OGAN, Amma

Born October 4, 1953
Launching the news website 234NEXT.com in December of 2008 in Lagos, Nigeria, was the culmination of Amma Ogan's 30 years in journalism in Africa, Asia and America. At Timbuktu Media where she was then director and head of editorial strategy, 234NEXT was the herald to the weekly NEXT on Sunday, two months later in January of 2009. Her supervisory and managerial role there included conceiving, and developing the different sections of the paper, supervising news content and overseeing editorial production of the daily, weekly and magazine.
Gender: Female
Name of Spouse Dele Olojede
Father's Name Okoronkwo Kesandu Ogan
Mother's Name Oyidia Ogan (nee Ogali)
Profession Journalist
Working Experience

Contributing Columnist, Premiumtimesng.com Column Series (Counting the months for the Chibok Girls), 2014-TILL DATE.

Previous Appointments:

– Assistant Editor, Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, Lagos, Nigeria, 1977-1978;

– Editorial Board Member Daily Times, published in Lagos, Nigeria, by Daily Times Nigeria Ltd, 1978- 1980;

– Senate Correspondent, Daily Times; Staff Writer, Daily Times; Senior Correspondent, Sunday Times; Contributor, Business Times, a weekly newspaper of business and finance, published by Daily Times Nigeria Ltd (At various times between 1978 and 1982);

– Lagos Bureau Chief, Africa Now, London, a monthly magazine of African affairs,
published by Pan-African Publishers Ltd, 1982-1983;

– Editorial Board Member, The Guardian; Ag Features Editor, The Guardian; Editor Sunday Supplement, The Guardian on Sunday; National Assembly Bureau Chief, The Guardian; Senior Correspondent, The Guardian (At various times between 1984 and 1989);

– Editor, The Guardian on Sunday, published by Guardian Newspapers, Lagos, 1985-1988;

– Deputy Editor, The Guardian, 1988- 1989;

– New York Correspondent, The Sunday Times, Lagos, Nigeria, published by Daily
Times Nigeria Ltd, 1990-1991;

– Contributing Editor, Colors, quarterly published by Benetton in New York and
Rome Avant-Garde Magazine of Social Affairs, 1991-1992;

– Contributor, Africa Recovery, Journal of African Economic and Development Issues published by the United Nations in New York, USA, 1993-1994;

– Assistant Editor and Columnist, The Sunday Independent, Johannesburg, South
Africa, published by Independent Newspapers Plc, 1995-1997;

– Copy Editor, 21st  Century, Beijing, China, published by China Daily, 1998-1999;

– Director Editorial Strategy, Editorial Page Editor, Columnist, NEXT on Sunday,
NEXT Daily,234NEXT.com, 2008-2012.

MEMBERSHIP OF PROFESSIONAL BODIES:

– Foundation member, Nigerian Civil Liberties Organisation

SCHOOLS ATTENDED: Queen's College, Lagos, 1965-66; Queen's School, Enugu, 1967; University of Sussex, England, 1974-77.
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AWARDS:

– PROFESSIONAL: Forum for Ethics in Business awarded to Timbuktu Media
 
– INDIVIDUAL: 2013 Lifetime Award for Journalistic Excellence by the Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism for “exemplary ethics, true professionalism and unparalleled courage on the beat.”

MAJOR STORIES:

– Toxic Waste Dump in Koko, The Guardian on Sunday:
Nigeria was being used as dump for toxic waste from Europe. Koko, a remote
village in Mid-western Nigeria was the site. I was editor of the paper and supervised the coverage by our science correspondent.

– Locked away on an island prison, The Guardian on Sunday:
I broke the story on a secret Island prison established by the military regime,
Nigeria’s version of Robben Island.

– The Soweto Uprising 20 years on, The Sunday Independent, Johannesburg.

– Two years and counting… Premiumtimesng.com:
A 2-year vigil for the Chibok girls consisting of a column published once a month
on the anniversary of the kidnapping.

INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE:

– Nigeria: The Daily Times, The Guardian, The Guardian on Sunday, Africa Now 
– South Africa: The Sunday Independent
– China: China Daily, 21st Century
– US: The Sunday Times, Colors, Metropolis, Africa Recovery

TWITTER:
@ammaogan

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