Toyosi Ogunseye resumes as Head, BBC West Africa

One of the most celebrated female journalists in Africa and youngest former Sunday Punch Newspaper Female Editor, Oluwatoyosi Ogunseye has resumed office as the head of British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC, West Africa).

It’d be recalled that he appointment was disclosed in a statement on Wednesday, December 20, 2017 that the East African languages team would be led by Kenyan -based Rachel Akidi Okwir , while Nigeria’ s Toyosi Ogunseye would head its West African counterpart , managing Afrique, Hausa , Igbo, Pidgin English and Yoruba languages.

Oluwatoyosi Ogunseye is a Nigerian editor and journalist who distinguished herself as a core investigative journalist, which made her won more awards than any journalist at her age. She is also a Mandela Washington Fellow.

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She started as a student journalist as a second year student of the department of Biochemistry, University of Lagos when Musa Egbemana gave her a shot at reporting news happening in University of Lagos to be published on The Sun Newspaper at the time when Femi Adesina (now head, presidential media team) was the editor in 2004.

Toyosi later moved to News Star Newspaper as a senior correspondent in 2007. In 2009, she joined The Punch Newspaper as the sub-assistant editor for news and politics till 2012.

At The Punch, Toyosi specialized in crime on both local and international levels, and environmental issues.

Ogunseye is the youngest and first female editor in the 40-year history of Sunday Punch, a widely read Lagos newspaper. In a three-part series, she proved that residents in a well-to-do community in Lagos had high levels of toxins in their blood caused by pollutants from a nearby steel plant. The coverage prompted the government to shut down the plant, and to allow it to reopen only under strict new regulations.

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Her investigation into the death of a student who fell into a pit latrine resulted in a government initiative to replace the dangerous facilities. Another of her stories revealed how a nuclear power plant was about to be built in a poor neighborhood. After her piece ran, citizens mobilized, sued the government and stopped construction.

Her story on how newborns were dying at a top Nigerian hospital due to lack of adequate facilities forced the hospital to buy more incubators for high-risk infants.

Ogunseye is a biochemistry graduate of the University of Lagos, earned a post-graduate diploma in print journalism from the Nigerian Institute of Journalism and a master of science in media and communications from the Pan African University.

She is currently completing a PhD in politics and international relations from the University of Leicester in England.

Ogunseye has won over 25 media awards including the health category of the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist of the Year Awards in 2011 and 2013, Nigerian Academy of Science Journalist of the Year 2013, The Future Awards Africa 2013, Child-Friendly Reporter of the Year by the Diamond Awards for Media Excellence (DAME).

Toyosi keep soaring.

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