Eromo Egbejule

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Eromo Egbejule
Eromo Egbejule

(1990-10-23) 23 October 1990 (age 32)
Occupation(s)Writer, journalist, filmmaker
Years active2012 - present

Eromo Egbejule is a Nigerian journalist, writer and filmmaker. He is known mostly for his work on the Boko Haram insurgency[1][2][3] and other conflicts in West and Central Africa.[4][5][6] He is currently Africa Editor at Al Jazeera English Online.[7]


Egbejule was born in Sapele in the southernmost part of Nigeria. He has degrees in engineering, media and communications and data journalism from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka,[8] University of Leicester and Columbia University respectively.

Writing career[edit]

He started as a music journalist, writing for local Nigerian papers like The Guardian (Nigeria), ThisDay,[9][10] NEXT and YNaija.[11] In 2014, he covered the ebola crisis in Liberia for local Nigerian media, but later that year began working as a freelance reporter and stringer for foreign media on music and culture.[12] Since then, he has reported extensively on the Boko Haram insurgency,[13] elections across West Africa, sustainability in the Peruvian Amazon, Sino-African relations in the Horn of Africa and other themes.[14] In a 2017 interview, he is quoted to have said his writing style focuses on 'rotating the cube',[15] rather than recycling reporting tropes on Africa.

His writing and photography have appeared in The Atlantic,[16] The Guardian (UK), Al-Jazeera,[17] New York Times, Financial Times, Washington Post, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung,[18] Thomson Reuters Foundation, Premium Times,[19] Telegraph (UK),[20] The Times[21] and more. In 2020, he joined OZY as its Africa Editor,[22] just months after leaving his role as West Africa Editor for The Africa Report magazine (2018-2019). In 2022, he joined Al Jazeera English as its Africa Editor.

In fall 2019, he was named one of four Dag Hammarsjköld Journalism Fellows at the United Nations Headquarters in New York for his work in covering 'husband schools' in rural Sierra Leone, setup to combat gender-based violence in the country.[23] His narrative nonfiction has also been shortlisted for the 2019 Miles Morland Foundation Writing Scholarship for narrative nonfiction. He has been described as "one of the country’s most important storytellers".[24]

Egbejule has also made intermittent incursions into academics, having been a visiting lecturer and researcher to Malmö University,[25] Sweden across February 2017. He has also taught lectures and seminar classes at the University of Copenhagen,[26] Linnaeus University, Växjö[27] and New York University on among other things, his coverage of the insurgency in the Sahel and Anglophone crisis in Cameroon. In 2014, he was a recipient of the Prince Claus travel grant [28] for culture and development, to facilitate a short teaching spell in Mexico.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Defiance on the dancefloor: clubbing in the birthplace of Boko Haram | Nigeria | The Guardian". 27 September 2016.
  2. ^ "The massacre Nigeria forgot: a year after Boko Haram's attack on Baga | Nigeria | The Guardian". 9 January 2016.
  3. ^ "The New Humanitarian | They're defeating Boko Haram but are they Nigeria's next security threat?". 22 August 2016.
  4. ^ "Death, displacement, trauma: Human cost of the Anglophone crisis | Features | Al Jazeera".
  5. ^ "Is another president attempting to cling to power in Guinea? | Features | Al Jazeera".
  6. ^ "Nigeria's spiraling herdsmen-farmer violence fuels fears of humanitarian crisis | Reuters". Reuters. 13 February 2017.
  7. ^ "Eromo Egbejule | al Jazeera News | Today's latest from al Jazeera".
  8. ^ "Award-winning Journalist & Storyteller Eromo Egbejule is our #BellaNaijaMCM this Week". 5 February 2018.
  9. ^ "Nigeria: Rex Jim Lawson and This Highlife of a Thing -".
  10. ^ "Nigeria: The 90's Wants Its' Stars Back -".
  11. ^ "YNaija Investigation: How – and why – Ghana's musicians are looking up to Nigeria (Part 1) » YNaija". 10 June 2013.
  12. ^ "From Semi Colon to Sweet Breeze: Nigeria's all time great band names | World news". The Guardian. 7 November 2014. Retrieved 3 April 2020.
  13. ^ Eromo Egbejule in Maiduguri (27 September 2016). "Defiance on the dancefloor: clubbing in the birthplace of Boko Haram | World news". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 April 2020.
  14. ^ "Djibouti: Small country, big stakes". 21 August 2018.
  15. ^ "Contemporary storytelling from Nigeria with ComDev visiting lecturer Eromo Egbejule | comdev portal TESTSITE".
  16. ^ "All Stories by Eromo Egbejule - The Atlantic". The Atlantic.
  17. ^ "Eromo Egbejule | al Jazeera".
  18. ^ "Raubkunst aus Benin: Die Beute-Bronzen".
  19. ^ "SPECIAL REPORT: How Diezani, her men, their deals bled Nigeria - Premium Times Nigeria". 9 September 2017.
  20. ^ "Eromo Egbejule".
  21. ^ Lagos, Eromo Egbejule. "Nigeria reclaims the champion it 'rejected'".
  22. ^ Estimated Reading Time: <1 (2 January 2020). "Nigerian journalist, Eromo Egbejule joins OZY Magazine as the First African Editor". NewsWireNGR. Retrieved 3 April 2020.
  23. ^ "'No more beatings': Sierra Leone's husband schools take on domestic violence". Reuters. 9 October 2017.
  24. ^ "Eromo Egbejule is partnering with Arit Okpo to revisit the tragedy of 'Jesse' » YNaija". 23 October 2019.
  25. ^ Tobias Denskus (7 March 2017). "Contemporary storytelling from Nigeria with ComDev visiting lecturer Eromo Egbejule - COMMUNICATION FOR DEVELOPMENT PORTAL". Retrieved 3 April 2020.
  26. ^ "Electronic newsletter CAS eNews". 19 September 2011.
  27. ^ "An Interview with Eromo Egbejule". Arts and Africa. 22 September 2017. Retrieved 3 April 2020.
  28. ^ "#MCM Journalist and storyteller, Eromo Egbejule, is our Man Crush this Monday! - Pulse Nigeria". 17 September 2018. Retrieved 3 April 2020.