About me

Ambassadeur en ik .jpg Interviewing Akinwunmi Ambode, the governor of Lagos State (Nigeria) 

Maria Groot is a freelance journalist

I write human-interest stories, profiles as well as investigative articles about topics such as slavery in Mauritania, migrant smuggling in the Netherlands and Nigeria’s struggle to make culture a new treasure trove. My cross-border projects were supported by Free Press UnlimitedJournalismfund.eu, Fonds Pascal Decroos and others.

My work has appeared in Slate (US), Courrier International (FR), De Groene Amsterdammer (NL), De Standaard (BE), Roads & Kingdoms (US), MO* (BE), Reader’s Digest (US), Apache (BE) and Internazionale (IT) among others.

I hold a postgraduate degree in International Research Journalism, a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts.

I was born in The Netherlands in 1983 and moved to Belgium in 2004. I am currently based in Palermo (Italy)

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