Anu Adelakun, TV director of TheCable, has been selected among the scholarship recipients of the Bertha Foundation’s Challenge 2022 scholarship program.
The “Bertha Challenge” is an opportunity for activists and investigative journalists to spend a year focusing on an urgent problem of social justice.
Adelakun is a development-focused, high-impact documentary journalist and producer, leading TheCable newspaper’s video team as director and head of production.
Some of his works, many of which have been featured on BBC / CNN, have won multiple awards and, more importantly, have received responses from governments and institutions across Nigeria.
She is a founding member of the Women’s Economic Imperative, a UNICEF Voices of Youth alumnus, a Carrington Youth Fellow, the recipient of the United States Consul General’s Award, the UN Women / Empower Women Global Champion for Change, a Chevening alumnus and a USGEEA award winner.
Her most recent documentary on the stories of victims of police brutality during the 2020 #EndSARS protests contributed to testimonies at the Lagos panel, which was followed by compensation from the government.
For the program, Adelakun will produce a documentary on the dynamics of Nigerians who do not have access to drinking water.
Twelve other journalists from around the world were also selected for the scholarship.
Among them, Mustafah Adbulaziz from Germany, Shinji Yoshimoto from Brazil, Fumba Chama from Zambia, Tommy Greene from Northern Ireland and Maria May from Guam.
The others are Luisa Izuzquita from Belgium, Aminah Jasho from Kenya, Pascalinah Kabo from Lesotho, Abdikhayr Hussein from Somalia, Fredrick Mugira from Uganda, Musuk Nolte from Peru and Jelena Prtoric from Croatia.
The Bertha Challenge aims to support the innovative work of Fellows to investigate social justice issues, giving them time to work exclusively on projects, spaces in which to connect with a diverse global cohort of Bertha Fellows, and resources to develop tangible products. speak directly to the question of the challenge.
Fellows will receive a paid non-residential scholarship and project budget to work independently and together.