About Us

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RuralReporters.com covers under-reported issues in rural communities. We report on Agriculture, Health, Women and generally on Rural Development. One of the goals we seek to achieve is to create a sustainable media portal that will harness the power of technology to amplify underreported issues, in order to make rural communities an integral part of global development.
Meet the founding team:

Ajibola Amzat, @ajibolaamzat

My name is Ajibola Amzat. I am passionate about journalism, democracy, and development. I have a diverse area of interest, which includes investigative reporting, data analysis, research, and storytelling. I was a knight fellow at Rhodes University, South Africa; a 2009 media fellow of Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations; the overall winner of 2016 Promasidor Quill Awards and the 2017 Winner of Davis Project for Peace grant. I’m currently a graduate student at Columbia Journalism School, where I’m studying data journalism.I was the Feature Editor at The Guardian newspaper, the flagship of Nigeria’s print journalism, before attending graduate school at Columbia University.

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Jennifer Ehidiamen, @disgeneration

jennewMy name is Jennifer Ehidiamen. In 2014, I started working on this news and research project with a team in Kenya, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, and Ghana. I do not fit into the traditional role of a founder or CEO — I’m more like a midwife. I like helping bring ideas to life. I recruit and engage new members. And work with the team to strategise on ways to achieve our goals.

I write. I also create stuff. Like other self-starters, an entrepreneurial organization excites me. In the few years of working in the communications and journalism field, I have helped “launch” a couple of online media ventures. My experience as a reporter [Voice of America, Global Press Journal, The Nation etc.] and communications consultant for different organizations in Nigeria and overseas gingered the interest to keep exploring the intersection between technology, storytelling, and development.As per formal education, I have an undergraduate degree in mass communication from the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos, and M.A. in business and economics from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, New York. I’m still craving for more…but oh how I enjoy learning by doing!
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Oluwabusayo Sotunde, @BusayomiSotunde

busayosotundeMy name is Oluwabusayomi Sotunde. I am a writer and an idea builder. As one of the founding team members at RuralRepoters.com, I manage the editorial team and also curate the weekly special report for our high-level readers. I have represented RuralReporters team at different international gatherings including events organized by the African Union.

I have always been interested in reading and writing about development issues…so writing for RuralReporters.com gives me the opportunity to marry my love for writing and passion for development issues in Africa. RuralReporters.com has provided me with a platform where I can focus intensely on social-economic development in rural communities, which are mostly under-served. So here I’m like a mouthpiece for people in the rural communities whose voices are often unheard and underrepresented in the mainstream media.

I have worked as a freelance reporter for CP-Africa, Ventures Africa, Investing Port and other media, covering business, entrepreneurship, and reproductive health issues. I graduated with a degree in mass communication from the Nigerian Institute of journalism.

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Ibrahim Olalekan, @lekanpaul

 My name is Olalekan Paul Ibrahim. lekanpaulI am a journalist and community organizer with a passion for rural development. I have covered stories in rural communities in Nigeria.
As a member of the founding team at rural reporters, I manage partnerships and also research communities for editorial coverage. I am excited by this vision of amplifying stories often ignored by mainstream media.
I graduated with a degree in mass communication from the University of Lagos.
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 THE CONTRIBUTORS:

We are a team of journalists, citizen reporters, photojournalists, content editors, and writers who are passionate about improving rural communities! Interested in joining the team? Please contact: editor@ruralreporters.com

 

Catherine Nwambura, @catherinenyamb1, Kenya

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Rayond Zvavanyange, @zvavanyanger3, Zimbabwe/South Africa

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Happy Zirra, @Happy_Zirra, Nigeria

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Ritah Namwiza, @rhelmzrt, Uganda

 

 

 

 

 

Opeoluwa Aboaba, @TomiBady, Nigeria

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Wallace Mawire, @wallacemawire, Zimbabwe

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Aderolake Olowojoba, @daughtozi, Nigeria

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Sarah Anupi Kutahi, @SarahAnupi, Kenya

 

 

 

 

 

Dolapo Julius, @ItsDolapoJuliusNigeria

Robert Aseda, @Varaq, Kenya

Mike Okunson, @MikeOkunsonKenya

Andrew Mambondiyani, @MambondiyaniZimabwe/SA/Tanzania

Ray Mwareya @RMwareyaMozambique/Zimbabwe/SA