Application for a Workshop

Nigeria - Africa's future giant

A 7-day all-expenses-paid workshop for Nigerian journalists on development, democracy and environment from 8 to 14 December 2019, Berlin, Germany

A military member of the delegation of nigeria arrives at U.N. headquarters in New York City, September 24, 2019 Bild: Yana Paskova / Reuters

The program

The German daily taz (die tageszeitung) is organising a one-week workshop with journalists from Nigeria in Berlin in Dezember 2019. Ten journalists from Nigeria will meet stakeholders from civil society, academics, politicians and experts on migration and development.

The following topics will play a role in the workshop

  - Corruption

  - Demography

  - Extractivism and climate

  - Freedom of the press, Internet security

  - Terrorism, Jihad


After a long phase of military dictatorship, Nigeria found its way to democracy in the late 1990s. According to the Freedom House Index, the country is now considered politically "partly free".

But nonetheless, enormous social and political problems prevail: Oil production in the Niger Delta has caused serious environmental damage and decades of conflict. More than 91 million people live in absolute poverty. The country ranks 144th out of 180 countries in the Transparency International corruption Index. Nigeria today has by far the largest population in Africa with just under 197 million inhabitants. With a growth rate of 2.5 percent, the country will become the third-largest country in the world in terms of population. The religiously charged conflict between the Christian south and the predominantly Islamic north is causing particular hardships, also for civil society. Since 2009, the jihadist militia Boko Haram has killed tens of thousands of people and displaced around 2.5 million.

By African standards, Nigeria has a highly independent press with more than 100 newspapers. The press reports extensively on terrorism, corruption and disinformation. Journalists are often threatened – partly by government officials, the police or regional governors, partly also by jihadists. Freedom on the Internet is restricted by a 2015 cyber-crime law.We will organize meetings and discussions and provide the opportunity for professional exchange. Our aim is to provide inspiration for further journalistic work to accompany the further democratization process. At the same time, the participants will jointly produce a taz supplement at the end of the workshop.

Taz Panter Foundation is committed to promoting critical journalism. For many years it has been organizing workshops for international journalists. The Nigeria workshop is co-funded by the Federal Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany.

The participants

We would like to give journalists from Nigeria the opportunity to exchange ideas with German-based actors from the fields of NGOs, science, other media professionals as well as activists and government agencies.

Therefore, tax Panter foundation is offering a 7-day all-expenses-paid workshop for Nigerian journalists on development, democracy and environment from 8 to 14 December 2019, Berlin, Germany.


The program is free of charge for the participants. Accommodation and travel costs are covered by the taz Panter foundation. Taz takes care of accommodation, catering and travel arrangements and helps with visa applications for Germany. The costs for any additional stay in Germany before or after the workshop must be borne by the participants themselves.


The taz is the sixth largest national daily newspaper in Germany, based in Berlin, with a special focus on international reporting and African affairs. It is one of the few daily newspapers worldwide which is self-administered in a cooperative structure, independent of any commercial publishing house. The Panter Foundation is the taz's non-profit foundation whose activities include support for press freedom and independent journalism worldwide.


We particularly encourage women to apply. Please complete the attached questionnaire and send it

  - with a CV

  - and 3 samples of your journalistic work (PDF, JPG or URL/Weblink)

  - a copy/photo of your valid passport

  - by 13 October 2019

  - as an e-mail attachment to the address

What happens then?

In the 2nd half of October 2019 you will be informed if you can participate in the workshop. You will receive a confirmation of your participation with which you can apply for a visa at the German embassy.

We look forward to receiving your application!

With best regards the Panter Foundation

of the taz, die tageszeitung daily newspaper

Friedrichstr. 21 10969 Berlin