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AMMA OGAN CV

  1. 1. AMMA OGAN CV Launching the news website 234NEXT.com in December of 2008 was the culmination of 30 years in journalism in Africa, Asia and America. At Timbuktu Media where I was then director and head of editorial strategy 234NEXT was the herald to the weekly NEXT on Sunday, which came two months later in January of 2009. After six grueling months, a daily paper version was on the streets. My supervisory and managerial role included all aspects of hiring, motivating and developing news content and supervising production of a staff of 200. SKILL HIGHLIGHTS Strong interpersonal skills Self-motivated Excellent editor Deadline-driven Firm grasp of journalistic ethics Copyediting and proofreading Exceptional writing skills Broad knowledge of local news topics Insightful interviewer INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE Nigeria:The Daily Times, TheGuardian, Africa Now South Africa: The SundayIndependent China: China Daily US: TheSundayTimes(UN correspondent), Colors, Africa Recovery CAREER HIGHLIGHTS 1978 Promoted to the Daily times Editorial Board a year after joining the paper as staff writer on the Arts Des 1980 First National Assembly Correspondent, Daily Times during Nigeria’s Second Republic 1982 Nigeria Bureau Chief Africa Now First Substantive editor of The Guardian on Sunday MAJOR ACHIEVEMENTS Broke the story on a secret island prison, Nigeria’s RobbenIsland established by the military government off the coastof Lagos. (Locked away
  2. 2. in an Island Prison, The Guardian 19...) The prison was immediately closed following the publication. First major interview with Emeka Ojukwu who led the secession of Biafra that culminated in the Nigeria Biafra Civil War. First Nigerian journalist to interview Benazir Bhutto in Pakistan As editor of The Guardian on Sunday published major stories challenging the military government of the day, including uncovering the use of Nigeria as a dumping ground for toxic waste shipped from Europe. (Toxic Waste Dump in Koko) WORK HISTORY 2014 to date Contributing columnist Premiumtimesng.com:column series- Counting Months for the Chibok Girls 2008- to 2012 Director Editorial Strategy, Editorial Page Editor, Columnist, NEXT on Sunday, NEXTDaily, 234NEXT.com Shareholder and Director, Timbuktu Media, publishers of NEXT on Sunday and 234Next.com 1998 -1999 CopyEditor, 21st Century, Beijing, China published by China Daily 1995 -1997 Assistant Editor and columnist, The SundayIndependent Johannesburg, South Africa, published by Independent Newspapers Plc. 1993- 1994 Contributor, Africa Recovery, journal of African economic and development issues published by the United Nations in New York, USA 1991- 1992 Contributing Editor Colors, quarterly published by Benetton in New York and Rome avant-garde magazine of social affairs. 1990-199 New York Correspondent, TheSundayTimes, Lagos, Nigeria, published by Daily Times Nigeria Ltd
  3. 3. 1983-1989 Editor, The Guardianon Sunday, published by Guardian Newspapers, Lagos (1985-1988) Deputy Editor, TheGuardian (1988- 1989) Earlier Career Editorial Board Member, The Guardian, Ag Features Editor, The Guardian Editor Sunday Supplement, TheGuardian on Sunday, National Assembly Bureau Chief, TheGuardian Senior Correspondent, TheGuardian Lagos Bureau Chief, Africa Now, London, a monthly magazine of African affairs, published by Pan-African Publishers Ltd Editorial Board Member Daily Times, published in Lagos, Nigeria, by Daily Times Nigeria Ltd Senate Correspondent, Daily Times, Staff Writer, Daily Times Senior Correspondent, SundayTimes Contributor, Business Times, a weekly newspaper of business and finance, published by Daily Times Nigeria Ltd Assistant Editor, Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, Lagos, Nigeria, edited various academic journals published by the Institute. EDUCATION Bachelor of Arts English University of Sussex Falmer, England, 1977 LANGUAGES English (fluent) French (basic speech and written) Chinese (elementary) Igbo (fluent PUBLICATIONS Stern (Germany); Metropolis (New York); West Africa (London); theroot.com (USA); AWARDS Professional: 2010 Forum for Ethics in Business awarded to Timbuktu Media
  4. 4. 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.” HOBBIES & INTERESTS Sewing, Jewelry making, Fitness Music, Art, Literature, Fashion ASSOCIATIONS Foundation member Nigerian Civil Liberties Organisation and its first director of fund raising and publicity

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