Dear Editor, Following last Saturday’s 15thFebruary 2014 tragic death of my beloved cousin, Mr. John
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Premium Times Services Limited, publishers of Premium Times, is a Nigerian media organisation based in Abuja with a vision to help strenghten Nigeria’s democracy, advance the socio-economic wellbeing and the rights of the people, promote and enrich their cultural practices, and advocate for best practices, good governance, transparency and human rights, in line with the values expected of a modern democratic state.
Proprietors of the organisation believe that of all the institutions of a modern democracy, the media matter in large measure. It can help forge new communities, pursue political and social agenda in support of a better society, and help build visions of hope and resistance. Sadly the media can also lead in negative directions: dividing people and truncating hope and vision. In our country, the media have played both roles at different times in our history.
Premium Times, founded in mid 2011, believes that the time has come for Nigeria to embrace the challenge of progress and development in a substantial, concrete sense. We bring a huge commitment to offer our country the type of media that will advocate for the people and nudge our nation on the path of development and social reengineering.
We are of the view that in terms of its formalistic processes, and its philosophy of content, the new media that will help spur the challenge of educational revolution, cultural rebirth, and economic development, in Nigeria, must be reflective, thoughtful, analytic and empathetic without a sense of entitlement and insularity. We have come to fill that lacuna in our press, and therefore raise the bar of journalism in our country.
We will publish across all formats beginning with this online platform where we hope to appeal to the bulk of our young and middle class elites with a vision of the future and a belief in social change.
Nasiru Abubakar Abdullahi/CHAIRMAN, PREMIUM TIMES SERVICES LIMITED
Nasiru Abdullahi, a firm believer in the power of the media as an agent of social change, graduated with top grades from the Department of Accounting, Bayero University Kano in 1987. He has since built a reputable career in Financial Management, Investment, and Banking.
Mr. Abdullahi spent half of his career, spanning 25 years, in banking, working with Continental Merchant Bank, Nigeria Merchant Bank and Intercity Bank in different capacities. Tired of counting money and watching over other people’s fortunes, he, in 1998, resigned as Manager of the Kano branch of Intercity Bank.
Following the acquisition of an MBA in 1998, also from Bayero, Mr. Abdullahi assumed, in quick succession, top level management positions in three different companies, carrying out financial and investment advisory roles.
The companies include Treasure Technologies Nigeria Limited, Proactive Trust and Investment Company Limited, and Ardent Consulting Limited, which he founded and ran as Chief Executive Officer.
Mr. Abdullahi has undergone several trainings in Financial Accounting, Human Capital Development and Change Management across the country and abroad, and is a member of the Institute of Management Consultants of Nigeria.
He is married with children.
Dapo Olorunyomi/EDITOR-IN-CHIEF/MANAGING DIRECTOR
Dapo Olorunyomi is an award-winning reporter and editor with varied experience in Nigeria and internationally. He was one of the two only Nigerian past recipients of the International Editor of the Year Award. He has also won the Freedom to Write from PEN (West) and of the National Association of Black Journalists Press Freedom Awards.
He was co-founder of The News magazine in Lagos; was enterprise editor at Next Newspapers, and founder of the Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism. He served as director and chief of staff of Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission from 2005 until 2008, voluntarily resigning when the then EFCC Chairman, Nuhu Ribadu, was illegally dismissed in 2008.
Mr. Olorunyomi worked as a journalist during the military regime of Sani Abacha before moving to the United States, where he worked, first, as Senior Fellow, Africa, at the Washington DC offices of Panos Institute, and later as the Nigeria Project Director for Freedom House. He returned to Nigeria in 2005 to work for the EFCC. He has won numerous awards for his work in journalism.
Musikilu Mojeed/MANAGING EDITOR
Musikilu Mojeed, award-winning investigative journalist, was until 2011 Investigative Editor at Nigeria’s NEXT newspaper.
A recent John S. Knight International Fellow at Stanford University and Ford Foundation International Fellow at The City University of New York, he has reported extensively on corruption, human rights and human trafficking and is one of Africa’s most regarded investigative journalists. He is well known for exposing government and corporate corruption in his country.
A winner of several awards, including the FAIR’s Editor’s Courage Award, a Stanford journalism fellowship, the Wole Soyinka Investigative Reporting Award and a Ford Foundation Fellowship, Mojeed was on the board of the Forum for African Investigative Reporters, and is a member of Investigative Reporters and Editors. He is a member of the world’s foremost investigative journalism group, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.
Mr. Mojeed studied Mass Communication at the Akwa Ibom State Polytechnic and Communication Arts at the University of Uyo, all in Nigeria. His romance with journalism began while in high school where he was president of the school’s press club.
At the polytechnic, where he graduated at the top of his class and won the Josef Akpabio Prize for the best graduating student, Mojeed was features editor of the department’s training newspaper. At Uyo, where he also came tops of his graduating class, he was deputy editor and later editor-in-chief of CAMPUS TIMES, the university’s training newspaper.
After school, Mojeed worked at various times with major newsmagazines and newspapers in Nigeria: THE NEWS/TEMPO, TELL, THE PUNCH and NEXT, where he was investigative editor until October.
He has reported from the United Nations, and was also a Nigerian stringer for the New York Times.