Q&A with Oluwatoyosi Ogunseye
Oluwatoyosi Ogunseye has over 11 years experience as an Investigative Journalist. She became the first female editor in the 41-year history of The PUNCH Newspaper, Nigeria’s most widely read newspaper, when she was appointed as Editor of the Sunday title – Sunday Punch. A 2014 Laureate of the African Women in News Leadership Award given by the World Association of Newspapers, she is tasked with the responsibility of ensuring that Sunday Punch is the best paper in the Nigeria every Sunday. In 2014, she became the first Nigerian to win the Global Journalism Community’s premier prize: The Knight International Journalism Award. Read more…
Interesting fact about Oluwatoyosi
Oluwatoyosi Ogunseye is the first female editor of Nigeria’s Punch newspaper. She has also recently been selected as the recipient of the Presidential Precinct’s inaugural Young Leader Award. Read more…
ALI Media Fellowship: You are a remarkably young and yet highly-accomplished journalist. What drives you?
Oluwatoyosi: Bringing about positive changes drives me. Being able to do stories that bring about social or economic change/s to an individual or society is fulfilling.
ALI Media Fellowship: What would you describe as some of the challenges you have had over the past few years and how have they shaped you?
Oluwatoyosi: I remember when Boko Haram threatened to attack Punch Newspaper a few years ago. It was a reminder of the hazards journalists face all over the world. I’m however grateful to work with an amazing team and to also have a supportive management team.
ALI Media Fellowship: Where do you see your role in shaping Africa’s financial media landscape?
Oluwatoyosi: I hope to keep financial stories that affect the everyday lives of Nigerians on the front burner and to also encourage more journalists to take up financial reporting.
ALI Media Fellowship: Where do you see yourself in the next 5-10 years?
Oluwatoyosi: Managing a media enterprise while also playing an active role in the governance and leadership of my country.
ALI Media Fellowship: What would you like to be remembered for?
Oluwatoyosi: I would like to be remembered as woman who did her best to make the lives of those she came across better; I would be like to be remembered as a journalist who did stories that brought about positive changes to individuals and society;
ALI Media Fellowship: Any words on the ALI Media Fellowship Programme?
Oluwatoyosi: ALI Media fellowship is a great opportunity for me to hone my journalism skills and also build a network of fantastic media leaders.
ALI Media Fellowship: Thank you for the Q&A and congratulations once again on being selected as the recipient of the Presidential Precinct’s inaugural Young Leader Award. You have done us proud!