NABJ Honors Chika Oduah with 2018 Percy Qoboza Award

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018   ()
Posted by: Jovan Riley

NABJ Honors Nigerian-American Multimedia Journalist Chika Oduah with 2018 Percy Qoboza Award



DETROIT, MI (AUGUST 1, 2018) - The Board of Directors of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) has selected Nigerian-American multimedia journalist Chika Oduah as the recipient of this year's Percy Qoboza Award. The honor will be recognized during the 2018 NABJ Annual Convention & Career Fair in Detroit, going now through August 5. The convention is the largest annual gathering of minority journalists in the nation.

The Percy Qoboza Award is named for the late editor of The World newspaper in Soweto, South Africa, whose powerful columns included coverage of the 1976 Soweto riots and the tragic horrors of apartheid.

Oduah has also risked her life in the pursuit of journalistic excellence. She has bravely reported on the terrorist group Boko Haram. She was one of the few journalists reporting on-the-ground where the group operates and was the first international journalist to spend time in the remote Nigerian town of Chibok shortly after Boko Haram terrorists abducted nearly 300 female students at the high school there.

Oduah also reports on women's health across Africa, investigating hospital management systems and revealing the stigmas women inflicted with illnesses face in their communities. She strives to report stories of development and positive advancement in Africa. Her stories on education reveal efforts to boost girls' high school and university graduation rates. She also reports on the rise of young African startup entrepreneurs.

She was raised and attended school in metro Atlanta. Expression of her interest in journalism began at age 16, when she began writing for a local newspaper. Since then, she has been a contributor to radio stations and news publications in a number of American cities. Oduah also worked at the NBC News headquarters in New York City, reporting for The Grio, an online news outlet focusing on the African-American community.

Following her graduation from the Medill School of Journalism of Northwestern University and Georgia State University, Oduah has lived in Kenya, Nigeria and Senegal. Since moving to Africa, she has reported in many of the continent's countries while working with the broadcast networks of Voice of America, Al Jazeera, CNN and France24.

Oduah continues to bring to light news stories not only affecting the people of Africa, but particularly women of color in regions fraught with danger and oppression. Her commitment to journalistic integrity in the face of tremendous obstacles is what makes her the perfect recipient of this year's Percy Qoboza award.

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An advocacy group established in 1975 in Washington, D.C., NABJ is the largest organization of journalists of color in the nation, and provides educational, career development and support to black journalists worldwide.

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