Ajibola Amzat

Ajibola Amzat is the Africa Editor at CCIJ. He specializes in Investigative and Data Journalism.

Until November 2022, Amzat was the managing editor at the International Centre for Investigative Reporting (ICIR) where he led several investigative projects funded by National Endowment Democracy (NED), Institute for War and Peace Reporting, MacArthur Foundation, Centre for Democracy and Development, and others.

He had previously worked with The Guardian newspapers, the flagship of Nigerian print journalism, and rose to the position of Features Editor before joining ICIR in 2018.

After a compulsory one-year National Youth Service, he started his journalism career in 1998 with Mid-week Spring, a community newspaper in Osogbo, Osun State, Nigeria, covering courts and education.

He also worked as energy correspondent with Nigeria Energy Digest, publisher of a specialised magazine in the oil and gas sector between October 2006 and July 2007 when he later joined The Guardian as a general assignment senior reporter.

He had also freelanced for online newspapers in South Africa, United Kingdom and the US.

A graduate of Mass Communication University of Lagos (UNILAG), Amzat obtained postgraduate degrees in Journalism and Media Studies at Rhodes University (South Africa); and Data Journalism at Columbia School of Journalism (US). He also received a master’s degree in International Law and Diplomacy at UNILAG and completed his MBA at the Quantic School of Business and Technology in Washington, D.C. (US).