Shola Lawal covers Africa for The Christian Science Monitor, based in Lagos, Nigeria.
A freelance journalist and filmmaker, Shola has written extensively on conflict and culture, climate change, and the environment as well as gender issues.
Her work has appeared in The New York Times, the Mail & Guardian, and the Boston Globe.
Shola was awarded the prestigious Elizabeth Neuffer Fellow in 2019, which took her to MIT and Harvard as a visiting researcher and to The New York Times as a trainee. In 2020, she took the European Union Lorenzo Natali Media Prize for Best Emerging Journalist for her reporting from Mexico, which delved into the conditions of African migrants risking dangerous conditions to get from Latin America to the United States.
Shola's reporting for The New York Times and the UK's Telegraph was forefront during the "End SARS" protests that rocked Nigeria in October 2020. As a filmmaker, she has produced a short documentary, "Ile Ifa," which chronicles the discrimination faced by religious minorities in Nigeria. The film premiered at MIT's Center for International Studies in January 2020.
Shola has received a bachelor’s and master's degree in Mass Communication from the University of Lagos.