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Published On: Fri, Jul 7th, 2017

BMIA Financial Journalism Program Graduates Final Class

The Gordon Institute of Business Science serving as Secretariat of the Bloomberg Media Initiative Africa (BMIA) is delighted to announce the completion and graduation ceremony of the BMIA Financial Journalism Training Program for classes 3 and 4 is scheduled for the 10th of July 2017 at the Wheatbaker Hotel, Ikoyi in Lagos. Since 2015, more than 500 delegates in South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya have completed the financial journalism training. The keynote address will be delivered by Frank Aigbogun, CEO Business Day.
The six-month certificate program funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, with additional support from the Ford Foundation, was announced in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2014 by Michael R. Bloomberg to advance business journalism in Africa. The training program delivered across three countries by preeminent faculty of leading business and journalism schools offered African mid-career journalists and business, government and civil society professionals courses in data analysis, financial markets, economics, public policy and other relevant business and journalisms topics to accelerate development of a globally competitive media and financial reporting industry to increase market transparency and economic growth.
“BMIA has been an important conduit to promote transparency and accountability on issues of complexity that are relevant to society. The journalists who have completed the program are generating insightful news reports which will continue to hold government and its agencies accountable to the citizens,” says Paul Nwulu, a program officer at the Ford Foundation’s office in Lagos.
The University of Lagos’ Department of Mass Communication and Broadcasting, and the Lagos Business School in Nigeria; the University of Pretoria’s GIBS together with leading faculty from the Rhodes University’s School of Journalism and Media Studies in South Africa; and the University of Nairobi’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and Strathmore Business School in Kenya partnered

across three countries to developed and delivery this unique multidisciplinary training program. In July 2017 the Program will graduate 306 delegates, from Classes 3 and Four. These graduates join the 260 alumni of the program who successfully completed the training since 2015.

“The BMIA FJT Program came at the right time in Nigeria when diversification of markets and economic activities have started to attract global investment and attention. We are happy to report that the feedback we have received shows that participants derive immense value in the program and that rapid enhancement has been experienced in the quality of financial and business reporting in the country. We are grateful to Bloomberg Philanthropies for such an essential intervention in the critical aspects of our economic and financial development” says, Dr. Bongo Adi, Consortium Faculty, Lagos Business School.
”BMIA has revolutionized the teaching and practice of financial journalism in Nigeria. Now, journalists know that research and data should drive their work” says Prof Ralph A. Akinfeleye, the Chair and Head of UNILAG Mass Communication Department.

Throughout the 19 contact days delegates were exposed to experts and practitioners from government and major media and business companies with first-hand knowledge and experience in global markets and the media industry. Delegates received training over the course of the six-months on the Bloomberg Terminal.
Kirk Leigh, Head, Business and Market Intelligence, The Independent Newspaper, and BMIA FJT Class Three delegate remarked, “BMIA introduced me to the most powerful tool of financial and market analysis-The Bloomberg Terminal. It also deepened my grasp of various tools of analysis from economics to Microsoft Excel and financial statement analysis. As a result, I feel confident to take on any challenge and responsibility in that sphere even if it means leading the research department of a Fortune 500 company. Not only have I started a column in my newspaper as a direct result, I am now a TV pundit on economic and financial market matters. I also get called up by a radio station to contribute to matters on the economy. ”
Bloomberg is proud to have been instrumental in promoting business journalism in Africa by working with African journalists to enhance their level of understanding of critically important business and financial concepts and the role reliable, timely data can play to move markets and advance development, says Erana Stennett, Director, Bloomberg Media Initiative Africa. “We look forward to continuing to work with media leaders, journalists, government, and universities to enhance business and economic reporting on the continent.”

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