To survive Online challenge, media should embrace plural journalism, says Adedayo

Dr. Festus Adedayo is a political communication scholar, author and lawyer. He was a media adviser to two executive governors. In this interview with ROTIMI AGBOLUAJE of The Guardian Newspapers, he spoke on the challenges facing media in Nigeria today.   How can the media industry produce quality hands for this generation?   IT’S distressing when you look at the media industry. At the time we got into journalism, our predecessors told us that we didn’t meet the industry at its prime. Even the one we met was such that…

Those who attack me do so out of ignorance, mischief, malice – Femi Adesina

Presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, became a household name at the then Weekend Concord long before 2002 when he was invited to be part of the formidable team that formed The Sun Newspapers, of which he was pioneer editor. He rose to become the Managing Director/Editor-in-Chief of the company as well as President, Nigeria Guild of Editors (NGE). In 2015, he was appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari as his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity. In a chat with Chioma Okezie-Okeh of Saturday Sun, he shares his experience as the presidential…

YOU & LITERATURE TODAY: Philosophy, history and poetry made me get in touch with my reality, with my essence as a person – Edward K. Boateng, a Liberian Poet.   By Munyal Markus Manunyi Email: talk2munyal@gmail.com

Recently, We Write Liberia (WWL) represented Liberia in Sierra Leone to host a creative arts evening in the Capital’s City Council Hall. The event which was tagged Upholding the African Culture had attracted more than 500 persons including 15 schools, theatre companies, other poetry organisations and lots more. We Write Liberia is an NGO of young Liberian creative artists which has been in existence for 4 years now, and known for its output in the aspect of Creative Arts in Liberia. Let’s hear from Edward, one of the forerunners of…

APC Chairmanship: I’m not intimidated by other Contestants, it’s time for Generational Shift – Etsu

Mohammed Saidu Etsu is one of the aspirants seeking to clinch the national chairmanship position of the All Progressives Congress (APC). In this interview with MOSES ORJIME, he reveals what drives his ambition to become the next national chairman of the APC, including the need for the vibrancy and urgency of youth to steer the governing party and the nation to the next political dispensation. What inspired you to contest for the national chairmanship position of the APC? First and foremost I want to appreciate Nigerians for being supportive of…

2023: I foresee danger — Buba Galadima

Alhaji Buba Galadima is a renowned political figure in the North. In this interview culled from Sunday Sun, he barred his mind on the knotty issuer of banditry, politics behind government’s response to it, as well as other sundry issues.    A lot of issues are now being raised about the rising level of banditry, kidnapping and other forms of criminalities especially in the Northwest.  What are your thoughts about these? My thought is what you know already. You see people being killed every day and security forces are unable to do…

Why I will not Dump PDP – Senator Suleiman Hunkuyi

Senator Suleiman Othman Hunkuyi was a governorship aspirant in the 2019 poll in Kaduna State. He was also a representative of Kaduna North Senatorial District in the National Assembly (2015 – 2019) where he served as a Chairman Senate Committee on National Population and Identity as well as Vice Chairman, Senate Committee on Federal Character and Inter-Governmental Affairs. He spoke to Obute James on different issues including the reasons he dumped the ruling party, All Progressive Congress, APC and why he will remain in the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP despite…

INTERVIEW: Why I met Buhari and what Nollywood needs to improve – Adebayo Salami

Veteran Nigerian actor and filmmaker, Adebayo Salami, popularly known by his stage name, Oga Bello, recently celebrated his 54th year on stage. The actor who still features prominently in several Yoruba movies has shown no signs of slowing down just yet. The 65-year-old actor welcomed PREMIUM TIMES into his Ikorodu country home where he opened up on his career, family as well as future plans PT: You began acting as far back as 1964 when the profession was yet to be accorded its recognition. Were your parents in support of…

My Role in the June 12 Struggle – Bayo Onanuga

Without any equivocation, Bayo Onanuga, along with the likes of his ‘fellow conspirators’, remains among the greatest icons of Nigerian journalism owing to his fearless and passionate leadership for committed journalists in confronting military rule. The News magazine, TEMPO and PM News that he founded along with his colleagues became thorns in the flesh of Nigeria’s military regimes. Now in his first-ever assignment on the side of government as the Managing Director/CEO of the News Agency of Nigeria, Mr. Bayo Onanuga casts a backward glance at the pro-democracy struggle for…

Most of my mates were almost grandmothers when I married at 24 – Aisha Yesufu

The co-convener of the Bring Back Our Girls group, Aisha Yesufu, tells Ademola Oloniluaabout her family and love life You became quite popular through the Bring Back Our Girls campaign after the Chibok girls were abducted in 2014. How did you become an activist? For me, activism has been part of me all my life. I am somebody that stands up against injustice because I have a ‘big mouth.’ While I was growing up, I always asked questions; be it from my parents or when I was in school. I…

How Man Slipped Hand Into My Bra To Squeeze My Breasts – Adichie

Nigerian author, Chimamanda Adichie has narrated how a ‘big media’ man slipped his hand under her clothes and then into her bra to squeeze her breasts when she was 17 years old. Adichie, who joined the #MeToo movement’ shared the story of her sexual assault at age 17. She spoke at the Stockholm Forum for Gender Equality. According to her, she had written a book of poems and took it to a “big man in the media” who she felt would support her quest to have it introduced to the…