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Wole Soyinka Centre holds webinar on data journalism, Yemi Kale headlines event

NEWSMAN, Abuja – Organisers of the annual Wole Soyinka Centre Media Lecture Series on Monday said the 2020 edition is to hold on July 13 but through a webinar with Yemi Kale, Statistician General of the Federation and Chief Executive Officer of the National Bureau of Statistics headlining the event.

Executive Director of the Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism (WSCIJ), Motunrayo Alaka in a statement emailed to The NEWSMAN said the event which will be held virtually for the first time, will discuss the theme—“Data, media and national development.

Other confirmed speakers are Oluwayemisi Alaba, Senior Lecturer, Statistics Department, University of Ibadan; Mannir Dan-Ali, Editor-in-Chief, Daily Trust Newspaper, and Oluseun Onigbinde, Co-Founder and Director, BudgIT Foundation. Chioma Agwuegbo, Founder, TechHer will moderate the session.

The webinar will highlight the role of data for policy making, improving citizen’s welfare and ensuring sustainable development.

Alaka said the Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism has carefully chosen the theme and panelists “to highlight the role of data for policy making, improving citizen’s welfare and ensuring sustainable development considering current challenging economic realities exacerbated by the novel coronavirus pandemic.”

“Raising debates on critical issues affecting Nigeria has been the focus of the annual lecture since its 2008 maiden edition. From 2009, we have held the lecture on 13 July, to commemorate the birthday of Africa’s first Nobel Laureate in Literature and Grand Patron of the WSCIJ, Wole Soyinka, who will be 86 this year”, Alaka said.

“Because of the need to keep to responsible health and safety rules to help reduce the spread of covid19, we will host the 2020 lecture as a webinar. It is open to everyone including persons from the media, government, pressure groups, policy makers, private sector, students, non-governmental organisations and the diplomatic corps. Interested participants may access the link for the event through www.wscij.org/12wsclecture”, the WSCIJ executive director said.

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