Born August 6, 1948,

Ukanafnn, Akwa Ibom State



BA, M.Sc

Veteran Journalist and Prose Craftsman, Prolific Writer, Renowned Columnist, Analyst and Informed Commentator
Gender: Male
Name of Spouse Uyai Peter Ekereke, 1977
State of Origin: Akwa Ibom
Father's Name
Mother's Name
Profession Journalist , Administrator , Colunmist
Working Experience Information Officer, Ministry of Information, Sokoto (NYSC), 1973-74; Features Editor, Nigerian Chronicle, Calabar, 1974-76; Acting Editor, Sunday Chronicle, Calabar, 1976-77; appointed Editor, Nigerian Chronicle, Calabar, 1977-80; Editor, Sunday Times, December 1980-82; Editor, Business Times, 1982; Chairman, Editorial Board of Concord Newspapers, 1982-84; Co-Founder and Executive Editor, Newswatch Magazine, 1985; Deputy Editor-in-Chief and Deputy Chief Executive, Newswatch, 1980-86; appointed Editor-in-Chief, and Chief Executive, Newswatch Magazine, 1986-93, Chief Executive Officer, Newswatch Communications Limited, since 1993; Director, Yadara Nigeria Limited; Director, Lastop Limited; Director, Emer Nigeria Limited; Director, Ultimate Motors Limited; Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists, Cross River State Chapter, 1976-77; Vice-President, Commonwealth Journalists Association

CEO/Editor-in-Chief, MayFive Media Limited; Renowned Columnist, The Guardian Newspaper, Lagos, Nigeria

Member, Nigeria Union of Journalists; Member, Commonwealth Journalists Association; Member, Nigerian Human Rights Commission; Member, Police Service Commission; Member, National Agency for the Control of HIV and Aids (NACA); Fellow, Nigerian Guild of Editors.

Ibibio State College, Ikot Ekpene, 1960-64, Holy Family College, Abak, 1966-68, University of Lagos, 1970-73, Indiana State University, Bloomington, USA, 1977;

Recipient: Nigerian Institute of Journalism Award

Distinguished Alumnus Merit Award by University of Lagos Alumni Association, Akwa Ibom State Branch, 1994;

Gold Awards for 25 Nigerian Celebrities by Delight Productions Limited, 1988;

Creative Writers Association, Dept of English, Ahmadu Bello University;

Award for Professional Excellence by Mboho Mkparawa Ibibio, 1990;

Corporate Fellowship and Merit Award by Institute of Sales Management of Nigeria, 1993

Award for Excellence in Journalism by Akwa Ibom State, 1997;

University of Lagos Alumni Association Achievers Award, 1997;

United Nations Educational, Scientific & Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Akwa Ibom State Award “for Excellence in Journalism;

Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON);

Awarded Fellow of Nigerian Guild of Editors, 1998;

winner, International Editor of the Year Award, 1987, World Press Review, New York 1987;

winner, The Outstanding Young Persons of the World Award (TOYP), for 1988, by Jaycee International in Sydney, Australia, 1988;

Awarded by the World Press Review, New York, 1988;

One of the Outstanding Young Persons of the World, International Award of Excellence by CPU Technology Corporation and World Newsday International at LT., Cambridge, United States for his outstanding achievement, 1991;

Afe Annang Students in North America Inc., Washington, DC, 1990;

20th Century Award in recognition as one of 500 leaders of influence by the American Biographical Institute, 1995;

Distinguished Achievements in Journalism by American Biographical Institute;

Ekpu, Ray(ed): Newswatch Best, Lagos, Newswatch Books, 2005. 446p.

Ekpu, Ray(ed): Jogging in the Jungle, the Newswatch Story, Lagos, Newswatch Books, 2010. 407p.

Ekpu, Ray(ed): OJUKWU, Lagos, MayFive Media, 2012. 275p.

Ekpu, Ray(ed): A leap of Faith

Ekpu, Ray (Co-ed): Nigeria Business and Trade Fair Journal

Moving in Circles

Ibrahim Babangida: The Military, Politics and Power in Nigeria

Tourism in Nigeria

Nigeria Their Nigeria

sports, travelling

His writings have been published in several Nigerian newspapers and magazines as well as in such foreign publications as the Portland Oregonian, Milwaukee Sentinel, New York Times, International Herald Tribune and the Journal of Democracy.

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