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Winners emerge in CAPPA trans-fats journalism fellowship programme

Seven journalists from various media organisations across Nigeria have won the journalism fellowship on the #TransFatFreeNigeria campaign, organised by the Corporate Accountability and Public Participation Africa (CAPPA).

Temitayo Ayetoto
Temitayo Ayetoto of Business Day, one of the Fellows

The journalists are Andrew Mshelia (Nagarta Radio), Abenmire Adi (HitFM/Cross River Watch), Agbonkhese Oboh (Vanguard), Chukuwumah Muanya (The Guardian), Temitayo Ayetoto (Business Day), Frank Ajufo (Vision FM) and Amos Abba (ICIR).

The fellowship, supported by Global Health Advocacy Incubator (GHAI), is said to be part of CAPPA’s efforts to build the capacity of the Nigerian media to report on fellowship is focused on ways to eliminate trans-fat from Nigeria¹s food supply from an informed perspective in line with the World Health Organisation’s recommended standards for countries to follow.

The fellowship was announced on October 13, 2020 and opened to journalists whose investigation will explore ways to eliminate trans-fat from Nigeria¹s food supply chain in line with the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommended standards for countries to follow regarding trans-fats.

The fellowship, said CAPPA, intends to build and improve the public awareness on trans fats and world best practices regarding its use as well as other issues relating to it.

A team of senior and experienced journalists critiqued the entries to pick out the seven best.

The fellowship will begin in January 2021 for two months, with the journalists reporting on a variety of subjects including trans-fat content in food, trans fat and wellbeing, industry players and food labelling and distinguishing trans-fat enhancing cardiovascular diseases and implications of the treatment of such in Nigeria.

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