Senior BBC role for Thomson Foundation FPA finalist

Toyosi Ogunseye, a former Thomson Foundation Young Journalist Award finalist, has been appointed head of the BBC's Language Services for West Africa.

Based in Lagos, Nigeria, Toyosi will manage programmes in Afrique, Hausa, Igbo, Pidgin and Yoruba. She's immensely pleased with her new job: "This is a huge honour. I'm so excited about this new role with the BBC and I look forward to working with its amazing journalists in the region.

I have no doubt that we will continue to produce quality journalism that our audiences love us for

Toyosi Ogunseye, head of BBC's Language Services for West Africa
Three part investigative series

For six years, Toyosi has been editor of the Sunday Punch, one of Nigeria's most widely read newspapers. In a three-part series for the newspaper, she showed that residents in a Lagos community had high levels of toxins in their blood caused by pollutants from a nearby steel plant. The coverage prompted the government to shut down the plant, and to allow it to reopen only under strict new regulations.

And her story on how newborns were dying at a top Nigerian hospital, due to a lack of adequate facilities, forced the hospital to buy more incubators for high-risk infants.

Toyosi is studying for a PhD in politics and international relations from Leicester University.


Toyosi's story features in our annual review. You can view it here



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