OLORUNYOMI, Dapo Oyekunle

Born November 8, 1957

Kano State


B.A.; M.A.; Certificate in Natural Resource Management; Certificate in Human Rights and Humanitarian Law.

Mr. Olorunyomi has about 25 years experience working as a reporter, editor, trainer, and manager in the media sector. His experience straddles the print, broadcast, and online media. He has won numerous local and international awards including the 1995 International Editor of the Year award.
Gender: Male
Name of Spouse Ladi Olorunyomi
Father's Name Samuel Akinbayo Olorunyomi
Mother's Name Mary Olorunyomi
Profession Journalist
Working Experience

Publisher of Premium Times, June 2011-till date; Founder, Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism (WSCIJ); Chief Judge for the Zimeo Award of the African Media Initiative (AMI); Board Member, the Norbert Zongo Cell for Investigative Journalism (an initiative of the UNODC), and the transnational investigative body for West Africa headquartered in Burkina Faso, CENOZO.

Previous Appointments:

– Editor, Radio Nigeria;

– Editor, African Guardian magazines;

– Enterprise Editor/Head of the Investigative Reporting Team, Timbuktu Media Limited (publishers of 234Next);

– Founding Editor, The News, PM News and Tempo Magazine;

– Director, Africa Programs at the Panos Institute, Washington D.C., USA, 1996;

– He later worked with the Dakar, Senegal office of the Open Society Initiative (OSI) in Budapest, Hungary;

– International Jury for the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists [ICIJ] Award, 1999-2001;

– Project Director, Freedom House, 2004;

– West Africa Analyst for the Global Survey of Media Independence, 2004;

– Editor-in-Chief of Premium Times, June 2011;

– Policy Director and the Chief of Staff to the Executive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

SCHOOLS ATTENDED: St. Bartholomew’s Primary School, Wusasa, Zaria; Esie-Iludun Anglican Grammar School, Esie-Iludun; Government Secondary School, Ilorin; Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, 1981,1985; American University, Washington College of Law, Washington D.C, USA, 2006; Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford, UK, 2017.


– International Editor of the Year Award by the World Press Review (1995)
– PEN Center (West) Freedom to Write Award (1996)
– Press Freedom Award of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) New York, U.S.A (1996)
– Hellman Hemmett grant of the Human Rights Watch (1996)
– Diamond Award for Media Excellence’s Lifetime Achievement Award by Diamond Publications (2017)


– Chido Onumah and Frederick Adetiba, “Testimony to Courage”, 2019. (A book of essays in honour of frontline journalist, Dapo Olorunyomi)



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