I am am a media specialist with over 26 years experience spanning newspaper reporting, editing, corporate communication and media research. I a PhD candidate at the University of Witswatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa and Lead Strategist at The Chatter House, a New Media consultancy.
I completed an MA Social Media programme at the University of Westminster, London in 2014 and have a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Ibadan (1988).
I attended a Writing Business News course sponsored by the Reuters Foundation in London, in September 1998 and the Foundation’s University Fellowship in Oxford University, United Kingdom, between January and July 2000. My project was ‘Corruption and Economic Development in Nigeria’. I was at the International Forum for Democratic Studies, National Endowment for Democracy, Washington D.C as a Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows fellow, where I produced a handbook on ‘The Problem With The Nigerian media’
My broad interest, as my work at both the Reuters Institute and the NED prove, is in the area of democracy and the media. I have always worked with the broad assumptions that a free media is a manifestation of the principle of freedom of speech and in itself, it is a good thing, both as defence against despotism and for the achievement of ‘truth’ through unrestricted discussion; that a free media is required for protection of the autonomy of the civil society and that a free media is necessary, to provide the space the critical debates without which democracy would suffer.