Chika Oduah is the inaugural recipient of ICFJ’s Young Reporter for a Sustainable Future award. A Nigerian-American journalist, Chika works as a television news producer, writer, photographer and correspondent. She covers human rights, culture, conflict and development in sub-Saharan Africa from her base in Abuja, Nigeria.
Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, CNN, Al Jazeera, BBC and France24. She attended Georgia State University from 2004 to 2008 where she was awarded a bachelor of arts degree in anthropology and a second bachelor of arts degree in telecommunications. During her time in Georgia State University, she served as Vice President of the University’s chapter of the Society for Professional Journalists. She received a Master of Science degree from Medill School of Journalism after studying broadcast journalism.
She is one of the few journalists reporting on-the-ground from northeastern Nigeria, the heartland of the extremist group, Boko Haram.
She won the Trust Women “Journalist of The Year Award” from the Thomson Reuters Foundation in 2014 following her thorough and exclusive coverage of the 276 kidnapped schoolgirls by this extremist group. She is also the winner of the 2015 African Story Challenge award by the African Media Initiative and the International Center for Journalists and was listed in YNaija’s “Nigeria’s 100 Most Inspiring Women” on March 8, 2016.