Shortlisted Entries 2019

Category: Excellence in Environmental Journalism

Authors: Isaac Anyaogu (Nigeria), Petra Sorge (Germany)

“Dying in instalments” (a series)

Part 1

December 14, 2018

Dying in instalments: How lead battery recyclers are poisoning Nigerians (Part I)

A three-month investigation uncovers how companies recycling lead acid batteries are poisoning air, soil and water sources in Ogun and Lagos states leaving workers and residents with scary levels of lead in their blood and leading experts to conclude  these Nigerians are dying in instalments, writes Isaac Anyaogu and Petra Sorge.

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Part 2

December 17, 2018

Dying in instalment: Foreign buyers pile pressure on polluting company (2)

Two weeks after blood tests confirmed a link between lead acid battery recycling by Everest Metals Nigeria Ltd is poisoning Ipetoro community in Ogun state, the investigation shifts to foreign car makers who buy lead ingots from the company. 

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Part 3

December 18, 2018

Dying in instalment: How failure of regulation contributed to lead pollution (3)

The third part of this investigation uncovers how regulatory failure allowed lead acid battery recyclers without even the requisite government approvals to operate with reckless abandon and endanger the lives of many Nigerians, writes Isaac Anyaogu and Petra Sorge .

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