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Tuesday, October 30 • 10:15am - 11:15am
AFRICAN STORIES: How cough syrup is creating a generation of addicts in Nigeria

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Meet the investigative journalist who used the pain of an addicted brother to expose the illicit trade in codeine cough syrup in Nigeria. Reporting for Africa Eye, the BBC's new investigative journalism arm, Ruona was the central figure of Sweet Sweet Codeine. 
The documentary, which has racked over two million views on YouTube, spanned months of undercover stings by the Africa Eye team, involving dangerous deals with cartels in three famous pharmaceutical companies. Within 24 hours of its broadcast across Africa, the Nigerian government announced a ban on codeine syrups, commenced investigation on the companies, and is still recalling millions of bottles of cough syrup.
Hear Ruona Meyer discuss her work, as well as the challenges and advantages of being a female investigative journalist in Nigeria, the same country where her father was shot to death in 2006 for being a journalist. 

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Ruona Meyer

Freelancer, Nigeria
Ruona Meyer is an award-winning multimedia journalist with 15 years’ experience, across print, radio, wire agency and digital outlets across Nigeria, South Africa, and the UK. She won the Reuters Niall Prize For Young African Journalists in 2010, and the Nigerian Investigative Reporter... Read More →

Tuesday October 30, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am SAST
WSS103 Wits Science Stadium, First Floor