Mrs Olabisi Olaleye, Mr. Emeka Aginam and Mr. Adeyemi Adepetun, ICT journalists with The Sun, Vanguard and The Guardian newspapers respectively, garnered individual awards at this year’s National Information Technology Awards (NITMA) organized by the Nigeria computer Society.
NITMA is a distinct platform to recognise and appreciate excellence in the field of Information technology; where those who have made giant strides and significant impact in expanding the frontiers of IT in Nigeria, are honoured, with Nigeria CommunicationsWeek also receiving special award at the event held in Lagos on Wednesday.
Erelu Georgiana Olabisi Oyebogbon Olaleye
She is a native of Abeokuta, Abeokuta South Local Government, Ogun State and was born a twin to Engr. Chief Emmanuel Adebowale and Mrs Elizabeth Abosede Yetunde Shoteye on 18th of March, 1974 at the Island Maternity in Surulere, Lagos.
She went to Adegoke Primary school, Alhaji Masha, Surulere, Lagos (1981-1986) and
Thereafter Itolo Girls Secondary School (School 3),Eric Moore (1987-1992) and became a Punctuality prefect in SS1 till SS 3 .
She worked for a year with Sam Aaron Nigeria Ltd, a clearing and forwarding firm in Apapa.(That was the norm then, to work for a while before gaining admission into higher institution). Thereafter, she gained admission at the Ogun State Polytechnic, now Moshood Abiola Polytechnic(Mass Communication 1993 -1995), and Higher National Diploma in the same Institution in 1998 and specialised in print media.
She served as a Youth Corp Member in 1999 on the Art Desk at The Rutam House, Guardian Newspaper, with Mr Jahman Anikulapo as Art Editor. At the completion of her compulsory service year, she was among the prileveged few, who were retained. But as a young bride,she left journalism for five years to procreate. Thereafter, went to work at different secondary schools as English Language and Christian Religious teacher (2000-2003).Suffice to say, most of the students who passed through her tutelage are her major followers on Social Media Platform.
She also worked with the Nigeria French Insurance(NFI), now AIICO as an Insurance marketer in (2003-2004), and became a top rated marketer with the company.
Olaleye, went back to journalism in September of 2004 and started all over again because computers had been introduced to journalists. With a determined spirit, she excelled and became every editor’s friend including the pioneer Editor of Daily Sun, Mr Femi Adesina, now Special Adviser Media and Publicity to President Muhamadu Buhari.
She has traversed almost all the desks including the Art desk, Entertainment, Education, Health, a bit of politics and Business/ICT Desk ( 2005-till date). She is still the Head of the ICT Desk in Daily Sun Newspaper.
Olaleye, who is a titled chief has undergone many local and international professional trainings and workshops to enhance her career and has several certificates in her kitty including Google, Microsoft, EPPAN, Media Mentoring certifications.
She also tried to distinguish herself by writing a Book on the Telecoms industry: ‘Our Nigerian Story’, which became an instant hit. Erelu Olaleye is also the First Female ICT journalist in Nigeria to author and publish a telecommunications book.
Olaleye has several awards in her kitty and she is the current Vice Chairman of Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), Lagos State Chapter. She is also a member of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), and Nigeria Information and Communication Technology Reporters Association (NITRA).
A seasoned Technology Journalist, Mr. Emeka Aginam is a practising Technology Journalist, working in Vanguard Newspapers, Nigeria.
As a key Technology Journalist in Nigeria, he is actively involved in real time and online journalism for over fifteen years.
Mr. Aginam, acclaimed Pan -African IT Evangelist has earned many awards and recognitions in the course of his journalism career.
In 2009 for instance, the World Information Technology & Services Alliance (WITSA) honoured Mr. Aginam, with Information Technology Champion award .
In the course of his Journalism career, he has earned his marks in the international news reporting, having attended many and major international trainings, conferences, ICT trade exhibitions, competitions and seminars including Microsoft Imagine Cup, Mobile World Congress, Online Education, Berlin, CeBIT technology trade exhibition, GSMA 360 Africa, e-learning Africa, Ifra technology trade expo, among others.
Being passionate about Tech start-ups, Mr Aginam for half a decade has accompanied the brightest Nigerian software code warriors to compete at the world stage in Microsoft Imagine Cup competition in many countries.
He graduated from Nigeria’s prestigious journalism schools, the Department of Mass Communications, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State, in 1997 with second class upper division (first degree) and the University of Lagos, UNILAG, in 2001, (second degree).
He started his journalism career in Vanguard Newspapers in 1999 where he was Business Reporter, Technology Reporter, Assistant Online Editor, and currently, Deputy Technology Editor. He also edits e-conversation, a column dedicated for comments by Vanguard online community and Sun Tech News.
In 2003, he got a scholarship with the Federal Republic of Germany to undergo intensive course in advanced electronic sub-editing and Layout at the International Institute of Germany, Berlin, Germany.
He is passionate about IT education and entrepreneurship among youths. He likes writing, travelling, and teaching
Mr. Adeyemi Adepetun is a dynamic and hardworking Journalist with The Guardian Newspapers. Born in the early 80s’, he currently coordinates the Information and Communications Technology pages of the newspaper called ITECH and TELECOMS formerly known as COMPULIFE. He has been in charge of the desk for about five years now.
He holds two certificates (Media Enterprises and Advanced Media Management &Writing in a Digital Age) from the School of Media and Communications, Pan Atlantic University, Lekki-Ajah, Lagos; a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from LadokeAkintola University, Ogbomosho, Oyo State.
He is a Bachelor of Science Degree (B.Sc.) holder in Mass Communications from Crescent University, Abeokuta, Ogun State (Second Class Upper Division) and a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Banking and Finance (Upper Division) from Lagos State Polytechnic, Ikorodu.
Mr. Adepetun is an Associate, Nigeria Institute of Public Relations (NIPR). He is also in the final stage of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN) exams which will qualify him to be an Associate, Chartered Institute of Bankers (ACIB).
He was awarded the ’ICT Editor of the Year, 2015’ by ICT Watch Network, organizers’ of the yearly Africa Digital Awards.
Mr. Adepetun, who is happily married with kids, is well travelled gaining international insight into his journalistic career.
Countries visited for trainings, conferences and exhibitions on ICT include France, USA, Malta, Spain, Sweden, China, UAE, Qatar, South Africa, Kenya, Ghana, among others.
Presenting the awardees with the plaques, Sir Ademola Aladekomo, former NCS president, extolled ICT journalists in the country for their resilience in educating and informing the public about technological advancement in the country and the world at large.