Dr Martin Oluba-Faculty Member, Centre for Financial Journalism Nigeria

Prof. Martin Oluba, Ph.D, DBA
CEO, ValueFronteira Limited

Martin Oluba is a seasoned decision optimization expert and economic policy analyst. These define his primary forte and areas of interest. Martin’s secondary interest is in the academia and is explained by his involvement as student mentor in The Wharton’s School (University of Pennsylvania) Customer Analytics Initiative, professor of economics and finance at SMC University, Switzerland; formerly a faculty (mentor) at Northcentral University, Arizona, USA; professor of international administration and global economics at EUCLID (Euclid Intergovernmental University Framework) as well as professor of economics at UGSM-Monarch Business School, Switzerland. Aside University of Pennsylvania, all the other institutions are virtual.

Martin obtained a bachelors degree (cum laude) and a master’s degree (with a distinction) in economics from Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka. He equally obtained Ph.D from ESEADE University Institute Argentina as well as a DBA (Doctor of Business Administration) from the SMC University, Switzerland.

He is also a Fellow of the African Analytics and Econometrics Initiatives, a Fellow of the Centre for the Study of Economic Policy Performance, a Senior Fellow of the Institute for Public Policy Analysis and a member of the governing council of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industries (LCCI).

Dr. Oluba has over 20 years experience in leading economic and financial research activities. He has been responsible for setting up and managing processes and structures for the delivery of high quality strategic advice in several research-driven corporate environments and institutions.


Angela Agoawike, Faculty Member, Centre for Financial Journalism, Nigeria1Angela Agoawike
Communications Consultant on Violence Against Children with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Nigeria

Angela is a Communications Consultant on Violence Against Children with the United Nations Children’s Fund, (UNICEF) Nigeria. Between April 13 – September 30, 2015, she spearheaded the very successful launch of the Year of Action to End Violence Against Children.

She is the immediate past Head of the Public Relations and Information Department at the Vienna, Austria-based Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, OPEC. Her promotion to head the Department made her the first, and so far, the only woman to manage a Department in the history of the 12- member Organization. After her tenure, she was retained as an Advisor on Information to the Secretary General from September to December 2013. She joined OPEC as Editorial Coordinator in August 2006, and was promoted to the position of Head of Department in 2010.

Before joining OPEC, Angela was a practising journalist and had edited three national weekly papers (The Post Express on Sunday 1999-2001; Daily Times on Saturday 2002-2004, and National Interest on Saturday 2004 – 2006).
She also worked closely with international organisations like UNICEF, UNDP, USAID and non-governmental organisations in Nigeria, Ghana and New York and has an international experience that cuts across Diplomacy, Journalism, Public Relations practice and non-governmental organization activities.

For 11 days in December 2015, Angela was engaged by Chemonics, a USAID Contractor, as Media Development Expert to plan, organize and execute a National training workshop for journalists and CSO partners on Media and Development Reporting under the project – Strengthening Advocacy and Civic Engagement (SACE).


Garba Deen Muhammad-Faculty Member, Centre for Financial Journalism Nigeria1Garba Deen Muhammad
Group General Manager (Public Affairs), Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation; President, Nigerian Guild of Editors

Garba Deen Muhammad holds Bachelor’s degree (Sociology); Masters Degree (Agric Extension and Rural Sociology) from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.
He has undertaken journalism training courses organized by the BBC in Lagos and journalism courses in Florida, USA at the Foundation for Democracy in Africa. He is also an alumnus of the Lagos Business School.

He started his media career at Weekly Trust newspaper in 1999 and held the position of Abuja Bureau Chief and State House correspondent; Deputy Editor of the newspaper, Editor of the Weekly Trust and Acting Editor of the Daily Trust.

He has also served as Director of Media for the Bukola Saraki campaign organization and later Director of Electronic Media for the Atiku Abubakar presidential campaign organisation in 2011.
Muhammad also served at various times as a member of the National Working Committee of the NUJ, a Member of Standing Committee of the NGE, former deputy president of the NGE and honourary media assistant to former President Olusegun Obasanjo.


