Alake, Henry Dele

Born 6th of October 1956

Ekiti State



Henry Dele Alake is the incumbent Minister of Solid Minerals Development of the federation. He previously served as commissioner for Information and Strategy of Lagos State between1999 to 2007
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He is married with children, his child, Olatunbosun Alake, is the Special Adviser on Innovation and Technology to the Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-olu.

Profession Journalist , Politician ,
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Special Recognition Award from Lagos Radio Radio and Public Service Award, ECHNONEWS.

Economic Community for West African States (ECOWAS) International Gold Award in the year 2000.

Alake served as the Adviser on Information to late Bashorun M.K.O. Abiola (publisher of the Concord Group of Newspapers), his employer and mentor to aid his presidential campaign and election in 1993.

M.K.O. Abiola emerged victorious in the June 12 1993 elections due to the efforts of Dele Alake during the campaign but the election was annulled.

Alake faced oppression from the dictatorial regime of General Sani Abacha for his confrontations and candour to hold the government accountable for the stolen mandate of his mentor.

Due to the pressure and threats on Alake, he went into exile to form a coalition with the likes of Professor Bolaji Akinyemi, Senator Bola Tinubu, Chief John Oyegun, Lt. Gen. Alani Akinrinade (Rtd.), and other top members of the National Democratic Coalition of Nigeria, NADECO.

In June 1999, Alake was appointed Special Adviser on Information and Strategy to the Lagos State Governor, Senator Bola Tinubu.

On October 1999, Alake became the State Commissioner for Information and Strategy till 2007 when he was appointed to head the Lagos Ministry of Information, Sports and Culture.

In 2010, Dele declared his intention to contest for the senatorial seat of Ekiti Central, Ekiti state but could not continue due to the intra-party crisis of his political party at that time.
He holds a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc) degree in Political Science and a Master’s degree in Mass Communications, all from the University of Lagos.

Alake secured an appointment at the Lagos State Broadcasting Corporation (LSBC) as Senior Sub-Editor, in which capacity he served till 1980.

In 1985, Alake delved into the print aspect of journalism when he joined the defunct Concord Press, publishers of the Concord Group of Newspapers – National Concord, Sunday Concord and African Concord (magazine).

He was the Editor of both Sunday Concord and National Concord and was later drawn into politics when he was made the Adviser on Information to his employer and mentor, the late Chief MKO Abiola.

Alake was the Commissioner for Information and Strategy to the then Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, between 1999–2007.

In 2014, he was appointed as the Director of Media and Communication of the Buhari Campaign Organisation for President Muhammadu Buhari’s 2015 election.

Alake, a fellow of the Nigerian Guild of Editors, an association he once served as its Vice-President and also a member of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) and the West African Union of Journalists.

He has also received several honors and awards for his meritorious service in journalism.

He was awarded the Economic Community for West African States (ECOWAS) International Gold Award in 2000, Special Recognition Award, Radio Lagos and Public Service Award, ECHNONEWS among others.

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