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Adie Vanessa Offiong is an award-winning journalist in Abuja, Nigeria, with experience in cross border reporting, investigative, science and development journalism. Her works have been published by the British Medical Journal blog, the International Health Policy newsletter of the Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp, Zam Chronicles, the International Centre for Investigative Reporting and Daily Trust newspaper, where she worked for about a decade.

A piece on her June 2020 webinar ‘Exploring the boundaries of Journalism Ethics, Charity & Advocacy,’ was also published by the International Journalists’ Network (IJNet). The webinar looked at journalists’ struggles with professional ethics and offering assistance to vulnerable newsmakers they meet in the course of writing their stories.

Vanessa is passionate about promoting the course of women and is the coordinator of the mentorship program for female journalists under the Women in Media & Development Initiative (WIMDI). Her story ‘Abuja communities where girls are raped en route school,’ won her the 2019 Africa Media Development Foundation (AMDF) Journalists of the Year Award. She was also the only female finalist of the 2019 Continental Journalism Awards on the African Union Charter, for her story ‘Twists, turns of Benin Republic’s Election.’

She has presented and discussed her works at the prestigious Africa Investigative Journalism Conference in Johannesburg, South Africa. Ms Offiong is member of the Health Systems Global, African Investigative Publishing Collective and of the Center for Collaborative Investigative Journalism.