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Let’s Meet Japheth Omojuwa ‘Meets Media’ Personality Of The Month

LET’S MEET JAPHETH OMOJUWA

Japheth J. Omojuwa is the Chief Executive Officer, The Alpha Reach. He is a Nigerian Thought Leader and former lecturer (on Africa: Democratic prospects and challenges) at the Free University of Berlin, Germany. Japheth J Omojuwa was named on a list of Africa’s top “50 Movers and Shakers” by Switzerland’s Credit Suisse in 2015. Japheth Joshua ‘JJ’ Omojuwa is a media entrepreneur, blogger, farmer and columnist for two of Nigeria’s most respected newspapers, The Punch and Leadership Newspapers. He is the Associate of Africanliberty.org. Omojuwa’s articles have been published on several online and print media including: CNN, Metropole Magazine, Sahara Reporters, BBC, and ThisDay and also translated into several languages including French, and German.
For the past six years, he has played active roles in the emergence of Nigeria’s social media landscape working daily as Curator, Omojuwa.com. He has been Editor of Africa’s foremost Human Rights and Liberty website, AfricanLiberty.org for the last four years. AfricanLiberty is supported by Washington based Think Tank Atlas Network.
As a speaker, JJ has participated in various economic, civil society and media development panels as well as at universities across several continents in several countries some of which include: London School of Economics, London, New York University, New York, Hertie School of Governance, Berlin, Universidad Francisco Marroquín, Guatemala, Catholic University of East Africa, Nairobi, Technical University, Dortmund, Kibarak University, Kenya , Catholic University of East Africa, Nairobi Kenya and several in Nigeria. He was invited by the London School of Economics to its 2016 Africa Summit as Chair of the Technology panel and as a panelist on the Social Media panel. He was a delegate at the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development Rio+ 20 in Brazil. He was a Speaker at Youth Marketer Converge Conference which featured Jimi Wales, CEO Wikipedia.

He was a delegate at the Open Forum Conference at Cape Town’s International Convention Centre on the invitation of the Open Society in South Africa and has led panels organized by the World Economic Forum (WEF), Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), The African Development Bank (AfDB), the Germany Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development BMZ, Heinrich Boell Stiftung, The African-German Foundation, The Association of African Ambassadors in Germany, West African Civil Society Institute (WACSI), ONE Campaign amongst other local and international organisations. He was one of the speakers at the 2016 Antigua Forum in Central America. In 2015, he was invited by the United States Government to attend its flagship fellowship programme, the International Visitors Leadership programme scheduled for August 2016.
The leadership of the African Union invited him in 2014 to be part of the Africa Re-imagination Creative Hub (ARCH) to fashion an agenda for Africa 2063 project. He has since become a regular feature at African Union conferences.

He serves on the Communication team of the African Union’s Democratic Governance Trends. He was a delegate at the Warsaw Dialogue for Democracy in 2013 and was on the inaugural panel on Africa at the Halifax International Security Forum, Halifax, Canada 2014. The Halifax Forum is considered the “Davos of International Security.” He is now a regular at the Halifax International Security Forum. He participated as a panelist at a side event during the 2013 United Nations General Assembly in New York where he spoke on the need to use data and facts as tools in activism and policy making in Africa.
JJ was ranked 29th on a list of the 100 Most Influential Black People on Digital/Social Media in April 2014 alongside Barack Obama, Beyonce, Oprah Winfrey amongst others. In 2012, YNaija named him one of the most influential young Nigerians (in Business, Fashion, Media, Entertainment, Technology and Politics) under 35 and was described as “king of the click.” The same platform named him the most influential Nigerian on Twitter in 2016.
Omojuwa attended the prestigious King’s College, Lagos between 1995 and 2001. His university education was at the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Ogun State where he studied Agricultural Economics. He is one of the continent’s most renowned free market exponents.

He tweets via @Omojuwa where he reaches some 10 million people every week. He is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers. When he is not traveling around the world marshaling panels

 

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