IPI Director set to visit Nigeria


The Director of International Press institute (IPI) Barbra Trionfi is scheduled to be in Nigeria on Wednesday 21 February ahead of the World congress which will take place in June.

Ahead of the world congress of the International Press Institute (IPI) scheduled for Nigeria in June, the Director of the world body, Barbara Trionfi, will visit the country from Wednesday. 

In a statement issued on Sunday, Mr Eric Osagie, spokesman for the forthcoming Nigerian congress, said the visiting director will start her schedule in Abuja where she will attend a meeting with IPI members/media stakeholders, following which a joint press conference will be addressed by Trionfi and Nduka Obaigbena, Chairman of the Congress Organising Committee.

The IPI Director will also pay a courtesy visit to the Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed and the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA).

Ms Trionfi will also visit the Senate President, Bukola Saraki and inspect the June congress venue, designated hotels and congress event centres.

With a background in International Relations and Human Rights, Ms Trionfi joined the IPI in 2000 as a press freedom adviser for the Asia-Pacific region.

She carried out researches in the field of human rights and freedom of expression.

Ms Trionfi also oversaw IPI’s global press freedom activities.

As Executive Director, she manages IPI’s operations and has spoken about the importance of her visit and the hosting rights given to Nigeria:

“IPI is excited to hold its World Congress in Abuja this year and thankful to Nigeria’s leading news organisations for hosting it. 

For many years, IPI’s Nigeria National Committee has shown a great commitment to press freedom and quality journalism.” She said.

According to her, “the Abuja World Congress represents a unique opportunity for IPI’s global network of editors, leading journalists and media executives to build closer ties with their colleagues in Nigeria and West Africa, share experiences and advance a common strategy for safe, independent, public-interest journalism.”

 The International Press Institute (IPI) is a global network of editors, journalists and media executives across the world. The organisation promotes conditions that allow the media to operate free from interference and without fear of retaliation.

This year’s IPI World Congress,  holding in Abuja from June 21-23, 2018, will attract hundreds of leading editors and journalists from across the world, who will discuss numerous challenges journalists are facing.


Aisha JM