Femi-Awoyemi, Faculty Member, Centre for Financial Journalism, Nigeria1Femi Awoyemi, FCA
Founder and CEO, Proshare Nigeria Limited

Olufemi Awoyemi, Founder and CEO of Proshare Nigeria Limited (Nigeria’s foremost financial information hub) is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), Association of Investment Advisers and Portfolio Managers (AIPM), Institute of Credit Administration, and Institute of Information Management. He is an Associate member of the Institute of Chartered Taxation of Nigeria, Institute of Management Consultants, and the Institute of Directors.

He has over 28 years of hands-on cognate strategic management experience with reputable professional and multinational firms including PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Eterna Oil, UACN, Fountain Trust, Phillips Consulting and British American Tobacco.

Femi has and continues to be actively involved in many initiatives, associations, academia and commercial activities including serving in committees of the Nigerian-British Chamber of Commerce; the West African Bankers Association, Institute of Directors, the Nigeria Economic Summit Group (NESG), the Strategy, Research & Advocacy Committee of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN), Council Membership of AIPM, Independent member of the Investment Committee of Alternative Capital Partners Ltd (ACAP); as well as being a former Technical Consultant to the National Assembly House Committee on Capital Markets. He is the founding President, Board of Trustees of the Online Publishers Association, Nigeria (OPAN).


Dr. Boniface Chizea, Faculty Member,Centre for Financial Journalism, Nigeria 2Boniface Chizea, Ph.D
CEO, BIC Consulting

Dr. Boniface Chizea is a fellow (honourary) of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria, Member, Nigeria Institute of Management (Chartered) and Institute of Directors, where he is currently a member, Publications and Company Directorship committee.

He is a first class honours graduate of Mathematics, University of Lagos, 1973, M.Sc. Applied Mathematics (Operations Research), Kings College, University of London, 1975 and Ph.D. Business Administration from Manchester Business School, University of Manchester, 1981.

Dr. Chizea has had outstanding career and dynamic experience as an administrator and research fellow in the finance and banking industry where he worked at Management level as Head, Corporate Development Division, UBA Plc. comprising of Strategic Planning, Economics, Commercial Research, Library, Public Relations and Investigation Units and later as Head, Investment Banking Division.

He served as Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of the Bankers’ quarterly journal and Money Market Association magazine for more than ten years. He was the Bankers representative on NACCIMA’s Economic and Statistics Committee for several years, member, Education Committee and Chairman Accreditation and Exemption Committee of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria.

He is a seasoned and sought-after facilitator and resource person to Nigeria’s best business and educational institutes, including Lagos Business School (LBS), Centre for Management Development (CMD), Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), and Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT).


Christian Chukwudozie Udechukwu, Faculty Member, Centre for Financial Journalism, Nigeria-MediaChristian Udechukwu
Founder and Managing Director, BusinessinAfrica Events UK Limited
As CEO of Business in Africa Events UK Ltd: Africa’s leading business communications organisation, Christian is an entrepreneur, communications expert, live event organizer, strategic analyst and reputation management consultant.
Christian holds B.A combined honours degree in History and English Language from the University of Nigeria, an M.A Honours degree in Advanced International Studies from the Institute of Advanced International Studies, University of Leeds, an MBA from the Middlesex University Business School, London and Corporate Finance from the London Business School, London.

He is a director at the London-based Business Council for Africa (BCA); Director of IC Publications (Publishers of African Business, African Banker, New African Woman and New African magazines); Osike Synergy Nigeria Limited with interest in real estate, agriculture and global brand franchises.

He was recently appointed Bloomberg Multimedia representative for Africa. He is a consultant/commentator on African Affairs to a number of global media organizations.

Christian is member of the Royal Commonwealth Society. He has had professional work experience with blue chip organisations namely Guinness Brewing Worldwide, London; Office of Fair Trading, London; Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, OECD, Paris.


Stanley Egbohukwu, Faculty Member, Centre for Financial Journalism, NigeriaStanley Egbochuku
Publishers, ManufacturerToday

Stanley Egbochuku has about 35 years experience in core print media business. He started off as a reporter/researcher in Afriscope magazine and moved on to Daily Times of Nigeria in 1975, where he was on the team that pioneered business journalism in Nigeria, and ended up with the Concord Newspaper Group as its Deputy Managing Director.

