Rethinking journalism that makes business sense in Africa. Prominent journalists and editors from Nigeria, Namibia, Zimbabwe and South Africa discussing their business and journalism strategies and models for media sustainability in Africa.



Idris Akinbajo, Managing Editor, Premium Times,  Nigeria
Gwen Lister, Chair, Namibia Media Trust, Namibia
Nigel Mugamu, Founder and Chief Storyteller, 263Chat,  Zimbabwe
Christoph Plate, Director, Media Programme Sub-Sahara Africa, KAS, South Africa (moderator)

See their short bios below ⇓

Speaker bios

Idris Akinbajo
Managing Editor, Premium Times, Nigeria

Idris Akinbajo is the Managing Editor at Premium Times, Nigeria’s leading investigative online newspaper. He is a multiple award-winning investigative journalist and his awards include Nigeria’s Investigative Journalist of the Year twice. A Masters degree holder from the University of Amsterdam, Idris supervises the day to day newsroom operations at Premium Times, headquartered in Abuja, Nigeria.

Gwen Lister
Chair, Namibia Media Trust, Namibia

Gwen Lister is a Namibian journalist, publisher, apartheid opponent and press freedom activist. She was the founding editor of The Namibian and currently serves as the Executive Chairperson of the Namibia Media Trust. Lister was jailed twice and won several international awards for her work. Among others, she was named a World Press Freedom Hero by the International Press Institute (IPI) and received an international press freedom award from the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and a Courage in Journalism award from the International Womens Media Foundation (IWMF), among others. She is a founder member of the International Consortium of International Journalists (ICIJ) and currently heads the Namibia Media Trust which owns The Namibian.

Nigel Mugamu
Founder and Chief Storyteller, 263Chat,  Zimbabwe

Nigel, an accountant in a former life is now a journalist by passion. Nigel, a self-confessed news junkie is passionate about travel, tech, current affairs, dialogue, wine and Manchester United.
In September 2012, Nigel established 263Chat. 263Chat is a Zimbabwean online publication focused on encouraging & participating in progressive national dialogue. Together with a team of fellow journalists, they publish the news every day on Nigel holds a Bachelor of Financial Administration (Accounting) from Australia and an MBA from the Scotland, UK.