The management of Legit.ng has announced the appointment of the award-winning journalists, Rahaman Abiola and Nurudeen Lawal as the company’s Editor-in-Chief and Current Affairs and Politics Head of Desk respectively.
Abiola was formerly Head of Desk, Human Interest and Diaspora. This appointment makes him the youngest Editor-in-Chief in the history of the media company.
The Editor-in-Chief is an award-winning fact-checking, digital, and human interest journalist with a track record of modern editorial practice including a demonstrated history of social media and newsroom management.
He holds a degree in English and Literature from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun state. He is also a recipient of the Kwame Karikari Dubawa Fact-checking Fellowship (2021), and beneficiary of the Nigeria Health Watch’s Solution Journalism Fellowship (2022).
Speaking on his appointment, Abiola said, “All I can say is that it is a bold and strategic move that demonstrates the company’s forward-thinking approach and willingness to embrace new ideas and innovation. It also shows that Legit.ng values talent and potential over age and experience, and recognises that younger generations bring a unique perspective and skillset to the table which is what I have been able to demonstrate.”
He plans to ensure that the newsroom works towards a similar goal, in line with the company’s mission, while also prioritising the welfare of the newsroom’s reporters, editors and head of news.
On the other hand, the newly appointed Current Affairs and Politics Head of Desk was the company’s former Deputy Head of Desk, Current Affairs and Politics.
Lawal joined Legit.ng in 2017 as Politics/Current Affairs Editor and Compliance Officer.
He took an active role in the reportage of news from the frontlines during the last general elections.
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