Experienced Journalist: Newspaper, Magazine and Radio Journalism.
News writing, Feature writing, Reporting.
Specialties: Business, Politics, Environmental and Development Affairs, Public Relations: Campaigns, Publications.
Credentials: B.A. (Hons), History, Diploma, Salesmanship, Certificate; Political and Economic Reporting, Certificate, Conflict Reporting.
Administrative Background: Head, Newspaper Bureau for eight years. Students group administrator for seven years.
Industry Experience: Reporter, Writer, Editor, Public Relations, Marketing and Manager for nine years full-time. Professional involvement and conferences.
Corporate Affairs/Public Relations
Anti-Censorship /Development/Environmental Campaigns.
Administrative/Special Assistant to Chief Executive Officer, CEO.
DATE OF BIRTH
May 19, 1959
PLACE OF BIRTH
Aba, Abia State
STATE OF ORIGIN
Akwa Ibom State
LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA
PERMANENT HOME ADDDRESS
95 Afaha-Eket Road, Eket, Akwa Ibom State
Married, Four children
Bureau Chief, Daily Times of Nigeria, October 2006 till date. Running the Bureau which covers the South-East and the South-South geo-political zones of Nigeria
Assistant Editor, INDEPENDENT Newspapers, May-June, 2006. Was in-charge of Sunday politics
Port Harcourt Bureau Chief, INDEPENDENT Newspapers, September 15-2001 till April, 2006. Running the Bureau, which covers Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River and Rivers State.
South-South Bureau Chief, CHAMPION Newspapers, August 2000 - September, 2001. Ran the editorial operations and supervised the marketing department.
Delta State Correspondent (Based in Warri) PUNCH Newspapers, February, 1999-August, 2000. Was head of the company in the State. Established the Asaba office of the company.
Edo State Correspondent, PUNCH Newspapers, November 1998-January, 1999. Ran the editorial operations, the branch office and supervised marketing.
Political correspondent, PUNCH Newspapers, September 1996- November 1998. Covered Political assignments, wrote political analysis and features, edited staff copy and planned pages.
Lagos Bureau Chief , TODAY Communications Limited, May 1994-July, 1995. Ran the bureau, supervised Marketing Department, general assignment reporters in the South-west region, developed market, stringer network, and edited copy.
Senior Correspondent, SUNRAY Newspapers, Lagos Bureau, 1992-1994. Covered political assignments throughout the South-west. Covered the SPD presidential primaries in Osun State and the SDP National Convention in Jos, Plateau State, in March 1993. Covered the June 12, 1993 presidential election in Lagos. Was at various times Energy, Economic, Environmental and Labour writer and reporter.
Freelance reporting/writing for GEMINI NEWS SERVICE of London, CLASSIQUE magazine and FINANCIAL GUARDIAN, 1990-1992.
Deputy Editor, FAMILY magazine, 1991. Edited staff copy and handled market development.
Staff Correspondent, CHAMPION Newspapers, 1988-1991: September 1988-March, 1990, Calabar-based covering Akwa Ibom State. Established the Uyo Bureau. Was later recalled to Lagos to help "strengthen" the political desk.
Sports Correspondent/Columnist, STATESMAN Newspaper, Owerri, Imo State, 1987-1988. Covered second and third divisions soccer league assignments in Aba, Umuahia, Kafanchan, Makurdi, Kano and preview division one league matches. Ran a Wednesday sports column and wrote regularly on political and economic issues.
Cross River Radio
Cross River COMMUNITY CONCORD, 1984-1987. Was a regular contributor, INSIDEOUT Magazine, Calabar, 1984-1985.
Foreign Affairs Columnist, SUNDAY CHRONICLE, Calabar, 1983-1984.
Senior Reporter THE NIGERIAN GONG, Calabar, 1980-1981. Covered politics and sports. Broke the news of the formation of an Ibibio Socio-Cultural organisation: "Akwa Esop Imaisong Ibibio."
Stringer for the PUNCH in Calabar, 1982.
Events Editor, NIGERIAN BUSINESS REVIEW, Calabar, 1979. Interviewed Professor Okon Edet Uya, on "African Socialism." Wrote on income policy guidelines and sharp practices in the Mercantile Bank.
Reporter-in-Training, 1977-1979, under the able hand of the late veteran Journalist and publicist, Chief Ernest Etim-Bassey at THE NIGERIAN PEOPLE, Calabar.
Classroom Monitor, Primary School.Classroom, Prep and Water Prefect, Secondary School.
Assistant Senior Prefect, Etinan Institute, Etinan, 1976-1977.
Secretary, Solidarity Front of Cross River State Students of University of Cross River State, now University of Uyo, 1984.
Chairman, Student’s Union, Uyo, 1985.
Secretary, Students’ Historical Society of Nigeria, UNICROSS, UYO, 1985.
National Secretary, National Association of Cross River State Students (NACRISS) 1985-1986.
Caretaker Committee Secretary, Cross River State Chapter, Sport Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) 1986. Mr. Paul Bassey was the Chairman.
Electoral Committee Secretary, Students’ Historical Society of Nigeria, UNICROSS, Uyo, 1986.
National Assembly Speaker, NACRISS, 1986-1987.
National President, National Association of Eket Students, 1986-1987.
Sports Editor, Imo State NYSC Editorial Board, 1987-1988.
Leader, Imo Newspaper, NYSC members, 1987-1988.
Secretary, Chapels Liaison Committee, Cross River State Council, Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), 1988-1990.
Secretary, Correspondents’ Chapel, NUJ, Cross River State Council, 1989-1990.
Member, Cross River State Executive Council, NUJ, 1989-1990.
Chairman, Political Committee, Correspondents Chapel, NUJ, Lagos State Council, 1994.
Member, PUNCH Chapel, NUJ, Lagos State Council, 1996-2000.
Chairman, Correspondents’ Chapel, Warri Branch NUJ, Delta State Council, 2000.
Director, Campaigns and Publicity, Akwa Ibom National Oil and Mineral Producing Forum, 2000 -2002.
Co-ordinator, Journalists for Niger Delta (JODEL), a media group concerned with the affairs of Nigeria's oil and gas region, 2002 till date.
MEMBERSHIP OF PROFESSIONAL BODIES
Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ.
Member, Police Inspector’s Mess, Calabar, 1988- 1990 Returning Officer to the election of new executives of the Mess.
Member, Cross River State NUJ Press Club, Calabar, from 1989. Was the Sergeant at Arms, 1990-1991.
Member, Farmers’ World Network, England, 1990-1992
Involved in human rights, anti-censorship, development and environmental campaigns since 1989.
English, Igbo, Ibibio and Eket.
1. Mr. Abel Oshevire Senior Special Assistant (Medical Relations) Government House, Asaba Delta State. Tel: 056-280453
2. Mr. Emma Agu, Managing Director /Editor-In-Chief Champion Newspapers Limited, [login to view URL] 2276 Oshodi, Lagos.
3. Dr. Tunji Braithwaite. Tel: 01-2614628
4. Mr. Gbemiga Ogunleye, Deputy Editor-In-Chief Punch Nigeria Limited P.M.B.212204 Ikeja, Lagos.