IKIEBE, Dr. Richard Okhumale (PhD)

Born January 21, 1955
Dr. Richard Ikiebe serves as Senior Fellow and pioneer Director of the Center for Leadership in Journalism at the School of Media Communication (SMC) at Pan Atlantic University in Lagos, Nigeria. He holds a PhD in Media/Communication from the University of Westminster, London, United Kingdom, where he is currently a Visiting Scholar. Ikiebe also holds an MA degree in International Relations from Ohio University, Athens, USA; a BA in Journalism from University of Wisconsin, USA; and a Diploma in Journalism from the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos, Nigeria. Ikiebe has an exceptional range of experience in journalism, public communication and the private sector operations. He has worked in the media, as a public communicator and teacher, designing and managing effective communications strategies for both the private and public sector organisations. He started his journalism career as Reporter/Features Writer with the Daily Times 1978. He later worked with the Pan African-News Agency, Dakar, Senegal; Newswatch Magazine; as communications policy adviser to the Federal Minister of Information; Special Adviser in the Presidency, Office of the Chief of General Staff; Executive Director/CEO Nigerian American Chamber of Commerce, and CEO, Raitas Ltd (a firm of Communications and Media Consultants). Ikiebe also served as World Bank Consultant to the Federal Ministry of Information and the Bureau for Public Enterprises (BPE); and also as Communication Consultant to Vision 2010 and the AU, among others. Ikiebe has remained active within the Nigerian media and business communities in non-executive capacities; he currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of BusinessDay Newspapers and Board Chairman of TechPoint.ng, an online technology media organisation. Previously, he served as Vice-Chairman of the Board, Cornerstone Insurance Plc.; Member, Board of the Nigerian Investment Promotion Council; and Member, Global Communication Certification Council, International Association of Business Communicators (IABC). He has organised and led, as well as participated, in several Nigerian trade and investment missions outside Nigeria. He also leads media study tours for media executives and CEOs to leading media institutions to Britain and other European countries.
Gender: Male
Name of Spouse Mrs. Joy Ikiebe
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Profession Veteran Journalist , Scholar
Working Experience

Chairman, Board of Business Day Newspaper; Chairman, Techpoint.ng; Director, Centre for Leadership in Journalism (CLeJ); Visiting Research Scholar, University of Westminster, London; Director and Fellow, Institute of National Transformation (INT);

Previous Appointments:

– Senior Policy Adviser, Minister of Information, 1986-1990;

– Executive Director, Nigerian-American Chamber of Commerce, 1990-1992;

– Special Adviser, Chief of General Staff (Nigeria’s Military Vice President), 1998-1999;

– Consultant, (World Bank Team), Federal Ministry of Information and the Bureau for Public Enterprises (BPE);

– Media and Communication Consultant, Vision 2010 and Africa Union;

– Editor, English Service, The Pan African News Agency, Dakar Senegal;

– Senior Staff Writer, The Daily Times of Nigeria and Newswatch Magazine;

– Host, Talk Shows, Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria and Nigerian Television Authority (NTA)


– Member, National Union of Journalist;
– Member, Nigerian Institute of Management

SCHOOLS ATTENDED: Nigeria Institute of Journalism, Lagos, 1978; University of Winscosin, Whitewater, USA, 1984; University of Ohio, Athens, USA, 1986; University of Westminster, London, UK, 2017.


– Recipient, Best Reporter Award, Daily Times, 1978.


In his current career as an academic, Ikiebe has written or edited several books on media in Nigeria. His research is a landmark study of the Nigerian Media (1935-2010). In the course of this work, he interviewed over 80 leading journalists (retired and active).

– The Press National Elections, and the Politics of Belonging in Nigeria, 2017
(Unpublished PhD Dissertation.)
– Nigerian Media Leaders: Voices Beyond the Newsroom Vol. One, 2015
– Nigerian Media Leaders: Voices Beyond the Newsroom Vol. Two, 2015
– Future Tense: The Travails of Next and Nigerian Journalism in the Digital Age, 2012, Editor (with Taiwo Obe)
– Kolade’s Canon 1: People, Leadership and Management, 2013. Editor
– Kolade’s Canon2: Business and Economy, Nation Building, Ethics. 2013.Editor
– Kolade’s Canon 3: Broadcasting. 2013. Editor

Also in the course of his career as a journalist, Ikiebe published numerous articles in newspapers and periodicals mostly on the Nigerian social, economic and political environment.


– Jogging
– Reading


Mr. Ikiebe wrote the blueprint for reorganisation of Organisation of African Unity Dept. of Information & Public Affairs.

Centre for Leadership in Journalism,
School of Media and Communication, Pan-Atlantic University,
Ibeju-Lekki Lagos, NIGERIA.

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