Hello, I am Samuel Okocha, an independent journalist, street and documentary photographer, and audio and video content maker. My work focuses on the communication of useful information and ideas. Thank you for visiting.
What I do
I recently moved to Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, after living and working in Lagos for many years. I have more than a decade of experience as a multimedia journalist, with work for several international outlets, such as Voice of America, Radio France International and Euronews.
I am also a commodities editor for a pan-African research and consultancy agency, where I cover the latest trends and developments in Africa’s natural-resources sector.
In addition, I edit 234Digest, a publication that provides news and analysis on Nigeria’s economy and business environment for an international audience.
My passion is to tell stories that make a difference, capture moments that spark inspiration, and create content that connects with audiences. I have extensive and diverse experience in mobile storytelling, which means using my iPhone to craft, produce and distribute visual stories. I also have deep and broad experience in writing about Nigeria and various African countries for niche publications.
What people say about me
Samuel Okocha has been a valued Nigeria correspondent for news agency International News Services for six years. In that time, he has undertaken complex and detailed reports on subjects such as higher education, personal-care products, textiles, energy, accounting and commercial crime. He has also covered Benin and Togo. Reporting on Nigeria is not easy and Samuel does it with honesty, accuracy and commitment to uncovering the truth. — Keith Nuthall, editor and director, International News Services Ltd.
We hired Samuel as a freelance reporter for the second episode of our podcast series “The Star Ingredient”, to conduct and record interviews and scenes in Lagos, Nigeria. From beginning to end, we were extremely impressed and heartened by his enthusiasm, professionalism and responsiveness to all of our needs. Additionally, he did a fantastic job of co-ordinating various recording sessions and was a reliable communicator throughout the whole process. From the rushes it was clear that he managed to put all of our interview subjects at ease considering some of them were not used to being interviewed at length. He was able to draw out in-depth well-recorded testimonies which was crucial to getting the material we needed for the podcast. I would recommend Samuel highly for any project and would not hesitate to work with him again. — Aisling Ní Chúláin, multimedia journalist, Euronews.
My certifications and training Bloomberg certified journalist
I completed the Bloomberg Media Initiative Africa (BMIA) Financial Journalism Training programme in 2017, where I learned how to use data and financial-analysis tools to produce well-researched, up-to-the-minute and unbiased compelling reports for print, radio, television and online. Foundry Photojournalism Workshop
I attended the Foundry Photo Workshop in Kigali, Rwanda in 2019, where I received a certificate of completion. At the workshop, world-leading photojournalists challenged and taught me how to create visual stories that capture the essence and emotion of a place and its people. Certificate in Online Journalism
I completed an online course on online journalism offered by the Radio Netherlands Training Centre in 2014, where I learned how to write, edit, and publish engaging and interactive content for the web and social media platforms. The Making of a Great Radio Producer
I completed an online course on radio production offered by the Association of Caribbean Media Workers, in collaboration with the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas, in 2013, where I learned how to plan, produce, and present high-quality radio programmes that inform, educate, and entertain the listeners. Covering Development in Africa
I completed an online training course on covering development issues in Africa organized by the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) in 2013, where I learned how to report on topics such as health, education, environment, governance, and agriculture with accuracy, depth, and context. J-Ethinomics
I completed an online course on J-Ethinomics offered by the Center for International Media Ethics (CIME) in May 2012, where I learned how to combine ethics and economics to build high standards in the practice of journalism. The course taught me how to use ethical practices to serve both social and economic priorities, including the profitability of the media industry in which I operate.
How to work with me
I am a versatile content creator who can handle various types of projects, from writing engaging articles, to producing eye-catching photos, audios, and videos, as well as offering quality editorial assistance. You can see some of my work on the website, and contact me
if you have any questions or inquiries. I enjoy working with partners who value growth and excellence as much as I do. However, due to the high demand for my services, I have a limited number of projects that I can take on at any given time. This does not mean that I will delay starting to work on your project, but it may mean that I will not be able to accept it right away. I appreciate your patience and understanding.