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Emmanuel Mayah is a winner of 22 media awards. He is a two-time winner of the CNN African Journalist Award, a two-time winner of FAIR’s African Investigative Journalism Award, the West African Journalist of the Year 2017 and the Grand Prize winner of the Norbert Zongo African Investigative Reporters Award 2017. Mayah is the 2017 winner of the prestigious Global Shinning Light Award – making him the first African to win the award in its history.
His high-impact stories are centered on corruption in government, state crime, oil and gas sector, illicit finance, tax justice investigation, budget tracking, shipping fraud, transnational organized crime, migration and subjects of international social justice.
Mayah was the Nigerian journalist that journeyed for 37 days in 2009 across the Sahara Desert on the road to Europe. The resultant story, 'Europe by Desert: Tears of African Migrants' is published in the UNESCO Casebook 2012. The anti-human trafficking TV serial, Etohan, that ran on national television in Nigeria, was based entirely on Mayah's story and experience. In 2010, he received a national honour as Nigeria's Anti-Human Trafficking Ambassador.
In 2013 Mayah expanded his skill in business investigation by training in Illicit Finance at the City University in London. His knowledge of Transfer Pricing, Shell Companies and Tax Havens inspired his ground-breaking investigation of dodgy finances by the telecom giant, MTN.
Following years of producing high-impact investigative reports, Mayah has worked in several countries in Africa and Europe in collaboration with international development organizations, among them Oxfam, Global Integrity, the International Centre for the Promotion of Human Rights (CIPDH) Argentina, and the Geneva-based Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime.
He is the Lead Researcher for Inequality in Nigeria: - a report commissioned by Oxfam Novib. He is the producer of Tax 'n' Tempest - an investigative documentary on multiple taxation in Nigeria's informal sector - a project funded also by Oxfam Novib.
Emmanuel Mayah has had several speaking engagements on variegated themes including 'Illicit Financial Flows/Leakages and Inequality in Nigeria' at a policy dialogue on inequality in Nigeria 2005; 'Nexus between Crime, Corruption and Governance (Senegal 2014); 'Africa and Emerging Countries: New Geopolitical Challenges, New Information Challenges (the World Social Forum, Senegal 2011); 'Tobacco, Terrorism and Organized Crime (6th Global Investigative Journalism Conference, Geneva 2010); 'China in Africa (University of Witwatersrand, South Africa 2011) and 'Media Companies and their impact on Africa-Latin America democratic process' (Buenos Aires 2015).
He was the guest speaker from Africa at the pre-COP22 Conference in Argentina 2016, speaking on Climate Change Policy Crisis and Migration Explosion in Africa. The same year, he was a panelist at the European Union’s Human Rights Forum on Migrants' Smuggling and Human Trafficking.
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