Marketing Strategist and popular Facebook influencer, Olumide GlowVille has been announced as part of the new cohort of Digital Influencers for The FactsMatterNG – a fact-checking initiative of the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) Knights Fellowship Programme in Nigeria. Olumide GlowVille joins Frank Donga, Sally Suleiman, Abdulbaki Jari, and others as influencers for this noble initiative.
Nigeria has a fake news problem which contributes to a lot of the divisions we battle along tribal, religious, and political lines. Many fact-checkers often can’t keep up with the rapid spread of fake news.
The FactsMatterNg initiative, run by the ICFJ Knight Fellowship programme in Nigeria provides a solution by keying into the power of influence to combat fake news. Hence the collaboration with Social Media Influencers and news platforms to counter fake news with facts by using the media.
Who are the influncers and media houses on this project?
The initiative brings together influencers such as popular actress Kate Henshaw and comedian Frank Donga to amplify fact checks and other content aimed at spreading the truth. Other influencers who have signed on to help spread accurate information include Dr. Chinonso Egemba (Aproko Doctor), Oluseun Onigbinde, Hamzat Lawal (CODE), ‘Fisayo Soyombo, and a host of others. These leading voices volunteer to amplify fact checks produced by these news organizations: Africa Check, Dubawa, TheCable, and the International Centre for Investigative Reporting (ICIR).
Every citizen has a right to credible information that will enable them to make informed choices about their lives and those who lead them. This initiative helps to increase access to credible information in the media, to promote better decision making among Nigerians.
As part of his commitment to using his social platform to promoting a peaceful Nigeria, Olumide GlowVille joins Frank Donga and other big names in this initiative.
Sharing the news in a Facebook post, Olumide GlowVille wrote, “I am proud to announce my new role as a digital influencer for the illustrious ICFJ Knight Fellowships Programme. This gives me great joy as I am able to use my voice and platform to fight fake news in Nigeria alongside other highly influential people and platforms. I am in good company, for the best cause, to make Nigeria a better place.“
International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) is a non-profit, professional organization located in Washington, D.C., United States, that promotes journalism worldwide. Since 1984, the International Center for Journalists has worked directly with more than 132,000 journalists from 180 countries over 27 years. ICFJ offers hands-on training, workshops, seminars, fellowships and international exchanges to reporters and media managers around the globe. The organization empowers an unparalleled global network of journalists to produce news reports that lead to better governments, stronger economies, more vibrant societies and healthier lives.