Before then, he conceptualised Business Concord, the erstwhile leading business newspaper in Nigeria, which he edited for over five years. He was the Managing Director of Business Media Limited that introduced the Business Confidential, and later Editor-in-Chief/Chief Operating Officer of BusinessDay Media Limited, an investee company of the African Capital Alliance.

He was trained as a journalist/communications specialist and marketer in University of Aberdeen and University of Glasgow, all in United Kingdom. He obtained an M.Sc in International Marketing from the Scottish Business School, University of Strathclyde, and Glasgow.


Chizor Malize, Faculty Member, Centre for Financial Journalism, Nigeria1Chizor Malize
Managing Partner/CEO Brandzone Consulting LLC

Chizor Malize leads the globally inspired multi-disciplinary brand consulting firm founded on the premise to help organizations creatively and innovatively align their branding and marketing strategy to their business goals and objectives.

Chizor holds a Bachelor’s degree in English Language and a Master’s degree in Business Administration with specialization in Marketing. She is a professional member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), London and an Executive Education Alumni of the London Business School and Columbia University, New York.

As the Chief Executive Officer of Brandzone, she has the responsibility of managing several international brands in the local market while creating and managing indigenous new brands (corporate and products) for businesses and corporations.
Among this portfolio of brands are BMW, Range Rover, Qatar Airways, Falcon Oil & Gas, Heritage Bank, Access Bank, Coscharis Group, First Ally Capital, Personal Trust MfB, Fidelity Bank, FBN Capital Asset Management, Aquila Leasing, etc.

She has garnered deep and extensive experience in Branding and Marketing that span across diverse areas such as Branding, Advertising, Communications, Public Relations and Digital/NewMedia working previously on notable brands.
She is a prolific speaker and facilitates Marketing and Brand Management courses at reputable institutions including the Lagos Business School.


Jamiah Tangaza, Faculty Member, Centre for Financial Journalism, NigeriaJamilah Tangaza
Director, Abuja Geographic Information Management Systems

Prior to her appointment as the new Head of Abuja Information Management Systems (AGIS) in 2013, Jamilah was Head of BBC Hausa Service. Since joining the AGIS, Nigeria she has brought her experience to bear in transforming the agency to meet world class standards.

Jamilah holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Bayero University Kano, Nigeria, and a Master of Science degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She attended the BBC’s Leadership Programme in collaboration with the Ashridge Business School, University of Hertfordshire

As Head of BBC Hausa, Jamilah was responsible for the production and transmission of the Service’s daily output on radio, online and mobile phone. BBC’s Hausa Service is one of the language services of the British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC World Service.

She ran two production teams – in London and in Nigeria; and managed BBC Hausa Staff which included Producers, Broadcast Journalists and In-the-field Reporters in Nigeria, Niger, Ghana and Cameroun.

Jamilah is a member of the United Kingdom’s Chattered Institute of Management. She is also the founder of Community Skills and Acquisition Initiative (COSAI) – a non-profit voluntary organization in Nigeria which mainly seeks to provide access to vital information particularly to low-income and rural communities in Nigeria.


Tilewa Adebajo, Faculty Member, Centre for Financial Journalism, NigeriaTilewa Adebanjo
CEO, CFG Advisory Group

Tilewa Adebajo is a consummate investment banking, financial policy and academic expert with over 27 years experience in managing transactions across various sectors and markets in Europe, Asia, Africa, North and South America.

After earlier international finance experience with JP Morgan Chase on Wall Street, he has spent the last 15 years in African Markets involved in Investment Banking, Academia, Policy & Financial Advisory, Project Finance and Consulting. Transactions he executed have cut across Real Estate, Manufacturing, Telecoms, Oil & Gas, Power, Hospitality, Infrastructure, Agribusiness, Public Sector and Privatization Advisory.

When he returned to Nigeria in 1993 he joined Hamiliton Hammer & Co as a Senior Associate, Investment Banking and was involved in all start-up activities, set up departments and led the team that launched the first Investment Fund in the Nigerian Capital Market.

Tilewa joined the academia as a Lecturer and Finance Faculty Head of Lagos Business School in 1995 and developed and taught Finance Curriculum to various groups.

In 1998, he bowed out of Lagos Business School and founded CFG Advisory Group as CEO. At CFG Group he was responsible for Financial Advisory, Fund Raising M&A and Structured Finance Transactions. He later stepped aside from CFG Advisory Group to join GTBank as General Manager, Corporate Banking. He returned to the CFG Advisory as CEO in 2007.

