#Media100: Toolz, Fisayo Soyombo, Luvvie Ajayi Jones, Abdulbaki Jari | See the 100 most influential culture curators

Media Publishers 

Dele Momodu

Dele is a Nigerian journalistpublisher, businessman, and motivational speaker. He is the CEO and publisher of Ovation International. “Bob Dee” as he is fondly called by friends, has received hundreds of awards and honours for his work in the world of business, politics, literature, the music industry and the fashion industry. He writes a weekly column called “PENdulum“, published every Saturday on the back page of ThisDay newspaper. The articles are praised for highlighting issues in Nigeria, as well as discussing popular topics, current events and notable people, often in a polemic/critical style. 

 

Larry Izamoje

Larry pioneered Sports Radio in Nigeria – and Africa  when he founded Sports Radio 88.9 Brila FM in Lagos that has expanded and remained Nigeria’s top radio station for sports. Larry is a member of the International Sports Journalists Union (AIPS), Independent Broadcasters Association of Nigeria (IBAN) and the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON). Brila-FM is an affiliate of the Voice of America (VOA) and the only station in West Africa running health programmes from the Mayo Clinic. 

 

Oyedapo Olorunyomi

Oyedapo is a journalist, publisher and editor-in-chief of Premium Times. He is an award-winning reporter and editor, with varied experience in Nigeria and internationally. He has won the Freedom to Write prize, the Press Freedom Award from PEN (West) and the National Association of Black Journalists respectively. He is co-founder of The News magazine in Lagos; Enterprise editor at Next Newspapers, and founder of the Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism. Olorunyomi has won numerous other awards for his work in journalism. 

 

Simon Kolawole

Simon is a journalist, public speaker and media entrepreneur. He is the founder and chief executive officer of Cable Newspaper Limited, publisher of TheCableNamed among Africa’s Next Generation of Leaders by The Banker, Simon has pioneered the current generation of witty writers- a form of writing that keeps the readers engaged. His provocative write-ups have stirred discomfort even amongst the Nigerian politics’ finest. He has built TheCable to such a level that highlights the indispensability of the media.  

 

Uche Pedro

Uche is an award-winning Nigerian media entrepreneur. She is the founder and CEO of BellaNaija, a brand known for entertainment and lifestyle content. Under her leadership, BellaNaija’s social footprint has grown through its collective brands – BellaNaija.com, BellaNaija Weddings and BellaNaija Style – to be the largest on the African continent with more than 200 million impressions each month. 

 

Seni Saraki

Seni, who is one of the sons of former Senate President, Bukola Saraki, leads the team at The Native, and at 23, has been described as the typical multi-hyphenate millennialThe Native is a digital platform that started as a print magazine and has now morphed into an agency and an annual music festival – NativelandOver the years, Seni has nurtured a reputation of discussing and highlighting issues around Millenials, especially Gen Z, and the people themselves. This means that if you wanted a go-to place for information on African youth culture and lifestyle, you would want to open The Native Magazine (.com). In 2019, the Seni-led The Native collaborated with Nike to launch a local-inspired jersey with inscriptions that drew attention tAdire and some part of the Nigerian culture.  

Ugochukwu Obi-Chukwu

Ugochukwu is the founder and Partner at Nairametrics Financial Advocates, owners of Nairametrics.com. He is a chartered accountant with over 18 years working experience. His work experience covers Accounting, Corporate Finance, Financial Management, Corporate Strategy, Business Development, Change Management, and Personal Finance.  

 

Sunny Obazu-Ojeagbase

Sunny is an author and founder of Complete Communications Limited, a company that houses Complete Sports newspaper – a daily sports newspaper and Success Digest Magazine a business establishment guide which has gone on to become one of the most widely read sports newspaper and magazine in Nigeria. Sunny has worked as a sports reporter for several media houses including Herald Newspaper, Daily Times, Concord Group of Newspapers and The Guardian.  

 

John Momoh

John is a Nigerian broadcast journalist and the Chairman and CEO of Channels TV, an independent and multiple award-winning 24-hour news and media television channel. He is widely recognised as a transformative industry pioneer with the 37-year-long career in news television broadcasting. According to The Sun, the story of John Momoh and Channels TV is chronicled as a chapter in a new book by Mike Awoyinfa and Dimgba Igwe titled: 50 WORLD EDITORS—Conversations with Journalism Masters on Trends and Best Practices. He delivered the maiden edition of Distinguished Lecture Series of the University of Lagos Mass Communication Alumni Association entitled “The Mass Media: Setting the Nigerian Agenda. He is serving as a juror for the AIB Awards presented by the Association for International Broadcasters. 

 

Sonia Irabor

Sonia is the Editor of Genevieve Magazine. She started out as a teen correspondent and columnist with the magazine and after she earned a degree in Media, Communications and Society steadily rose through the rank to become the Editor, after about seven years working as Assistant Editor and UK correspondent with the brand. Sonia has also worked as radio presenter and producer on the show, the Urban Lounge; and in several other capacities such as being a professional PR, freelance and ghostwriter for publications such as Cosmopolitan, Closer and Huffington Post in London by day, and an actress, while working for the magazine. 

 

Tannaz Bahnam

Tannaz is the Founder of Lost in Lagos Magazine. She is an entrepreneur with multidisciplinary facets: from working for National Geographic to exhibiting photos of her extensive travels, making her own brand of Latte, creating her own successful website and writing for magazines, she continues to earn the admiration of businesspeople in Lagos; more so, as she is the brand marketer for ICE watch. Following activities on her website (www.LostInLagos.com), Tannaz hosts outdoor events; connecting companies on the website to potential consumers. 

 

Wale Lawal

Wale is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Republic, a bimonthly magazine of socio-economic and political commentary, criticism and cultural discourse, that explores the world as Nigerian. Wale is also a research and consulting professional with more than five years’ experience across multiple sectors. He is passionate about building knowledge on Africa and promoting African expertise.  

 

Simi Esiri

Simi is the Founder & Editor-in-Chief of Schick magazine; a lifestyle publication launched in 2017. She is also a lawyer and fashion entrepreneur who started her fashion career writing for RubysView.com and has styled top celebrities in the entertainment industry. 

 

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