Dapo Olorunyomi

Oyedapo Oyekunle “Dapo” Olorunyomi (born November 8 1957), is a Nigerian journalist. He is publisher/editor-in-chief of Premium Times,[1][2] an online Nigerian newspaper. He is also the Executive Director of Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ). He was policy director and chief of staff to the Executive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Dapo Olorunyomi
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Publisher of Premium Times newspaper
In office
June 2011 – To date
Personal details
Born
Oladapo Oyekunle Olorunyomi

(1957-11-08) November 8, 1957 (age 63)
Kano, Kano State, Nigeria
NationalityNigerian
ProfessionJournalist

Early lifeEdit

Olorunyomi was born in Kano, to Samuel Akinbayo Olorunyomi (who retired from the army and then from the civil service as an administrator) and Mary Olorunyomi. He attended St. Bartholomew’s Primary School, Wusasa, Zaria, and Esie-Iludun Anglican Grammar School, Esie-Iludun and the Government Secondary School, Ilorin.

He earned a Bachelor of Art in English Studies in 1981, and an M.A. in Literature in 1985, from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. He holds a Certificate in Natural Resource Management from the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford, UK, 2017 and a 2006 Certificate in Human Rights and Humanitarian Law from American University, Washington College of Law. He is the third of six siblings, including Sola Olorunyomi, who is the author of Afrobeat: Fela and the Imagined Continent, an acclaimed publication on Afrobeat pioneer, Fela Kuti.

CareerEdit

He worked as an editor at Radio Nigeria and African Guardian magazines. He was the Enterprise Editor/Head of the Investigative Reporting Team for Timbuktu Media Limited (publishers of 234Next), and founding editor of The News, PM News and Tempo Magazine.[3]

During his forced exile in the U.S. in 1995, he started work as Director of Africa Programs at the Panos Institute, Washington D.C., USA in 1996. He later worked with the Dakar, Senegal office of the Open Society Initiative (OSI) in Budapest, Hungary.

In 2004, when Olorunyomi returned to Nigeria, after his exile, he worked as the Project Director of Freedom House. He later became the policy director and the chief of staff to the Executive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, where he led the Commission’s crimes prevention and education policy development initiatives on corruption. He sits on the boards of many organisations including the Norbert Zongo Cell for Investigative Journalism (an initiative of the UNODC), and the transnational investigative body for West Africa headquartered in Burkina Faso, CENOZO. Between 1999 and 2001, Olorunyomi served on the International Jury for the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists [ICIJ] Award. In 2004, he was the West Africa Analyst for the Global Survey of Media Independence. He is the chief judge for the Zimeo Award of the African Media Initiative (AMI).[4][5]

ActivismEdit

In June 1995 under General Sani Abacha’s military government, four journalists - Kunle Ajibade of The News, Chris Anyanwu of The Sunday Magazine, George M'Bah of Tell Magazine and Ben Charles-Obi of Classique Magazine - were jailed for reporting an alleged plot to topple the Abacha government. These journalists were secretly tried, charged as "accessories after the fact of treason" by a Special Military Tribunal, convicted and jailed for life.[6] Olorunyomi declared wanted by the Abacha administration on account of his work with The News magazine, was forced into exile in the United States.[7][8] Ladi Olorunyomi, a journalist, women's right activist and wife to Dapo was detained for 68 days without charges. While in exile in the U.S., Olorunyomi spoke on Abacha's media crackdown at the April Committee to Protect Journalists roundtable and Ladi Olorunyomi was released.[9] The four jailed journalists were released by General Abdulsalami Abubakar and Dapo Olorunyomi later returned to Nigeria.

Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism (WSCIJ)Edit

Wole Soyinka Investigative Reporting AwardEdit

He founded the Wole Soyinka Investigative Reporting Award (WSIRA) in 2005. In 2008 this was renamed the Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism (WSCIJ), a nonprofit organisation engaged in social justice and investigative journalism with the goal of exposing corruption, regulatory failures and human rights abuses. The nonprofit hands annually recognizes journalists engaged in investigative journalism.[10]

Premium TimesEdit

In 2011, he founded Premium Times, a Nigeria-based multimedia news platform devoted to politics, health, investigative reporting and development journalism.

ControversyEdit

Femi Olorunyomi was arrested for publishing a libelous and defamatory publications against the Chief of Army staff, Tukur Yusuf Buratai as reported by Vanguard newspaper[11]


RecognitionEdit

Femi Oriyomi was arrested for publishing a libelous and defamatory publications against the Chief of Army staff, Tukur Yusuf Buratai as reported by Vanguard newspaper.[12]

  • International Editor of the Year Award by the World Press Review (1995)
  • PEN Center (West) Freedom to Write Award (1996)
  • Press Freedom Award of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) New York, U.S.A (1996)
  • Hellman Hemmett grant of the Human Rights Watch (1996)
  • Diamond Award for Media Excellence's Lifetime Achievement Award by Diamond Publications (2017)[13][14][15]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Television, Channels. "Arrested Premium Times Publisher Released". www.channelstv.com. Channels Incorporated Limited. Retrieved 27 December 2020.
  2. ^ UNESCO. "World Press Freedom Day 2018". www.en.unesco.org. UNESCO. Retrieved 27 December 2020.
  3. ^ News, PM (11 November 2017). "Dapo Olorunyomi: Toasts to courage, vision, selflessness". PM News. Retrieved 20 April 2019.
  4. ^ CENOZO, Investigative Reporting In West Africa. "Home, Our Team, Dapo Olorunyomi". www.cenozo.org. CENOZO. Retrieved 27 December 2020.
  5. ^ (IPI), The International Press Institute. "Why Good Journalism Matters". The International Press Institute. Retrieved 20 April 2019.
  6. ^ Ajibade, Kunle; Anyanwu, Chris; Charles-Obi, Ben; M'bah, George; Osifo-Whiskey, Onome; Ojudu, Babafemi. "Outliving Abacha: Six Nigerian journalists' prison stories". United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Committee to Protect Journalists. Retrieved 20 April 2019.
  7. ^ Onumah, Chido (6 November 2017). "For 'A Man Of The People,' Dapo Olorunyomi, At 60 By Chido Onumah". Sahara Reporters. Retrieved 20 April 2019.
  8. ^ Babarinsa, Dare (15 November 2017). "One hero and a media in winter". Guardian Newspapers. Retrieved 20 April 2019.
  9. ^ Committee to Protect, Journalists. "Two Nigerian Journalists Released as Abacha Bends to International Pressure". cpj. Committee to Protect Journalists. Retrieved 20 April 2019.
  10. ^ Wole Soyinka, Centre for Investigative Journalism (2014-04-09). "About Us". wscij. Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism. Retrieved 20 April 2019.
  11. ^ "Breaking: Police storm PREMIUM TIMES office, arrest publisher Dapo Olorunyomi". Vanguard News. 2017-01-19. Retrieved 2021-06-10.
  12. ^ "Breaking: Police storm PREMIUM TIMES office, arrest publisher Dapo Olorunyomi". Vanguard News. 2017-01-19. Retrieved 2021-06-10.
  13. ^ Ezeamalu, Ben (6 December 2017). "PREMIUM TIMES' Publisher receives DAME Lifetime Achievement Award". The Premium Times, Nigeria. Retrieved 20 April 2019.
  14. ^ Premium Times, Centre for Investigative Journalism. "Member Dapo Olorunyomi". ptcij. Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism. Retrieved 20 April 2019.
  15. ^ IDOWU, LANRE. "Dapo Olorunyomi is 2017 Lifetime Awardee". Dame Awards. Dame Awards. Retrieved 20 April 2019.