In 2009, he was appointed as an Executive Director by the Central Bank of Nigeria to assist Equitorial Trust Bank Limited (ETB) with its restructuring and recapitalization process in preparation for M &A as part of the Nigerian Banking Industry Reform. And in 2011, he was appointed Senior Technical Adviser (Investment) at the Federal Ministry of Trade and Investment, working with the Minster for Trade and Investment to promote FDI and LDI in Nigeria.


Ijeoma Nwogwugwu, Faculty Member, Centre for Financial Journalism, NigeriaIjeoma Nwogwugwu
Editor, THISDAY Newspaper

Ms. Ijeoma Nwogwugwu holds a B. Sc in Accounting from University of Lagos and a Postgraduate Diploma in International Housing Finance from Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania.

Ijeoma is a business leader with over 25years experience, with ten of this in executive roles with strategic management experience within the banking, media and public sector industries. She is a member of the Nigerian Union of Journalists, the Nigerian Guild of Editors, and has sat on the board of Nigerian Security Printing & Minting Company Limited, Daily Times of Nigeria Plc. and the National Hospital Abuja.

She is currently Editor and Director, Editorial, THISDAY Newspaper, a position she has held since 2012, and has held several positions in the organization prior to this appointment.

She also worked with the World Bank as a consultant to the Bureau of Public Enterprises between 2001 and 2004 and was the Transaction Manager responsible for the privatisation of state-run enterprises in the media industry.
Ijeoma brought her skills to bear in successfully concluding the sale of 12.6 billion shares of the National Mint to the Central Bank of Nigeria and a N1.25 billion ($10 million) sale of Nigeria’s oldest newspaper publishing house (Daily Times of Nigeria Plc) to a core investor group.

As a former Group Business Editor of THISDAY Newspapers between 1995 and 2001, her role meant overseeing the largest desk in the editorial department providing business, financial and economic content to the daily paper.


Christian Ekeigwe, Faculty Member, Centre for Financial Journalism, NigeriaChristian Ekeigwe,FCA, CPA (Massachusetts), CISA, CFE
CEO, EDP Audit Securities Group/Chairman Audit Committee Institute Nigeria

Christian Ekeigwe is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN). He is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Massachusetts, USA; Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM).

Chris trained and worked as a Nigeria/American professional accountant in Akintola Williams Deloitte (Nigeria and USA).  He left the firm to pioneer information technology auditing in Nigeria when he established EDP Audit & Security Associates, becoming the first certified information systems auditor working in Nigeria at the time.  He led major IT audit projects, one of them the biggest such engagement by any standards in Africa.

Driven by the need to bridge the knowing-doing gap in the market and sensing gaps in the industry he founded Audit Committee Institute Nigeria and the Center for Audit Quality as advocacies for responsible financial reporting.  He also co-founded the Expert Witness Institute Nigeria, the Center for Cyberforensics and most recently Accounting Leadership Conference.

His accounting leadership initiative is aimed at galvanizing accounting leadership to deal responsibly with the unwitting decline of the profession’s influence in the local community and to ensure that accounting and its services are not under-reported or mis-reported in business media.

Chris advocates responsible prosperity which he defines as “prosperity that is built with the discipline of boundary, without corruption, achieved without wittingly exploiting the vulnerabilities of society.”

Chris is a compelling public speaker highly sought after in Nigeria and is an expert in the emerging field of information systems assurance, an industry dean by right, and is the first Nigerian and one of the few Africans with the CISA designation.


Marcel Okeke, Faculty Member, Centre for Financial Journalism, NigeriaMarcel Okeke
Chief Economist, Zenith Bank Plc

Marcel Okeke is the Chief Economist of Zenith Bank Plc. He is an Assistant General Manager, and currently Group Head, Research and Economic Intelligence Group (R & EIG). Before joining the bank at the take-off of the R & EIG in 2004, he has had a multi-sectoral exposure covering the oil and gas industry, media and marketing communications consultancy.

Mr. Okeke holds a B. Sc (Honours) degree in Economics from the University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN); a Master of Business Administration (MBA) (Finance) as well as a specialist certificate in Financial Analysis from the Centre for Foreign Journalists, Reston, Virginia, USA. He is a member of the Nigerian Institute of Management; senior member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria; Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE), among others.

