Independent Communications Network Limited (ICNL) nurtures the vision to emerge as Nigeria’s biggest multi-media business outfit.
We shall be dedicated to the promotion of the principles of civilized nationalism, democracy, political and economic pluralism, liberty and equality of the various ethnic groups of the Nigerian Federation. But our independence will not be an excuse for opportunism and spineless neutrality on the major issues that affect the well-being of the Nigerian people. We shall be partisanly neutral on the side the truth, justice and good government. We shall tell our stories and narrate our events primarily in terms of people in a most beautiful form. Our practice shall be informed by the need to restore the primacy of a vigorously probing tradition.
OUR CORE VALUES
All our titles and outfits are conceived as a statement of a new generation dedicated to the cultivation and protection of core liberal and democratic values.
Bayo Onanuga, Idowu Obasa, Dapo Olorunyomi, Babafemi Ojudu, Alhaji Sani Kabir, Kunle Ajibade, Seye Kehinde.
Bayo Onanuga (Leave of absence) – Managing Director/CEO (e-mail: [email protected]; [email protected])
Babafemi Ojudu (Leave of absence) – Managing Editor
Kunle Ajibade – Executive Editor (e-mail: [email protected])
BAYO ONANUGA “He was the managing director of ICNL, editor-in-chief of TheNEWS/PM NEWS. He is a fellow of the Nigerian Guild of Editors and a member of the World Association of Newspapers. He was born in Ijebu-Ode on 20 June, 1957. He attended Ijebu Muslim College, Ijebu-Ode (1970-1974), Federal Government College, Odogbolu (1975-1977) and University of Lagos (1977-1980), where he graduated in Mass Communications, with Second Class (Upper Division) degree. At the university, Onanuga was a John F. Kennedy Scholar, arising from the scholarship, he won for participating in a national essay contest in 1977.
After graduation, Onanuga first worked as Client Service Executive at Practions Partners, before he crossed over to OGTV (1982-1983). In July 1983, he joined the Guardian as sub-editor; January 1985, National Concord as Senior Features Writer and later as Senior Correspondent for the weekly magazine, The African Concord.
Onanuga became editor of the magazine in 1989. In April 1992, he resigned his appointment over the insistence of his publisher that he apologise over a story on Ibrahim Babangida, the military dictator of that time.
Onanuga thereafter led his colleagues, who resigned with him to found TheNEWS in 1993.
As a journalist, Onanuga has won several awards, the most prestigious being the Lord Astor Award for Courage and Commitment to Press Freedom. It was bestowed on him by the 50-nation Commonwealth Press Union in 1994.
BABAFEMI OJUDU (Journalist, Political Activist): Born on 27th of March, 1961 in Ado-Ekiti, he attended Emmanuel Primary School and Ado Grammar School both in Ado-Ekiti for primary and secondary education. After high school in 1977, he worked briefly as a Clerical Officer with the Ministry of Education in Ondo State and the Federal Mortgage Bank (FMBN), Lagos.
He was admitted to study English at the University of Ife, Ile-Ife now known as Obafemi Awolowo University. At the university, he was very active in student politics and campus journalism. He graduated in 1984 with a second class (lower division) degree.
Upon the completion of the NYSC at the Publications Unit, Faculty of Education, University of Ibadan in 1985, he joined The Guardian as a Reporter-Researcher. While in The Guardian, he reported for Guardian Express, an afternoon publication.
In 1987, he completed a Master’s degree in Political Science at the University of Lagos.
He left The Guardian to join The African Concord magazine as a Staff Writer the same year, rising to become an Assistant Editor, before leaving in 1992 to join his other colleagues in establishing TheNEWS magazine. At the Concord, he was Chairman of the Chapel’s NUJ, Secretary of Lagos NUJ Ethics Committee and Chairman, Human Rights Committee. Ojudu has also served on the board of International Freedom of Expression Exchange (IFEX), a global media advocacy group based in Canada.
He had since variously worked as Managing Editor; TheNEWS, Editor P.M.News; Editor, TEMPO magazine and Editor, A.M. NEWS, a daily newspaper. Ojudu has won many awards both as a reporter and an editor.
He is married and has children.
KUNLE AJIBADE (Journalist, Essayist and Author): He was born on 28 May, 1958 in Nigeria. Ajibade attended Muslim Grammar School, Ibadan, Oyo State, College of Arts and Science and the University of Ife, Ile-Ife, where he obtained his first degree in English Studies. Shortly afterwards, he earned a Masters degree in Literature-In-English in the same institution.
After graduation, he worked as a Copywriter with Grant Advertising in Lagos; Senior Correspondent, The African Concord; Assistant Editor, The African Guardian; and now he is Executive Editor, TheNEWS and P.M.News.
In the course of his job as a journalist, he suffered imprisonment during the reign of General Sani Abacha. The account of his three years in jail is documented in the book titled: Jailed for Life: A Reporter’s Prison Notes. The book won the Victor Nwankwo Book of the year award in 2005. Ajibade is married and has children.
Kazeem Ugbodaga is a journalist with over 16 years experience on the job. With a degree in Mass Communication and a Master degree in Peace and Conflict Studies, he is well versed in in-depth news reporting, research, investigative writing, in-depth news analysis, among others.
His passion for the job has seen him traverse various media outlets, such as The Daily Times and National Interest. His journalism practice and experience were mostly acquired in The News/PM News where he has spent over 10 years.
ADEMOLA ADEGBAMIGBE (Journalist and Polemicist)
Born on 18th of May, 1963 in Ado-Ekiti, he attended Ola Oluwa Grammar School, Ado Ekiti and the University of Ado Ekiti where he obtained B.A in English (second class upper division) in 1992. He capped these up with a Masters in Public and International Affairs at the University of Lagos in 2005.
After his National Youth Service in Osun State in 1994, he joined TEMPO Magazine same year as a reporter. He moved to the Post Express in 1996 and returned to Independent Communications Network Limited (ICNL) in 1998 as a senior reporter with TheNEWS. He was promoted Senior Staff Writer in January 2000. He was appointed Editor in May 2001, a position he held till August 2005, when he was elevated to the position of General Editor.
He is married and has two children, a boy and a girl.
The flagship of the stable, TheNEWS magazine, came into existence on 8 February 1993. A quality weekly magazine, it promised to stand as the epicenter of the glorious continuity between the great past and the promising future of the journalism profession, ushering the reading populace into the world of a new experience in magazine publishing. Hence its slogan; defining the present, shaping the future. Till date, it has not reneged on the fulfilment of this agenda. TheNEWS combines a vigorous political reporting with a vibrant and knowledgeable reporting of business, the arts, health, fashion, environment etc. This makes it a total news package every week. To enhance its production quality, the management recently acquired a FAST 300 web-offset machine. Right now, the magazine circulates between 40 and 50,000 copies every week. With active sales offices in the major capitals and appointed distributors across the country, TheNEWS reaches every part of Nigeria every Sunday morning in readiness for sale on Monday. It also leaves Nigeria for the international market every Sunday night. TheNEWS website: www.thenewsng.com is very active. It has attracted millions of readers all over the world.
Introduced in August 1994 to satisfy a yearning for a fresh, breezy and entertaining afternoon paper in Lagos and its environs, P.M.News is positioned as a paper for everyone.
We realised that readers yearn for hot news but have little time to read a bulky publication. So the paper was designed as a small volume (16-page) publication with a strong news orientation. The entire package has the right balance, presenting regular columns on fashions, interviews with notable men and women and vibrant sports and entertainment sections, etc.
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