Emil Bolongaita | February 11, 2017
Obi Anyadike, M.A. ’97, will receive the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award from the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. This award honors Notre Dame graduates in peace studies whose careers and lives exemplify the ideals of international peacebuilding.
Based in Nairobi, Anyadike is editor-at-large and Africa editor of IRIN, the world’s leading humanitarian news service. IRIN reports from the frontlines of conflicts and natural disasters with the aim of driving a more effective response to crises. It has a unique audience profile, reaching influential decision-makers in government, the UN, and international NGOs; as well as the direct responders on the ground. IRIN promotes transparency and accountability in the complex and under-scrutinized multi-billion-dollar aid sector.
In his current role with IRIN, he is working on two year-long coverage projects: on climate change, and violent extremism in Sahelian West Africa. From 2009-14, Anyadike served as IRIN’s editor-in-chief, overseeing text and multimedia production across five regional desks in Johannesburg, Dakar, Nairobi, Dubai, and Bangkok, reporting on emergencies in some 70 countries. He is also responsible for creating PlusNews, a global HIV/AIDS news service that provided unique human-centered multimedia reporting on the epidemic.
Anyadike will accept the award and deliver a lecture entitled “Fake News and ‘Post-Truth’: Challenges to Global Journalism” at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, in the Hesburgh Center Auditorium.
“Obi Anyadike’s career provides a great example of the critical role journalism can play in peacebuilding. He brings experience with reporting and analysis of complex humanitarian issues and deep commitment to focusing more attention on under-represented areas of the world,” said Ruth Abbey, interim director of the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. “At this time of transition we especially look forward to hearing a voice from the Global South addressing issues which are critical for us all.”