Mr. Okeke worked with the best known titles in Nigeria, including The Guardian, The Punch, Concord and Champion Newspapers. He was at a point the Editor of the highly influential ‘Business Concord’ Newspaper, and Business Editor of The Punch.

Mr. Okeke has also worked as the Divisional Head, Information Management and Media with The Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC), Eastern Division, Port-Harcourt. He was also Team Leader at the African Basic Economy (Consultancy), Lagos.

Prior to his being engaged by the bank, Mr. Okeke was a full time Member of the Editorial Board and In-House Economist of The Guardian Newspapers, Lagos, where he led editorial discourses and analyses on topical local and global economic issues as leader-writer. He equally maintained a very successful weekly column on the economy (every Tuesday). He carried this track record to the bank, where he has been Editor of the Bank’s upscale journal, Zenith Economic Quarterly (since 2005), in addition to other on-line publications.

For his pivotal role in the R & EIG, he was bestowed with the GMD/CEO Award of the bank in 2006 as the ‘Best Individual Staff in the Group’.


Ayo Arolowo, Faculty Member, Centre for Financial Journalism, Nigeria1Ayo Arowolo
Editor-at-Large, ThisDay Newspapers and Arise Television

Ayo is a financial journalist cum media entrepreneur par excellence with over two decades of practice and elevating the standards of financial journalism in Nigeria.
He is a member of the following professional bodies: Nigerian Union of Journalists, International News Media Association, USA, and Toastmasters International.

He currently leads the Editorial team at THISDAY Newspaper and Arise Television as Editor-at-Large and Chief of Staff to the Chairman/Editor-in-Chief with the responsibility of supervising the special editorial and business operations of the media house.

Before joining ThisDay in 2014, Ayo was CEO of Enlightened Media Limited which he founded in 2010. Ayo was also the CEO of Moneywise Newspaper, a personal finance newspaper created by him and other investors with a mission to simplify the complex financial issues and how they affect individual pockets.

From 1999 to 2003, Ayo was the CEO/Managing Editor, Financial Standard Newspaper.
As the founding CEO and Managing Editor of Financial Standard, a financial newspaper which he helped to establish and also ran it as a minority investor, he grew it to become the leading business newspaper in the country.

Before co-founding Financial Standard newspaper, he was the Group Business Editor, THISDAY Newspapers from 1996 to 1999 with responsibility of supervising over 10 business reporters to produce the business pages for the newspaper and also coordinated the special project section for the newspaper.

He has also attended the Executive Training Programme on Project Execution and Sustainable Development at the University of Oxford; and has travelled around the world and covered the World Bank/IMF and African Development Bank (AfDB) meetings on behalf of THISDAY Newspapers.


Ubong Essien, Faculty Member, Centre for Financial Journalism, Nigeria-MediaUbong Essien, CSP
Dean, School of Eloquence/Publisher, Achiever’s Journal

Ubong Essien is Nigeria’s first and currently the only Certified Speaking Professional in West Africa, and has led the field of motivational speaking since 1999. He is also the award-winning publisher of The Achiever’s Journal and the Dean of the public speaking training centre known as The School of Eloquence based in Lagos and London. His specialism spans achievement-motivation and public speaking skills training.

Ubong has worked as a speaker, trainer, facilitator and consultant to a variety of Nigerian organisations in both private and public sectors such as Guinness Nigeria Plc, AIICO Insurance Plc, Fidelity Bank Plc, Standard Chartered Bank Limited, Nigeria LNG, May and Baker Nigeria Plc, First Registrars Limited, Learn Africa Plc, Nigerian Tribune, Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA), Voice of Nigeria (VON), Lagos & Imo State Governments, John Holt Engineering, UAC of Nigeria Plc, UAC Property Development Company, Tastee Fried Chicken, HP Nigeria, Nigerian Bottling Company Plc, MDS, CAP Plc, and Brila 88.9FM.


