Prime Progress has been selected to participate in the Nigeria Media Innovation Program or NAMIP initiative.
The solutions-focused online media documenting how people and groups respond to and solve humanitarian, economic and social problems in Nigeria is among 11 media organisations selected from over 200 applications NAMIP received across Nigeria.
The other 10 media organisations include Culture Custodian, Dubawa, Edugist, Farming Farmers Farms, Foundation for Investigative Journalism, HumAngle, Lavun Community Radio, Solacebase, TV 360, and Voix Collective.
Launched in Feb. 2022, NAMIP is a three-year initiative working to support the editorial independence of media organisations in Nigeria by strengthening their financial sustainability.
The initiative is funded by MacArthur Foundation and implemented by Media Development Investment Fund or MDIF, a not-for-profit investment fund for independent media. NAMIP aims to strengthen Nigeria’s independent media sector, accelerate digital innovation and foster new business models for independent media in Nigeria, especially those reaching underserved communities. NAMIP hopes to achieve this through grant funding, training, mentorship, consultancies, and community-building activities.
Bilal Randeree, MDIF’s Program Director for Africa and MENA, said the media organisations selected will benefit from a combination of grant funding, technical assistance, and strategic capacity-building interventions.
“We look forward to assisting these organisations with finding the space and opportunity to innovate so that they can grow their audiences and increase their revenue to become financially sustainable,” says Randeree.
Prime Progress and the other 10 selected media organisations are the first to participate in the media innovation program in Nigeria. According to MDIF, they were chosen after careful consideration by an advisory committee comprising leading professionals in journalism, business, academia and innovative enterprise.