Kolawole Talabi is an independent journalist who covers stories on the environment, science, culture and development from his native country, Nigeria.

Kolawole Talabi is a freelance science writer and a regular contributor to Mongabay.com, one of the world's most informative news site on the environment. He's received numerous awards for investigative reporting on issues ranging from the treatment of infectious diseases to endangered natural resources in Africa. In 2016, he was honoured with the Next Generation of Science Journalists award by the World Health Summit in Germany.

Kolawole Talabi holds a bachelor’s degree in human geography from Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile-Ife, Nigeria. He began his career during a short stint as a media assistant at Nigeria’s agriculture ministry before delving into development journalism. His first name, Kolawole, means one who brings wealth into a family. As a Yoruba native, he believes culture is inextricably bound to the development of any people—hence, he strives to support initiatives that promote the preservation of the various dialects of the Yoruba language. Although, Kolawole is an excellent cartographer, he still aspires to acquire new skills. He has written articles in Nigeria’s leading dailies on issues of national importance. In 2014, he was shortlisted for the Investigative Science Journalism Fellowship of SciDev.Net.

Basic information

Kolawole Talabi
environment, science, culture, development, Nigeria

Supported projects

Europe in Africa: The Price of Partnerships

  • Economy
  • Politics

The Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) was hailed as the pact that will eventually liberalise trade between the European Union and the Economic Community of West African States. 

Fish & Ships: Europe’s fishing deals in West Africa

  • Agriculture
  • Environment
  • Europe

In the imbalance of power in Europe’s fishing deals with West African countries, locals get the short end of the stick.