Villa Aurora Grant Recipients | 2022

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Eric Ojo | Journalist

Eric Ojo
Eric Ojo

Since 1999, Eric Ojo has worked in different capacities for a number of print and online media houses in Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation. He is currently an Associate Editor at African Examiner Online, one of the pioneers of web-based journalism platforms in Africa, particularly in Nigeria.
His reporting and editorial experience cut across a broad spectrum of subjects, including human rights, gender and sexuality, security, peace and conflict, development, health, environment as well as water and sanitation. Notably, Ojo’s reportage of incessant communal, ethno-religious crises, armed conflicts, banditry, terrorism, and other related forms of criminality, in the last eight years, has deplorably subjected him to a nagging trauma of psychological burden and horror-induced depression. Aside from that, he is also haplessly horrified by the increasingly shrinking civic space in his native country, particularly as it relates to the growing threats, restricted freedoms, harassment, intimidation, attacks and even death, which has created a very risky and toxic environment for journalism practice in the West African nation. This ugly trend and a host of other limitations have adversely affected his work activities in many ways.
Ojo holds a Bachelor of Arts (B.A) Degree in Mass Communication from the University of Nigeria and a certificate in Economic and Financial Journalism (IIJ) Berlin, Germany. In addition, he has also completed his course work and thesis for the award of a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) Degree in Multidisciplinary Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, South Africa. He equally holds a Certificate in Sport Management from the University of South Africa (UNISA), South Africa.