One of Nigeria’s most versatile and experienced journalists, Bayo Onanuga has taken over the helms at the News Agency of Nigeria as Managing Director.
Onanuga resumed at his new office today having been appointed earlier in the week by President Muhammadu Buhari. Until now, he was Managing Director/Editor-in-Chief of the News Group of Publications which he co-founded in 1993.
Bayo Onanuga graduated from the University of Lagos with a Second Class Upper degree in Mass Communication in 1980. He joined the services of the Guardian Newspapers of Nigeria in 1983 as a sub-editor. He moved over to the National Concord as Senior Features Writer. His stint on the latter position marked the beginning of his recognition by many senior journalists as an effective and highly resourceful creative writer. Onanuga became Senior Correspondent of African Concord in 1985, rose to become the magazine’s Assistant Editor, Acting Editor and ultimately Editor in 1989.
Onanuga is known to have contributed to the grooming of many highly resourceful Nigerian journalists like Babafemi Ojudu, Victor Omuabor, Dele Momodu, Seye Kehide, Kunle Ajibade and Ademola Oguntayo.
Even so, he is widely known to be one of the most self-effacing and quiet editors Nigeria ever produced.
Onanuga is an award-winning journalist. Among other laurels, he won the Lord Astor Award of the Commonwealth Press Union in 1994 for Courage and Commitment to Press Freedom.