Before returning to Advertising in early 2007 I was a Product Manager in the Consumer and Retail Banking Department of Afribank Nigeria Plc. I joined Afribank in 1999 after garnering rich experience in journalism, advertising, public relations and marketing. During my stint with the Bank I had the opportunity of Heading Units such as Media/Investors Relations, Internal Communications/Publications and Advertising and Corporate Promotions in the Corporate Planning and Development Department of the Bank. I also edited Afribank News, the Bank’s quarterly house journal between January 2002 and June 2003.
I started my professional career with Vanguard Newspapers as a Reporter in the Literary Desk of the national newspaper in 1990 and joined the services of Rosabel Advertising Limited in October 1991 as a Trainee Executive in the Media Department.
I returned to the print media in 1995 by taking employment with the Guardian Newspapers as Advert/Supplement Executive. I , in this capacity combined successfully the onerous schedule of writing news and features regularly on various business sectors and marketing newspapers in The Guardian stable for profitability and acceptance. The Vanguard Newspaper again beckoned on me in 1997 to join the pioneering team of professionals that established the newspaper's editorial supplement Desk as a Senior Supplement’s Reporter. After a very brief stint with Vanguard Newspapers I took up employment with Tanus Communications Limited, a full-fledged marketing communications company, as a Senior Media Relations Officer.
While in the Media Relations Department of Tanus Communications, I consulted for several companies in the areas of media and public relations, events management/marketing, issues management, publishing, evaluation of media/public perception of issues, advertising campaign planning and monitoring etc. Prominent among the companies I consulted for were Union Bank Plc, Chartered Bank Plc, NAL Merchant Bank, Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG), Mobil, NICON Insurance, and Bureau for Public Enterprises (BPE), Petroleum Special Trust Fund (PTF) etc. I was promoted as the Head of this dynamic department, before I left the firm to join Afribank Nigeria Plc in 1999.
I am a 1994 graduate of Mass Communications from the Ogun State Polytechnic, Abeokuta and also have a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) degree from the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA) which I completed in 2001. I am a qualified Associate Member of industry relevant professional associations such as the Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria (APCON), the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), Federation of African Public Relations Associations (FAPRA) and the Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM). He is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers (SMA) and the Institute of Capital Market Registrars (ICMR).
I am also a Fellow of the DLTW leadership training programme of the African Leadership Forum (ALF) and the InterAction Leadership Programme of the British Council.
I take great delight in reading, writing, watching films, traveling and poetry. I have to my credit several essays and poems on sundry socio-economic topics that have been published in national dailies and various online publications. I have authored an unpublished poetry collection titled “City Myths and Realities”. I have attended several professional training programmes in management, marketing communications, financial services marketing, leadership, stockbroking and asset management etc both in Nigeria and abroad. I am the current President of Vision Club, an investment and leadership development association of young and upwardly mobile professionals in the public and private sector. I am married with kids.
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