A Lifetime of Service


19TH DAME AWARDS

PRINCE HENRY OLUKAYODE ODUKOMAIYA

Prince Henry Olukayode Odukomaiya was born on July 10, 1934. He was educated at the University College, Legon, Ghana where he studied Classics and left in 1957 a year ahead of his graduation to begin a career in journalism. His employers, the Daily Times, later sent him to Glasgow Royal College Polytechnic in 1962 for the Higher National Certificate course in Newspaper Journalism. He had a distinguished career spanning Daily Times, Concord Press and Champion Newspapers. He mounted the editorship of the Daily Times in 1969 towards the end of the Nigerian Civil war and steered it through the period of national reconciliation till 1972. He served as deputy chief executive of the Daily Times from 1973 to 1976. In 1979 he was the pioneer managing director and editor-in-chief of the Concord Press. Within two years under his watch the paper grew in stature, successfully challenging many titles that had been in the market for long. In 1988 he also successfully pioneered the establishment of the Champion newspapers, proving that the market can always take a well packaged paper. Since his retirement from full time employment in 1993 he has consulted for various organisations, including his church, where he is today the editor-in-chief of the church magazine. Today, Prince Odukomaiya is well revered for his deep knowledge of the newspaper industry and for producing different generations of news managers.

 

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