Dapo Olorunyomi

Nigeria

Dapo Olorunyomi became an ICIJ board member in 2019.

He is currently the publisher of Nigeria’s leading investigative news platform, Premium Times. Previous to this, he served as policy director and chief of staff at Nigeria’s leading anti-corruption agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

His work as editor during the years of military dictatorship in Nigeria earned him the 1995 International Editor of the Year Award of the World Press Review; the 1996 PEN Center (West) Freedom to Write Award; and the Press Freedom Award (1996) of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) New York.

In 2017, the Nigeria Union of Journalists awarded him its Press Freedom award; that same year, the Nigeria Institute of Journalists conferred him a fellowship award; and the Diamond Awards for Media Excellence announced him as recipient of its Lifetime Award.

Back in 1991 he was founding editor of the now-defunct Nigeria Journalism Quarterly, NJQ. Four years later, he founded the Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism to help hold political and economic powers accountable in the country.

He co-founded Nigeria’s first investigative journalism newsroom in 2011 and in 2014 West Africa’s first journalism innovation and development centre. Premium Times journalism represents a leading voice in promoting and demanding transparency and accountability in the region, and many of its works have gone to win national, regional, and global awards including a joint Pulitzer Award in 2016 on reporting the Panama Papers and the 2017 Global Shining Light Award of the Global Investigative Journalism Network.

He was educated at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, the Washington College of Law at American University in Washington, D.C., and the University of Oxford, in the United Kingdom.

His hobbies are exploring the logic of networks, reading, photography and art history.