Has Children (male and female) and grand-children
Chairman /CEO, Ifode Nigeria Limited, 1978-; Chairman /CEO, Springtime Advertising, 1978-; Chairman/CEO Third World Development Agency, 1978-; Chairman/CEO Friday Ifode Communications, 1978-;
– French Teacher, St.Theresa’s College, Oke Ado, Ibadan, 1961.
– Programmes Operator, Trainee; Announcer; News Reader, Producer/Presenter, Political & Social Magazine programmes, Radio Nigeria, Ibadan, 1961.
– Announcer / Newsreader; Narrator, Serious and Factual Documentaries
Presenter, ‘Saturday Night Out, Live’, Radio Nigeria, National Network, 1963-1965.
– Senior Announcer, English Service; Newsreader; Presenter, ‘Nigeria Today’; Africa Today’; From the Nigerian Press’, Voice of Nigeria, External Service of the NBC, 1966-1967.
– Newscaster; Continuity Announcer; Interviewer, Special Guests…Heads of State and Governments; Celebrities, Ambassadors & Captains of industry; Presenter, ‘Viewpoint’; Narrator, Special Documentaries Copywriter, Programme summaries & Station Promos; Head of Presentation; Live Commentator, Outside Broadcast of Special Events, NBC-Television Channel 10, 1967-1972.
– Setting up of the station, Newscaster; Training Officer; Head of Production & Presentation Programmes Manager; Director of Programmes, Executive Producer: Award-winning ‘Friday Ifode Show’, Midwest Television Benin, 1972-1976.
– Radio Production & Presentation; News; Special Events & Sports, BBC, Bush House, London.
– Programmes Production; Presentation &Sports, BBC-Television, White City.
– Special Assistant to the Hon. Federal Minister of Finance & Economic
Development, in the government of General Ibrahim Babangida with special responsibility for Economic Public Relations, geared towards attracting inward investment from the Brussels, Luxembourg & Washington axis.
– Board Member, Federal Housing Authority, FHA.
– Chief Marshal Public Enlightenment, Federal Road Safety Commission, 1989-90.
MEMBERSHIP OF PROFESSIONAL BODIES/PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS:
– Pioneer Member, Editorial Board, ‘Fortunegate News, UK.
– Past Member, Institute of Public Relations, UK.
– Past Member, Royal Television Society, UK.
– Past Member, Radio Academy, UK.
– Confederation of International PR, Brussels.
– Past Member, Commonwealth Journalists Association.
– Founding Member, Radio & Television Broadcasters Association
of Nigeria, RATBAN.
– Founding Member, Public Relations Institute of Nigeria, NIPR.
– Past Member, Nigeria Institute of Journalists.
– Was part of the pioneering team that set up Midwest Television, MTV; became the station’s first Director of Programmes, Head of Production & Presentation, and 9 o’clock News Anchor.
– Was also part of the pioneering team that produced the blue-print for the station’s establishment and day-to-day operations.
– Live commentaries, first Midwest State Elections.
– Earned the Director General’s Special Commendation & a Special Award & Commendation from the state’s first Premier, Chief Dennis Osadebe.
– Producing / Presenting: Friday Night Special, Accent on Rhythm, Time for Highlife, Bandstand, featuring the big highlife bands of West Africa.
– Pioneer Presenter, Music Bright & Early, the first Commercial early morning show on Radio Nigeria.
– Presenting the popular ‘Variety Time’.
– Was involved in the (armed) take-over of the West Regional Studios
of Radio Nigeria, Ibadan; and the subsequent trial of Professor Wole Soyinka.
– Breaking News: Announced the first military coup, on the dawn of January, 15, 1966, and pioneered the use of martial music, as the signature tune for subsequent military coups, in Nigeria.
– Special Guests Interviews:
British Prime Minister, Harold Wilson; Prime Minister of Surinam; South Africa’s singing sensation, Miriam Makeba, Reggae king, Bob Marley; Boxing legend, Mohammed Ali, etc.
– Live Commentaries: change from left to right hand drive in Nigeria.
– Live Commentaries: change in currency from the West African pound to the Nigerian Naira.
– Setting up of Midwest Television, MTV.
– Special Federal government project: towards inward investment.
– Live Commentaries, 8th All Africa Games.
– Co-MC & Voice Over: CHOGOM.
– Live Commentaries, COJA, 2003.
– All types
– Athletics: was Nigeria’s schoolboy high jump record holder
– Football – college team captain at GCI 1960
– Loves watching Motor Racing, Formula One
– Horse Racing.
– Lawn Tennis.
A voracious reader of prose, poetry, and journals.
Has authored three historical fiction novels:
– ‘Return of the Children’,
– ‘Miranda, Confessions of a Femme fatale’
– ‘Myphas’.A story of Extra-terrestrial Mystery’
FURTHER PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:
– In West Germany; France; Holland; & Belgium.
– WUVE Channel 8, New Orleans Louisiana.
– KSD-TV Channel 5, St Louis, Missouri.
– VOA, New York & Washington.
– Ghana Broadcasting Corporation.
Friday Ifode went into self-exile, during Nigeria’s brutal military era;
and he has been resident in London since 1993.
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