BusinessDay’s Anudu wins Wits University investigation nomination
The University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, has nominated Odinaka Anudu, BusinessDay’s journalist, as one of the five Africans to participate in a fully-funded investigation in Guateng.
Anudu was nominated alongside four other journalists from Botswana, Cameroon, Uganda and Liberia after a highly competitive scrutiny of investigation projects and stories.
Anudu won the Industrialisation and Development category and will be guided by John Bailey, an international and senior journalist for eNCA, a 24-hour television news broadcaster focusing on South African and African stories.
Anudu’s winning project deals with the nature and type of skills transferred to South Africans and Africans in general by Guateng-based vehicle manufacturers and assemblers.
He will travel to South Africa in early November to investigate the story and present his findings to the university. He will work with Zheng Qingting, who was described as ‘a very competent Chinese journalist’.
Odinaka Anudu won the 2016 Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) Reporter of the Year and was trained by the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) on trade negotiation, having been nominated by ECOWAS.
A development economist, philosopher and journalist, he manages BusinessDay’s Start-Up Digest and Real Sector Watch sections, covering SMEs, manufacturing and trade.
He was formerly the secretary-general of the National Drug Abuse Control Association. He has received local and international trainings in journalism, authoring two books, ‘Top-Class English for Schools and Colleges’ and ‘Drug Abuse and Our Future: Who Will Bell the Cat’.