Bloomberg Trains Financial Journalists


Faith Adepoju Nsaa

The much-anticipated Nigeria’s edition of Bloomberg Media Initiative Africa Executive Training, BMIA ET, begins today at the Lagos Business School, LBS, Lagos.

Faith Adepoju-Nsa, programme advisor, BMIA ET, said the programme was designed to support great business and finance journalism in Africa and bring more transparency to African markets by helping improve the way governments and business gather and use financial data.

Participants were selected from TELL Magazine, The Nation Newspapers, Mass Communication department, University of Lagos; News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, Voice of Nigeria, VON; National Mirror, The Nigerian Tribune among others.

Adepoju-Nsa explained that the initiative, which is the pioneer edition, was founded on a simple idea: Better financial data and information lead to more transparency that helps investors make better decisions, which in turn leads to economic growth and opportunity. “Reliable data and information move markets, and today, Bloomberg has more than 2,400 journalists in 150 bureaus around the world.

“BMIA ET Program offers a unique, world-class educational program for practicing journalists and journalism students, as well as for professionals in government and business.

“The programme is expected to give participants opportunities to learn from some of the leaders in academia, business, and government who are shaping the continent’s future,” she said.

Bloomberg partners Ford Foundation and six universities across Africa to train financial journalists. They are the University of Nairobi and Strathmore Business School, Kenya; the University of Lagos, Nigeria; Rhodes University and the University of Pretoria, South Africa and LBS.

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