The Daily Trust’s Managing Editor, Stella Iyaji, has been placed as the 12th of the 25 Most Powerful Women Journalists in Nigeria in a list released by Women in Journalism Africa (WiJAfrica).
Iyaji, who has been in the profession for 18 years, is known for her hard work, dedication and knack for professionalism.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Maiduguri and a master’s degree also in English from the University of Abuja.
She started her journalism career at the Imo Broadcasting Corporation in Owerri as a youth corps member.
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She later moved to DBN Television where she worked as a reporter and presenter. While there, she covered several beats, including the police, the judiciary, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Senate.
She joined the Media Trust Group, owners of the Daily Trust titles, Trust TV and Radio, as an Assistant News Editor in 2009 and was later appointed Deputy Editor of Daily Trust on Sunday. She was later deployed as Deputy Editor of the flagship title before her present appointment as Managing Editor.
She is also the Secretary of the Daily Trust Editorial Board and a presenter of Day Break on Trust TV.
The Group Executive Director, Digital and Editorial of the Media Trust Group, Naziru Mikailu, said Iyaji “is hardworking, committed and easy to work with. I celebrate with her for this incredible recognition and achievement. I believe recognition like this would encourage more women in the profession, especially in the North, to put in more effort in the discharge of their duties.”
He said Media Trust Group is a symbol of media representation and diversity in the country, making it the ideal place for women and other underserved groups to prosper.
“We have the most diverse newsroom in the country with people from different ethnic and religious groups occupying various positions across our multiple platforms,” he added.
Women in Journalism Africa said the 25 people on its list of the most powerful women in journalism have displayed a high level of skills and courage in their job.
It added that “The choice was made after a rigorous process, which looked at various aspects of the work of the selected women with an emphasis on depth and breadth of coverage of the elections, journalistic integrity, innovation and leadership qualities.”
Others listed are Neya Kalu of the Daily Sun, Tessy Igomu of the Punch, and Adenike Adebowale Tambe of Premium Times, among others.