Social Voices is a digital publication rooted in the practice of public service journalism, using a solutions-oriented reporting approach. With a mission to disrupt the media landscape of Nigeria, its primary objective is to promote and facilitate the integration of solutions journalism into daily reporting.
It’s also an initiative focused on implementing ways in which the media can be used as a tool for development by amplifying the voices of the common people and driving accountability in governmental institutions.
Social Voices also focuses on uncovering and reporting (using a solutions journalism lens) some of the most prominent challenges affecting the social welfare of the most vulnerable people in Nigeria.
Board of Trustee
Oluwaseun Durojaiye is the founder and managing editor of Social Voices. She is a journalist and communications strategist with over seven years working experience.
In 2019, she worked as a special correspondent for The Cable Newspaper in Nigeria, covering elections in the eastern region of the country and exposing electoral malpractices. She later worked as an investigative journalist at the International Centre for Investigative Reporting (ICIR), where she focused on reporting on gender issues.
As an investigative journalist, she was selected as a transnational fellow of the African Women Journalism Project (AWJP), and worked on a cross-border report highlighting the impact of COVID-19 in Nigeria and Kenya.
She’s an accredited solutions journalism trainer and has trained over 100 journalists on how to integrate solutions journalism into their reporting. In July 2021, she was selected as a solutions journalism Africa fellow and pioneered a curriculum and training deck used to train journalists on how to do solutions journalism in three major Nigerian languages; Hausa, Igbo, Yoruba including Pidgin – which is a popular lingua franca in West Africa.
She’s currently dedicated to spotlighting how people are working to solve the the most prominent challenges affecting the health, development and social welfare of the most vulnerable and marginalized people in Nigeria.
Jake Okechukwu Effoduh
Jake Okechukwu Effoduh has a demonstrated history in human rights advocacy across various domestic, regional and international systems. Effoduh anchored two nation-wide radio programmes in Nigeria for 12 years, which aired on 150 stations with over 35 million listeners tuning in weekly. This earned him several local and international awards including winning the Best Community Radio Presenter at the Nigerian Radio Awards in 2014; the Future Awards Africa Prize for Community Action in 2015, and the prestigious African Broadcaster of the year Award in 2016. He has gained programmatic, research and academic experiences from working across 21 African countries and serves on the board of several media organizations and NGOs including being a governing board member of a West African human rights fund operating in 12 West African countries.
Effoduh is a Partner in the law firm of Praxis & Gnosis Law. He is also a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Frontier Risks. He is a Global Shaper (alum) from the Abuja Hub in Nigeria and serves on the Equity and Inclusion Steering Committee of the Global Shapers Community. He holds 2 master’s degrees in international law from the University of Oxford and York University respectively.