What you should know about 2016 JFC award nominees

Bio-brief of JFC Award Nominees

MARK, Esther Onyinyechi,

MARK, Esther Onyinyechi, Journalist, Writer, Education Ambassador is Content Developer/ Editor Scholars Hub Africa and News Editor of Edufrica.com.

A graduate of Mass Communication from University of Jos, Esther’s exciting journalism experience dates back to her days in the University where she not only held various position in campus publications and broadcast station, but was a reporter for the Campus-Life section of The Nation and Vanguard Newspapers.

Her excellent journalism practice has earned her a number of local and international awards including the following:

  • Runner Up, Promasidor Quill Award Best Online Reporter, 2016
  • Finalist, Up, NB Golden Pen Awards Report of the Year, 2016
  • Nominee: 2015 EU Lorenzo Natali Media Prize (Africa Category)
  • Winner: 2012 Coca Cola/ NBC Entertainment Reporter of the Year for The Nation Newspaper

Our nominee for today’s award is a Member, Nigeria Union of Journalist, (NUJ) Plateau state chapter and Associate Member, Institute of Customer Relationship Management (ICRM)-Nigeria.

Her hobbies and interest includes, Development, Academia, Education, Children, Books, Music, Dance, Feature Writing.


Ebenezar Wikina

Ebenezar Wikina is a 24-year old digital journalist and development communication expert whose seven-year experience in the media has exposed him to working in the public, private, and non-profit sectors.

Wikina who is very passionate about covering stories related to new media, technology, digital education, diplomacy, and Africa’s evolving development landscape is best known for The Stroll Live— an international podcast series which he started in 2013 and ​has so far​  featured over 120 global leaders from over 30 countries around the world.

His writing has been featured on various local and International Platforms including The  United Nations Website (Geneva and New York),  the World Economic Forum blogThe Huffington PostUNICEF Voices of YouthVentures AfricaYNaija, to mention a few.

​Wikina who is a digital communications and research officer for the Rivers State Government Sustainable Development Goals Office is also a TEDx Organizer, World Economic Forum Global Shaper, and Sustainable Development Goals Advocate.

He was recently named journalist of the month by the International Journalists Network (IJNET) website.



Tayo Elegbede

Tayo Elegbede is a multimedia freelance journalist and creative communicator with a bias for digital practice for human, organisational and social development.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Linguistics from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, amongst other academic certificates and professional training with the BBC, Radio Netherlands, NIPR, IFBA, Commonwealth of Learning, FRCN, Hootsuite, et al. 

With over six years of robust journalistic adventure, Tayo has crisscrossed the Radio, TV, Newspaper and Online landscape of the media industry. 

As a writer, digital strategist and communicator, he has been involved in the execution of myriad of offline and online media-centric projects of local and global repute including the African Development Bank’s #AEC2016, The Social Media Africa Summit and Awards, Let’s Do It Africa, Nigerian Elections Projects, and lots more.

As a journalist with one of Africa’s fastest rising news platforms, TheNewsGuru.com, Tayo has produced diverse reports of industry standard, including an investigative report into the state of the Presidential aircraft handed over to the Nigerian Air Force by the Presidency in 2016; #MyRecessionStory, an insightful documentary narrative into the effect of the current economic recession on Nigerians, their businesses and lifestyle.

Tayo has held several editorial roles including serving as the Editor for DevelopmentDiaries.com, an Assistant Editor for London-based YourCommonwealth.org, Editor for Social Media Africa Hub, amongst others. He has been a columnist on frontline national dailies and magazines both offline and online. 

Tayo is an upholder of positive social, cultural and Godly values. He is thrilled by every opportunity to enjoy and produce good music, engage in robust convo and explore new ideas as well as meeting creative minds.

Tayo is currently on a mission to demystify and deliver the unexplored gains of technology to African journalism and the continent as a whole.