DEBO ADESINA, is the Editor-in-Chief of The Guardian, the most influential group of newspapers in Nigeria, will speak on the “Nigerian Media Industry in A Digital Age” track at the summit.
BIO DATA | DEBO ADESINA
Debo Adesina, 51, is the Editor-in-Chief of The Guardian, the most influential group of newspapers in Nigeria. He studied journalism at the University of Lagos. He also attended courses at the Institute for the Advancement of Journalism at the University of Witswaterstraand, South Africa and at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Boston, USA.
He was named Editor of TheAfrican Guardian magazine at the age of 27, becoming the youngest man to be appointed editor of a major publication at that time. He went on to become the Deputy Editor of The Guardian(Daily) and the pioneer Editor of The Guardian on Saturday, a weekly that broke sales records within its first year. He was appointed substantive Editor of the flagship,The Guardian, in 1999, a position he held for more than 12 years.
On his watch, The Guardian became a perennial winner of the Newspaper of the Year award from both the Nigerian Media Merit Award Foundation and the Diamond Award for Media Excellence, including the Newspaper of the Decade on the two occasions that honour has been given (in 2001 and 2011). The group of newspapers has produced, on Adesina’s watch, winners of some journalism’s most prestigious honours globally, including the CNN/Multichoice Journalist of the Year Awards.
Adesina himself has won, a record seven times, the Editor of the Year Award from the two prestigious Foundations and has been nominated Outstanding Young Person of the Year, among many other honours. He is currently the only Nigerian on the Panel of Judges of the CNN African Journalist of the Year Awards.
Celebrated as one of Nigeria’s best journalists and a writer of evocative prose, Adesina has the honour of being in the caravan of those men and women who have helped to expand the frontiers of liberty and democracy in Nigeria. He was awarded the ‘Young Global Leader’ honour by the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland in 2007, becoming one of a select group of young men and women from different professional backgrounds across the world, charged with the task of charting a new course for global development. An ideas man of repute, Adesina is a much sought-after speaker on the lecture circuit in Nigeria and internationally.
In 2008, he was appointed a Federal Commissioner in the Fiscal Responsibility Commission, the body charged with monitoring treasuries and spending performance at all levels of government in Nigeria, by President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua. He relinquished the position to concentrate on his journalism practice in the service of the nation.