Patrick Egwu

Patrick Egwu is an award-winning freelance investigative journalist based in Johannesburg, South Africa where he is currently an Open Society Foundation fellow on Investigative Reporting at the University of the Witwatersrand. Patrick has more than five years of journalism experience covering conflict, migration, global health, education, climate change, corruption and other development issues in Nigeria and sub-Saharan Africa which have been published by publications such as Foreign Policy, NPR, African Arguments, This is Africa, Christian Century, Ozy, Ripples Nigeria, International Centre for Investigative Reporting and elsewhere. 

Patrick has attended the Global Investigative Journalism Conference [GIJC], Investigative Reporters and Editors [IRE], African Investigative Journalism Conference [AJIC],International Anti-Corruption Conference and in 2019, the Falling Walls Science Conference in Berlin where he had the opportunity of covering the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall which had German Chancellor Angela Merkel, President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and leaders of Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and Czech Republic in attendance. 

Patrick has won reporting grants from National Geographic, Transparency International's Journalists for Transparency, JAMLAB, the International Centre for Investigative Reporting [ICIR], Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism [PTCIJ], and Ripples Centre for Data and Investigative Journalism [RCDIJ]. 

For his reporting, he has been recognized and awarded some international journalism prizes including the 2020 DeRose-Hinkhouse Memorial Awards in the United States for reporting on migration and human trafficking; the 2019 Hostwriter Story Prize in Berlin, Germany for a cross-border collaborative reporting on female genital mutilation in Nigeria, Kenya and Senegal; and; the Hostwriter Pitch Prize in Warsaw, Poland in 2018. In 2017 and 2016 respectively, he was announced winner of the Ameenah Gurib-Fakim award for Science and Technology in Ethiopia and the 2016 Haller Prize for Development Journalism in Kenya.

In January 2020, Hostwriter, a non-profit, cross-border organization based in Berlin, Germany which connects more than 5000 journalists from more than 150 countries around the world appointed him as a Hostwriter Ambassador in Nigeria. 

Patrick has a master’s and bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication from University of Nigeria in 2019 and 2014 respectively and is currently studying for a PhD at the same institution.

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