IDOWU, Sigismund Olanrewaju Olukayode

Born July 19, 1958,

Minna, Niger State




Olanrewaju Olukayode
BA, MA, Journalist, born: July 19, 1958, Minna, Niger State; Education: Baptist Academy, 1970-1974, The Polytechnic, Ibadan, 1974,Educated in History and Public Communications at the University of Lagos, Akoka and Fordham University, New York respectively, he has a rich experience in journalism, publishing, and information management. A respected writer, author, trainer, and editor, he is a fellow of the Nigerian Guild of Editors and member, Nigerian Institute of Public Relations. He has worked as a media consultant with the United States Information Services (USIS), managing partner of Richard Munds and in many respected newsrooms and editorial suites as a writer (Daily Times), reporter/head of investigating team (The Guardian on Sunday), assistant editor (The Democrat Weekly), and editor/deputy editor-in-chief (Thisweek). He was conferred with the Lifetime Achievement Award for Journalistic Excellence by the Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism on December 9, 2011. He is quite active on the media education circuit as a participant and resource person. His published works include: AUTHORED: Idowu, Lanre (2009) The Popular is Seldom Correct: Selected writings on Governance, Media and Democracy, Diamond Publications. ISBN 978-978-2938-52- Idowu, Lanre (2009) Bridges of Memory, Diamond Publications. ISBN 978-978-2938-39-8 EDITED: Idowu Lanre, ed. (2017) Glorifying God’s faithfulness since 1867: The story of St. Jude’s Church. Diamond Publications. ISBN (Paperback) Idowu, Lanre, ed. (2015) Voices from Within: Essays in honour of Sam Amuka, Diamond Publications. ISBN 978-978-2938-90-9 (Paperback) Idowu, Lanre, ed. (2014). FOUR DECADES AFTER….Reflection on Our Years at Baptist Academy. Diamond Publications. ISBN: 978-978-2938-87-9 (Paperback). Idowu, Lanre, ed. (2011) Watching the Watchdogs: Media Review at 20, Diamond Publications. ISBN 978-978-2938-73-2 (Cased), 978-978-2938-74-9 (Paperback). Idowu, Lanre, ed. (2011) Master of His Age: The story of Anthony Enahoro, Diamond Publications. ISBN 978-978-2938-72-5 (Cased), 978-978-2938-66-4 (Paperback) Idowu, Lanre, ed. (2011) Nigerian Columnists and their Art, Diamond Publications ISBN 978-978-2938-64-0 (Cased), 978-978-2938-65-7 (Paperback) Idowu, Lanre, ed. (2005) Gentleman of the Press: The Press on Tunji Oseni’s passage. ISBN978-2938-29-7 (Paperback). Idowu, Lanre, ed. (2001) Watching the Watchdogs: Media Review at 10, Diamond Publications. ISBN 978-2928-10-6 (Paperback) Idowu, Lanre, ed. (2001) Diamonds are Forever: The Story of DAME at Ten, Diamond Publications. ISBN 978-2938-13-0 Idowu, Lanre, ed. (2000) The Media and the Legislature, Nigerian Guild of Editors. ISBN 978-2938-11-4 (Paperback) CO-EDITED: Goodie M. Ibru, John Akintayo, Nwudego Chinwuba and Lanre Idowu, eds. (2017). Law, Tourism and Hospitality. Diamond Publications. ISBN 978-978—54332-3-4 (Paperback). Goodie M. Ibru, John Akintayo and Lanre Idowu, eds. (2013). THE LAW OF DEFAMATION: Challenges in the Face of Rapid ICT Developments. Diamond Publications. ISBN 978-978-2938-85-5 (Paperback). Idowu, Lanre and Oyinlola, Ademola, eds. (2011) TELL: Courage in Print, Diamond Publications. ISBN-978-978-2938-67-1 (Cased cover), 978-978-2938-68-8 (Paperback). Idowu, Lanre and Godwin, Gillian, eds. (2008) Shared Values: Understanding Issues in Nigeria-Britain Relations, Diamond Publications. ISBN 978-978-2938-40-4 (Cased) Oseni, Tunji and Lanre Idowu, (2000), eds. Hosting 140th Anniversary of the Nigerian Press, Tosen Consult. ISBN971-047-701-2 (Paperback)
Gender: Male
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  • Married
Name of Spouse Mrs. Olawunmi Onalaja, 1987
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Profession Veteran Journalist , Publisher
Working Experience Graduate Teacher, Fibril Martins Memorial Grammar School, August 1980; , Trainee Reporter, United Nations Headquarters, New York, 1982 , Staff Writer, Daily Times, August 1982 , Reporter, The Guardian, 1983; , Head, Sunday News Team, The Guardian, July 1983; , Media Assistant editor, The Democrat, December 1983 , Media Consultant, United States Information Service, 1985; , Associate Editor, This Week, 1986; , Deputy editor, This Week, April 1987; , Editor-in-Chief, Media Review, Diamond Publications.

Trustee, Diamond Awards for Media Excellence (DAME) Trust Fund, Since January 1992.

Mem: Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE), National Union of Journalists(NUJ), The Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR)

Baptist Academy, 1970-1974, The Polytechnic, Ibadan, 1974, University of Lagos, 1976-1979, Fordham University, New York, 1981-82;

Books Published by Diamond Publications:
– The Popular is Seldom Correct, Lagos, July 2009;
– Nigerian Columnists and their Art, December 2009;
– Master of His Age: The Story of Anthony Enahoro, July 2011.

– Reading;
– Gardening;
– Jogging;
– Collecting stamps;
– Lawn Tennis.

9, James Robertson Street,
Surulere, Lagos;

House 21, Close A,
Road 711, Festac Town, Lagos.

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