Hivos and Climate Tracker select 12 young African journalists for investigative fellowship

August 14, 2020

After an extensive selection and learning program, Climate Tracker and Hivos awarded 12 emerging young climate and energy journalists with an investigative fellowship to uncover the stories behind Africa’s renewable energy challenge. The fellowship is the last – and due to the COVID situation, changed – stage of the in January launched energy journalism competition for African journalists.

The 12 selected emerging reporters will investigate some of the biggest national energy challenges across Africa. They will question governments’ and private sector’s energy policies, investments and practices. They will depict views from energy experts and raise the voices of the ones facing the energy challenges on a daily basis. In short, they will frame their nation’s energy debate.

Awaiting the journalists’ powerful stories, we introduce you to all twelve:

Oladeinde Olawoyin, Nigeria

He is passionate about telling hidden stories of Climate, Environment and Development as they affect underprivileged people across Africa. Oladeinde is a first class graduate of Mass Communication from the University of Ilorin, Nigeria. Lagos-based development-focused journalist open to collaborations that would impact humanity and make the world a better place to live.




Niyi Oyedeji, Nigeria

Niyi Oyedeji is a young journalist of many paths, who believes in solving issues in the society through his reportages. He currently works with the International Centre for Investigative Reporting (ICIR) Abuja, after spending over two years at the Nigerian Tribune Newspaper. His work revolves around Education, Climate Change, Global Health, Gender, Fact-checking, Development and Humanitarian issues.




Charles Pensulo, Malawi

Charles Pensulo is a freelance Journalist based in Malawi with a passion for environmental and climate change stories especially how these affect ordinary people including women and children in a society.

An avid reader and social media junky, he also likes to hike and visit new places.





Amos Abba, Nigeria

Amos is an investigative journalist with The International Center for Investigative Reporting(ICIR) Abuja.He currently reports on the oil and gas sector with a special focus on how the activities of the oil industry in Nigeria impacts the environment. In 2019, Amos was shortlisted for the Thomson Reuters Foundation Young Journalist Awards and was also a finalist for the prestigious Kurt Schork International Journalism awards. He is a second runner – up at the inaugural Fetisov Journalism Awards, in Luzern, Switzerland in the environmental journalism category. Amos is passionate about solution journalism.

Jennifer Ugwa, Nigeria

Jennifer is a freelance investigative journalist. She has written quite a number of reports on Nigeria/World politics, Business, Human/Child Rights, and effects of government policies on the environment as it impacts climate change. Jennifer believes that little drops make an ocean and through her reports hold state and nonstate actors accountable. A die-hard optimist, she might be caught singing out loud when she is not writing or on a flight!



Daniel Samson, Tanzania

Daniel Samson is a data Journalist in Tanzania. He specializes in business, environment, education and data reporting. He holds a B.A in Journalism from the University of Dar es Salaam and attended short courses on investigative and data journalism from Tanzania Media Fund (TMF) and Tanzania Media Women’s Association (TAMWA) Dedicated to reporting solution based digital stories that help people and businesses to make decisions.




Ahmed Saba, Egypt

Ahmed Saba El-Lail is from Egypt. He is an award-winning journalist and has published many articles on environmental, climate, energy and water issues. He is the founder of the climate platform – Bel – and has been a participant in numerous fellowships and international programmes. Most recently, he was a candidate of the French Agency Programme for the Development of Media.




Diana Taremwa Karakire, Uganda

Diana Taremwa Karakire is a freelance Journalist based in Uganda. She is passionate about environmental issues and writes on climate change, renewable energy, food security and human rights.

Her work has been published by Equal Times, Africa Business Magazine, Biofuels International Magazine and the Earth Journalism Network.




Lungelo Ndhlovu, Nigeria

Lungelo Ndhlovu is a multiple-award winning international  journalist based in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. He specialises in news writing, photography and video production, covering major news, features and local events for various media organisations. He also researches and writes about news stories on climate change, renewable energy on  digital platforms and visual journalism.




Noah Omuya, Uganda

Multimedia journalist from Uganda and the CEO for Aica Communications Ltd, a media company that runs an online website

He publishes articles that are predominantly focused on rural life and most of the stories are from the areas which receive less attention from the media. Noah is a two-time winner of the Media Challenge Awards in Uganda (2018- Best Feature Story award, 2019 – Best Climate Change Photography Award).



Robert Kibet, Kenya

Robert Kibet is an athlete/athlete agent and a freelance journalist published at the Guardian UK, Inter Press Service (IPS), In Depth News (IDN), Equal Times, the New Humanitarian (formerly IRIN), News Deeply, Thomson Reuters Foundation, Deutsche Welle (DW), Ubuntu Times and Farm Radio International (FRI).





Allan Mungai, Kenya

Allan is a journalist based in Nairobi, Kenya. He writes for The Standard – whether it is about the smuggling of migrants across Kenya or the abuse of government sanctioned logging. Some of his reporting on logging, climate change and drying rivers has contributed to policy changes. When he is not writing, Allan is scratching his head over his receding hairline.








Note: If you’re interested in our selection process, and how we ended up with this great group of emerging journalists, here’s a brief description on our process throughout.