Mike Uzor, Faculty Member, Centre for Financial Journalism, NigeriaMichael Amuzie Uzor
CEO/Lead Consultant, Datatrust Consulting Limited

Michael Uzor is the lead partner at DataTrust Consulting, a firm of financial analysts and consultants.
He is a graduate of Finance from the University of Nigeria. He also holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Kensington University, California. He equally trained in strategic management from Cranfield School of Management, Bedford, London and has attended senior management development programmes in Nigeria, London and Germany.

His core competencies and skills cut across financial journalism, banking, stock broking and marketing communications. The wealth of practical knowledge and experience garnered from these core areas has equipped him to become a financial analyst, author and consultant with focus on macro-economic policy issues, financial markets and corporate performance analysis.

Uzor was a member of the Monetary & Fiscal Policy Committee, a think-tank sub-committee of the Bankers Committee.
He currently consults for leading newspaper houses, online publications, stock market traders and investors, and writes regularly on the economy and financial markets and is the author of the book: How to Buy & Sell Shares in Nigeria, a Practical Guide.

Uzor has worked as a financial journalist, reporting the Nigerian stock market for many years in both local and foreign publications, including the London-based Africa Analysis.


John Wesey, Faculty Member, Centre for Financial Journalism, NigeriaJohn Wesey
Managing Consultant/CEO, Psyntech Limited

John Wesey provides leadership for Psyntech’s growth and sustainability. He has more than 22 years of working and consulting experience both in the public and private sectors. In the last 13 years, he has been involved in business strategy, organizational change, leadership development and project management.

These experiences coupled with his training in BPR, IT strategy and management, management information systems design and implementation has given him the opportunity to provide advice and apt solutions to clients in Nigeria and West Africa.

He is a certified change management consultant as well as in a number of psychometric and personality assessment tools. He is an alumnus of PriceWaterhouse Coopers, and he is on the board of a number of for-profit and not-for-profit entities.

John has cross industry and geography experiences in his work and career. He is a frequent speaker in select forums and audiences covering such areas as human resources management, IT and digitization, change management, process improvement, leadership development, entrepreneurship, enterprise transformation, innovation, among others. He is also a futurist.


Goddy Ikeh, Faculty Member, Centre for Financial Journalism NigeriaGoddy Chidi Ikeh
CEO, Fortworth Communications Agency

Goddy Chidi Ikeh is former CEO/Managing Editor of The Business Eye magazine based in Lagos. Ikeh is a 1979 graduate of the University of Ibadan. He is the Lead Consultant at Fortworth Communications Agency, a media relations and training firm with national and international affiliations.

Ikeh, a member of the Nigerian Guild of Editors, worked for the News Agency of Nigeria for more than 29 years and retired as Deputy Editor-In-Chief in charge of Business Desk.
He has extensive experience with government and international journalism practice, including serving as press secretary to three finance ministers and working for international news wires and newspapers – Platts Oilgram, OPECNA, Pan African News Agency (PANA), African Press Agency (APA) and Star Group of Newspapers of South Africa.

He has served as a trainer for the World Service Trust of the BBC and currently a consultant to a number of national and international firms, including the DFID-funded organization, Enhancing Nigerian Advocacy for a Better Business Environment (ENABLE) on Business Journalism content development and Media Relations for Business Membership Organisations in Nigeria, Facility for Oil Sector Transparency in Nigeria (FOSTER) on promoting better and more efficient governance and strengthening transparency and accountability in the oil and gas sector of Nigeria.


Funke Egbemode, Faculty Member, Centre for Financial Journalism, Nigeria1Funke Egbemode
Managing Director/Editor-in-Chief of Daily Telegraph and Vice President, Nigerian Guild of Editors

Egbemode is a respected media industry expert, teacher and consultant and she is CEO of Daily Telegraph Publishing Ltd, publishers of New Telegraph Newspapers.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife. She also holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism from the Nigeria Institute of Journalism, Lagos. Egbemode started her career as a staff writer in the defunct PRIME PEOPLE magazine. She moved to THE PUNCH in 1993 where she rose to become the Deputy Features Editor.

Since then Egbemode has been Associate Editor, ThisDay, Editor, The Post Express on Saturday, pioneer Editor of the Saturday Independent. She is the immediate past Editor of the Sunday Sun.
Egbemode has also served in the public sector as Assistant Press Secretary at the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation, NTDC, Special Adviser (Media) to the Speaker, House of Representatives, and was a member of the Board of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, FRCN.

