Year 2014: News That Made Headlines On RuralReporters.com

This year, with the amazing contributions from our team of freelance writers, photographers and reporters, we were able to cover exciting stories from all across Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

We focused on different issues including AGRICULTURE, HEALTH, WOMEN, ARTS & CULTURE, TRAVEL, Politics and some interesting PHOTO NEWS.

Here are some of the stories that made headlines, (in no particular order):

Tosin Gbemile, rural reporter’s photojournalist, covered the different traffic scenarios in Lagos. See more at: http://ruralreporters.com/traffic-congestion-in-lagos-what-it-really-looks-like

Our Community Champion series included an interview with 31 years old Lawrence Alaba Afere, a farmer and social entrepreneur. See more at: http://ruralreporters.com/how-a-young-nigerian-is-empowering-youths-to-build-nigerias-wholefoods

How can Agriculture become a catalyst for growth in Africa? – See more at: http://ruralreporters.com/why-african-governments-must-focus-on-agri-business-as-the-catalyst-for-africa-growth

Catherine Nyambura took us through Kenya’s history since the first case of HIV was first documented 30 years ago. See more at: http://ruralreporters.com/where-we-are-30-years-since-kenya-documented-first-hiv-case

At the 3rd Nigerian Family Planning Conference that held in Abuja, Dr Kole Shetima, spoke with Rural Reporters on issues affecting population growth, youths, Maternal Mortality Death and HIV/AIDS. Olalekan Ibrahim reported it – See more at: http://ruralreporters.com/government-is-not-investing-in-sexual-and-reproductive-health-dr-kole-shettima

Robert Aseda asked in his health-focused article: “Are Trained Traditional Birth Attendants Answer To Reducing Maternal Mortality? See more at: http://ruralreporters.com/kenya-trained-traditional-birth-attendants-answer-to-reducing-maternal-mortality/

David Atitola covered an interesting political issue: Will Nigeria 2015 Elections Make Provisions for People with Disabilities? See more at: http://ruralreporters.com/will-nigeria-2015-elections-make-provisions-for-people-with-physical-disabilities/

One of our reports on Ebola focused on advocating for improved health system and psychosocial support for those affected by Ebola. See more at: http://ruralreporters.com/doctor-advocates-for-better-health-system-and-psychosocial-support-for-those-affected-by-ebola

In our Art and Culture page, Busayo Sotunde Interviewed one of Nigeria’s Development Photographers, Bayo Omoboriowo. See more at: http://ruralreporters.com/a-gun-not-a-camera-should-threaten-you-bayo-omoboriowo/

For Travel, we covered “10 PEOPLE YOU WILL MEET IN A “DANFO” BUS” – See more at: http://ruralreporters.com/10-people-you-will-meet-in-a-danfo-bus/

In our World News report, we informed our readers in Nigeria of new changes to U.S Visa Application process. See more at: http://ruralreporters.com/the-u-s-embassy-introduces-new-visa-procedures-in-nigeria

Back on the issue of maternal health, Timidi Digha-Omolere from Ondo Nigeria shed light on why women still ignore Ondo State Government’s ban on Traditional Birth Attendants. See more at: http://ruralreporters.com/timidi-digha-omolere-why-women-still-ignore-ondo-state-governments-ban-on-traditional-birth-attendants/

Our reporter in Kaduna, Happy Zirra, traveled to Zamfara to report on the flood situation in Bagega. During the visit, she met a group of women who said, “We want to be empowered.” See more at: http://ruralreporters.com/we-want-to-be-empowered-bagega-women/

From Jos, Plateau state, Esther Mark explored the state’s hidden vibrant economy in metal fabrication and recycling. See more: http://ruralreporters.com/exploring-plateau-states-hidden-vibrant-economy-in-metal-fabrication-and-recycling-of-steel

We also had interesting reports from Zimbabwe, Delta and the rest.

We look forward to sharing more exciting stories for 2015. Amplifying rural voices, is our business.

Thank you for believing in us. Thank you for reading!

From all of us at RuralReporters.com, here is wishing you a HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Jennifer Ehidiamen is a tech-savvy journalist based in Lagos. She reports on global health and development issues in Africa for Voice of America (VOA News). Jennifer also serves as a photojournalist and communications consultant. A 2013 Innovative Young Journalist Award recipient, 2013 New Media fellow for International Reporting Project, 2010 LEAP Africa award recipient and a 2009 Atlas Service Corps Fellow, Jennifer recently founded the Rural Reports project [http://www.ruralreporters.com], a news portal dedicated to grassroots citizen-reporting. She serves as an Advisory Council member for Washington DC-based One World Youth Project (OWYP). She has published three books: "In Days to Come" (2004), "Preserve my Saltiness" (2011) and "Half A Loaf And A Bakery" (2013). Jennifer graduated from the Nigerian Institute of Journalism with a degree in Mass Communication. Follow Jennifer on Twitter @Disgeneration