If you are a lawyer; passionate about and championong women and human rights, and desirous of drawing attention to issues of child abuse, gender-based violence, and discrimination against women, it is only natural that you think about the media.
Shola Soyele not only thought about the media but also went into the fourth estate of the realm and, as judicial correspondent for Channels Television, she anchors Law Weekly, the channel’s programme that takes an in-depth look at legal activities across Nigeria.
She is so good at being a lawyer and a journalist that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo described her as the “doyen of legal journalism”.
Below are some titbits about Soyele:
- She is a lawyer and a journalist.
- She is an alumnus of the School of Media & Communication of the Pan Atlantic University.
- A fellow of the Report Women Leadership Programme of the Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism
- Soyele runs a leadership and mentorship programme for female students of the Faculty of Law, University of Lagos.
- She does humanitarian work in her spare time.
- She is a member of the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team (DSVRT).
- She was Assistant General Secretary of the “lawyers in the media” group of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA).
- Soyele was named TV Presenter of the Year in the 2014 Exquisite Ladies of the Year (Eloy) Awards.
She was described by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo as the “doyen of legal journalism”.
- She bagged two awards in 2019 – one from the Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism and the other as the Law Media Personality of the year in the ESQ Nigerian Legal Awards.