The Nigeria Media landscape unarguably is a male-dominated field. From the era of Iwe Irohin Fun Awon Ara Egba Ati Yoruba published on November 23, 1859 by Rev. Henry Townsend to recent reports that shows men occupy 84% of the top leadership, ownership and decision making positions while women only occupy 16-18% with a seat at the table. It is no wonder women entering the field of media and journalism have their work cut out for them.
In this Special Exclusive Edition of Nigeria Women in Media Project by LightRay Media, we sit down with Stella Iyaji, the Managing Editor at the Daily Trust Newspaper where she also liaise between reporters and management. Her responsibilities cuts across commissioning stories and ensuring they are delivered while constantly monitoring publications in the Daily Trust Newspaper to ensure that are in tandem with the ethics of the profession and core values of the paper. Her work requires that she also liaise between the company and other media organisations and clients, including sorting out trainings and nomination of staff members for training, amongst others. As secretary of the editorial board, she also helps coordinate editorial meetings and editorials.
But what is backstory to Stella Iyaji’s amazing career? We ask her exactly that.