She is a renowned writer and columnist. Egbemode is the author of Intimate Affairs and Conversations with My Country.


Harry Willie Nnanke, Faculty Member, Centre for Financial Journalism, NigeriaHarry Willie Nnanke
Founder/ Managing Director, Heritage Quality Services Consult (HQSC) Limited

Harry is a thoroughbred Marketing Communications practitioner with over two decades cross-functional experience in brand management and marketing communications.

He is also a full member of Advertising Practitioners’ Council of Nigeria (APCON), the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) and Association of Advertising Agencies of Nigeria.

Harry is a 1988 Philosophy graduate from the University of Lagos with very strong strategic, creative and media-network competencies across all communications platforms

He began his career as a marketing practitioner at TSM in 1992 and moved quickly through Partnership Advertising, Broyon Advertising, Goldmark Advertising, Cardinal Advertising, SO&U & Globacom.
Harry was in SO&U as Media/PR and Account Manager between 1997 and 1999 handling Brand Development and Campaign Executions for ValuCard, Colgate- Palmolive, Abuja Sheraton, Citibank, NNPC, Mobil, GTB, UTB and Cadbury among many others.

As Advertising/Promotions Manager for CIL/Globacom from May 1999 to November 2002, he also had concurrent responsibilities as Head, Corporate Affairs, Devcom Bank Limited and internal consultant on communications to Dr. Mike Adenuga Jnr on his vast business empire including ETB, Conoil, and Consolidated Oil, etc.

As the founding Managing Director of Heritage Quality Services Consult (HQSC) Limited, an integrated marketing communications company since January 2013, he has handled several big-ticket accounts and projects including: Vmobile (Now Airtel), The Governor Bukola Saraki-led Nigerian Governors’ Forum, National Insurance Commission, Central Securities Clearing System (CSCS), Sona Group of Industries, United Cement Company Limited (UNICEM), Carnival Calabar, The Nigerian Institute of Architects, Nollywood at 20 Celebrations.

Harry also conceptualized and produces BRANDPOWER magazine and serves as the Editor-in-Chief.


Ray Echebiri, CEO & Faculty Member, Centre for Financial Journalism, Nigeria 2RAY ECHEBIRI
CEO, Centre for Financial Journalism

Ray Echebiri, a consummate financial journalist, development economist and author, is the founding Editor-in-Chief/CEO of BusinessWorld newspaper. Before founding BusinessWorld, he had worked with some of the most reputable newspapers and magazines in Nigeria, and occupied top editorial positions such as Assistant Editor, Business Editor, Deputy Editor, Member Editorial Board, Editor.

Ray studied at the University of Calabar, Nigeria, as a Mobil scholar and at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, United Kingdom, as a British Chevening scholar and obtained B.Sc and MA degrees in Economics and Development Economics, respectively.

Ray started his journalism career at the Newbreed Organisation, publishers of Newbreed and The President magazines. He later moved to BusinessInEcowas, a bi-lingual (English and French) magazine that focused on the economic and political developments in the West African sub-region. A year later, he moved to Champion Newspapers.

He rose from Staff Writer, the position at which he was employed, to Assistant News Editor, and then to Business Editor. Later he was transferred out of the Business Desk and made Deputy Editor of Sunday Champion. He also acted as Editor, Sunday Champion for a short while before he was elevated to the position of Editor, Business Champion.

Ray moved out of Champion House in 2000 and joined Financial Institutions Training Centre (FITC), and functioned as Personal Assistant to the Director General. He went back to journalism practice after a stint at FITC to edit Financial Standard newspaper.

A widely-travelled journalist, Ray has covered many high profile local and international events including the famed June 12 Election in Nigeria, various editions of Nigerian Economic Summit, The World Bank/International Monetary Fund annual meetings (in different countries of the world), African Development Bank annual meetings (in different countries of Africa), The World Economic Forum. He has attended many training programmes within and outside the country, and has also served as a resource person in many training programmes, workshops, seminars and conferences within and outside the country.

Ray is the author of Rage of the Risk God – A Reportage of the Lamido Sanusi Banking Reforms, a book that contextualized the motivations, rationale, and the impact of the banking reforms embarked upon by the Central Bank of Nigeria under Mallam Lamido Sanusi.