The management of Leaders and Company, publishers of THISDAY Newspapers, has announced new appointments in the organisation.
The new appointments, which take immediate effect, Mr. Simon Kolawole, who was the Editor of THISDAY, has now become the Editorial Director.
He is succeeded by Ms. Ijeoma Nwogwugwu, who was previously Editor of THISDAY, The Sunday paper. Mr. Tunde Rahman, former editor of THISDAY, The Saturday paper, will take over from Nwogwugwu as Editor of The Sunday paper.
Rahman’s deputy on the Saturday paper, Mr. Laurence Ani, has now been promoted as the substantive editor of the Saturday newspaper.
Other appointments in the reorganisation are the movement of Mr. Adeyemi Ajayi, former Deputy Editor of The Sunday paper, who is now the Deputy Editor of THISDAY, alongside Mr. Eddy Odivwri who retains his position as Deputy Editor of THISDAY. The former Features Editor, Mr. Roland Ogbonnaya, is now Deputy Editor of the Saturday paper.
Mr. Nduka Nwosu, until the new appointment, Editor, The Nation’s Capital, becomes the New York Bureau Chief. He takes over from Mr. Tokunboh Adedoja, who is now Editor, The Nation’s captial while Mr. Ike Abonyi is now the Director of News.
Mr. Davidson Iriekpen has been appointed as News Editor, the daily paper while Mr. Mohammed Bello will take over from Mr. Ahamefula Ogbu as the State House Bureau Chief. Ogbu is now the News Editor, Saturday.
Kolawole is a graduate of Mass Communication from the University of Lagos and holds a Master’s degree in Governance and Development from the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, UK.
In 2009, he was named among Africa’s next generation of leaders by The Banker, a publication of the Financial Times of London.
Kolawole, a 2005 British Chevening scholar, is a 2010 Mo Ibrahim Governance for Development Fellow at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, where he did some work on the role of New Media in governance and development.
Earlier this year, he was selected as the Young Global Leader (YGL) 2012, a prestigious honour bestowed by the World Economic Forum (WEF) each year to recognise the most distinguished young leaders from around the world.
Ms. Nwogwugwu, a graduate of Accounting from the University of Lagos, brings to the job two decades of valuable experience cutting across the public and private sector. In addition, to attending several management and profession courses in Nigeria and overseas, she has a post-graduate diploma in International Housing Finance from the Wharton Business School, Pennsylvania, USA.
Nwogwugwu was as various times Group Business Editor, Deputy Editor (Business) and Editor of the Saturday paper with THISDAY. Outside journalism, she has worked as Deputy Director, Bureau of Public Enterprises under a World Bank contract where she was responsible for the restructuring and privatisation of public enterprises in the media and print sector, hotel and hospitality, and housing.
Nwogwugwu has sat on the boards of the Nigerian Security Printing and Minting Plc, Daily Times of Nigeria Plc and Governing Board of the National Hospital, Abuja.
Rahman holds a B.Sc in Political Science, a Masters in Communication Studies and a Post Graduate diploma in Journalism. He was at various times Political Editor at the old Daily Times, Group News Editor at The Punch and Nigerian Correspondent of Tehran Times International.
He joined THISDAY in 2004 as Deputy Editor THISDAY, the Sunday paper during which he pioneered CICERO, the political section of the paper. He was moved to the daily paper as Deputy Editor in 2007 and named Editor, THISDAY on Saturday in January 2010. Rahman is widely travelled and has attended many media conferences at home and abroad.
Ani graduated from the University of Calabar with a degree in Philosophy. He began his journalism career as an intern with The Observer and has worked with National Concord, The Week, Investment Journal and Island News, a trend-setting free community paper which he edited. He joined THISDAY in 2006 as an Associate Editor. He has covered several epochal events such as the race riots in South Africa and Nigeria’s military pullout from Bakassi and formal hand-over to Cameroun.