Olasunkanmi John Oba

Nigerian Representative

OBA OLASUNKANMI JOHN ADEBUSUYI, is a graduate of Computer Science from the Federal Polytechnic Offa.  Before diving into journalism, he had work with the Leadership Newspaper Group for sometimes in the Data processing section but for his passion for writing was encouraged by his then Editor, Mr. Kunle Shomorin to register for journalism training in 2007 at the International Institution for Journalism (IIJ) Abuja, Nigeria where he obtained Higher diploma certificate in 2011 and a Post graduate diploma certificate in Public Relations and Advertising from the same institute in 2012. The same year, he sat for a diploma course at the Nigeria Institute of Public Relations (NIPR).

In 2009, he was assigned to the Ministry of Youth Development and it parastatals, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs). And was later elected the chairman, Youth Correspondents Association of Nigeria in 2011. He was the first to introduce and handled the then famous Leadership Youth Affairs page which focused mainly on youth issues and with this in July/August 2010 won the My TV Press Release Competition.

He later left Leadership Newspaper in 2012 and joined Blueprint Newspaper as a correspondent and was assigned to youth, Civil Society Organisations (CSO), Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Ministry of Water Resources and have written several articles on these sectors.

Over the course of his career, John has attended several international and local certified training programmes with the UN Habitat, UN, Bridge media and election module, international Press Centre capacity Building workshop, National Water Resources Institute, Kaduna Journalists/Media Professionals Workshop among many others.

November 2013, he was appointed, member of the committee on media, publicity and public relations for the Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC) and Personal Assistant to the CYC chairperson on media and publicity in Nigeria. He was also appointment media head, Africa Union Economic, Social and Cultural Council,(AU ECOSOCC) by the Nigeria representative and was later appointed April 2015 in Cairo, as Communication/Media Assistant, to the Presiding officer, AU ECOSOCC, Dr. Joseph Chilengi.

John is a member of the Nigeria Union of Journalists and the Chairman, Agricultural Correspondents Association of Nigeria (ACAN). And the Director, Corporate Affairs of Concern Nigeria Youth Development Organisation (CNYDO). He is also the Publisher of AU ECOSOCC Watch Magazine, the official magazine of the council and currently, the Nigeria Representative in the 3rd General Assembly of the Africa Union, Economic, Social and Cultural Council (AU-ECOSOCC).