The U.S embassies in Addis Ababa and Abuja, Nigeria in partnership with Ethiopian and Nigerian independent media houses have launched a joint initiative dubbed “Uniting African Journalists” (UAJ). The new initiative aspires to support connections between Ethiopian and Nigerian media houses with the hope that this can lead toward new opportunities, increased professional capacity, and stronger support and collaboration among African journalists.
Five broadcast and print media houses from Ethiopia and six media outlets from Nigeria have joined the initiative. In the first phase, representatives of Ethiopian media outlets spent a week in Abuja at the end of November to explore possibilities with their Nigerian counterparts. This week, Nigerian media representatives will arrive in Addis Ababa to continue to conversation with Ethiopian media.
Partner media houses from Nigeria includes Channels Television, Premium Times newspaper, Daily Trust newspaper, Nigerian Television Authority, Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (Radio Nigeria), and Cool/Wazobia/Nigeria Info.
Uniting African Journalists initiative is part of the U.S government’s commitment to supporting professional independent media and encouraging free press and freedom of expression.