Kelechukwu Iruoma is an award-winning Lagos-based journalist especially interested in the environmental field.

He has over six years of experience covering global health, environment, business, education, economy, climate change, politics, conflict, oil and gas, including exposing corruption, human right abuses, social injustice and gender inequalities in Nigeria.

He has produced compelling stories for local and international publications such as Al Jazeera, Thomson Reuters Foundation, NPR, News Deeply, African Business Magazine, The Fish Site, TRT World, Devex, Global Sisters Report, Premium Times, The Cable, International Center for Investigative Reporting (ICIR), among many others.

He has been a reporting fellow of the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), National Press Foundation, Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR), International Center for Investigative Reporting (ICIR) and BudgIT.

Currently, he works as the Nigeria Representative for WildAid, an international wildlife conservation non-profit, where he leads campaigns to reduce illegal wildlife trade and promote wildlife conservation in Nigeria.

He’s a product of the University of Nigeria where he read Mass Communication.

In an interview with the International Journalists Association, he describes money as one of the main obstacles in the life of a journalist.

He advises aspiring journalists to explore the freelance options of journalism and not just chase the big money but work hard to improve their skills.

Adapted from ijnet.org and kelechukwuiruoma.com