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Welcome to the Nigeria Media Innovation Program (NAMIP) website. Visit our website for regular program and participants updates.

NAMIP Participants

Our participants include some of Nigeria’s most exciting digital publishers, investigative start-ups, narrative-changing non-profits, and more.

NAMIP at Work

See how Nigerian media organizations are innovating and experimenting around media challenges and sustainability!

What is NAMIP?

Nigeria Media Innovation Program (NAMIP) is a 3-year initiative working to increase capacity, generate sustainable and diverse revenue streams, and build audiences of independent media in Nigeria, particularly those reaching underserved communities. Launched in February 2022, it seeks to support the editorial independence of media organisations by strengthening their financial sustainability. Read More


Digital native products

Developing new approaches for collecting news and information, reporting and distribution that embrace the possibilities of technology.

New revenue opportunities

Pioneering new sources of revenue to help media companies achieve sustainability while remaining financially independent.

Innovating in distribution

Supporting new models for distributing news that save costs, add value, or reach new audiences.

Supporting underserved languages

Attempting to engage and distribute content to communities in vernacular languages that are under-served.

Reaching rural communities

Testing innovative ways to reach and empower people outside of major urban areas, and those generally under-served by existing news media.

Transitioning to digital

Finding and implementing solutions, products or processes that assist legacy media to transform their businesses.


Bilal Randeree

Managing Director, Media Programs

Bilal Randeree

Bilal is Managing Director, Media Programs and Program Director for Africa & MENA at MDIF. He is a CA(SA) with 15 years’ experience in tech and media. He was former CEO of a media startup in Qatar, Social Media Editor at Al Jazeera, and a Manager in Transaction Services at KPMG.

Deji Adekunle

Program Director

Deji is a media development and innovation expert and trainer who has worked extensively in the West African media ecosystem. Deji at various times served as Director of Programmes, Director of Innovation, Verification and Media Literacy at The CJID, a leading West African media development think-tank.

Dara Ajala

Program Manager

Dara is a programmes and communications professional who has extensive experience in using the media as a tool for advocacy, specifically in public health. She holds a degree in microbiology and was Programme Manager at Nigeria Health Watch. 

Muhammed Akinyemi

Media Advisor

Bilal Randeree

Muhammed Akinyemi is responsible for providing technical support to participants in the Nigeria Media Innovation Program. He has worked in media for more than five years. Before joining MDIF in 2024, he worked at Zikoko Citizen as Editor-in-Chief and HumAngle as Interactive Editor. His educational background is in law.

Muhammad Dalhatu

Program Assistant

Muhammad Dalhatu earned his M.A. in International Relations at The CUNY Graduate Center. As a Projects and Public Relations professional with over 5 years in the NGO sector, he is passionate about independent media, civic engagement, and advocacy. He hopes to give a voice to the voiceless through media innovation and sustainability.

Vivian Ojomu

Program Assistant

Vivian Ojomu is a strategic communication specialist with a track record within the non-profit sector. She is skilled in developing impactful social media engagement strategies that effectively showcase organizational achievements. She previously worked on security and justice sector reform, and women’s empowerment programs.

Advisory Committee

Catherine Gicheru

Mandla Langa, SAMIP advisory committee

Catherine Gicheru is founder and director of the Africa Women Journalism Project (AWJP), an International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) Knight Fellow and an MDIF Board Member.

Sulieman Yar’Adua

Dinesh Balliah, SAMIP advisory committee

Suleiman M. Yar’Adua, PhD is an Associate Professor of Mass Communication, with two decades of teaching and research experience; he is the immediate past Head of Department, Mass Communication as well as Deputy Dean of Communication.

Motunrayo Alaka

Mohamed Nanabhay, SAMIP advisory committee

Motunrayo Alaka is the Executive Director of the Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism (WSCIJ) and has worked in journalism, media solutions design, communications, investigative reporting, civil society advancement and social entrepreneurship since 2005.

Subomi Plumptre

Mandla Langa, SAMIP advisory committee

Adesubomi Plumptre has a 20-year+ career in strategy, investing and social entrepreneurship. She is the co-founder of Volition Cap (Nigeria), a private equity firm, and Volition Blue (USA), a consulting firm. She is also a knowledge brand at Subomi Plumptre Inc., while her charity, Subomi Plumptre Trust, implements initiatives in education, health and media.

Ruona Meyer

Dinesh Balliah, SAMIP advisory committee

Ruona Meyer is an Emmy-nominated, journalist, researcher and media trainer with nearly 20 years of experience across Africa, the UK, the Netherlands and Germany. She specialises in solutions journalism training and DEI consultancy for Africa-focused grants and donor organisations.

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