Wednesday, 26 August 2015

#AfricasBiggestBookProject Narrator Profile: Japheth Omojuwa

Japheth Joshua ‘JJ’ Omojuwa is a social media entrepreneur, blogger, socio-economic and political commentator. He is a columnist for two of Nigeria’s most respected newspapers, The Punch and Leadership Newspapers. Omojuwa's articles have been published on several online and print media including: CNN, Metropole Magazine, Sahara Reporters, BBC, The Financial Times and THISDAY and translated into several languages including FrenchGermanPortuguese and Greek

For the past five years, he has played active roles in the emergence of Nigeria’s social media landscape working daily as Curator, Omojuwa.com and as a Social Media Consultant. He has been Editor of Africa’s foremost Human Rights and Liberty website, AfricanLiberty.org for the last three years. JJ recently concluded a six-month stint as a lecturer (on Africa: Democratic prospects and challenges) at Free University of Berlin in Germany. 

As a speaker, JJ has participated in various economic, civil society and media development panels as well as Universities across several continents in several countries some of which include: New York University, Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, Catholic University of East Africa, Nairobi, Technical University, DortmundKibarak University, Kenya, Technical University, Dortmund, Catholic University of East Africa, Nairobi Kenya and several in Nigeria. 

He was a delegate at the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development Rio+ 20 in Brazil, Youth Marketer Converge Conference which featured Jimi Wales, CEO Wikipedia, Open Forum Conference at Cape Town’s International Convention Centre and has led panels organized by the World Economic Forum (WEF), Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), The African Development Bank (AfDB), the Germany Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development BMZ, Heinrich Boell Stiftung, The African-German Foundation, The Association of African Ambassadors in Germany, West African Civil Society Institute (WACSI), and ONE Campaign amongst other local and international organisations.

The leadership of the African Union invited him in 2014 to be part of the Africa Re-imagination Creative Hub (ARCH) to fashion an agenda for Africa 2063 project. He has since become a regular feature at African Union conferences. He was a delegate at the Warsaw Dialogue for Democracy and was on the inaugural panel on Africa at the Halifax International Security Forum, Halifax, Canada 2014. 

JJ has also worked with several multinationals to implement very successful social media campaigns such as: #MTNfootball, #PeakMoments, #SafeToken for MTN Nigeria, Friesland Campina, and Quick Teller by Interswitch Limited. The #FansConnect during the 2014 World Cup reached almost 900 million timelines and over 33 million people in 4 weeks. 

In development, he has also consulted for Heinrich Boell Stiftung on Green Deal Nigeria, ONE Campaign, German-Africa Foundation and as a trainer for the United States Mission, Abuja, Nigeria and the West African Civil Society Institute WACSI, Ghana.

JJ was ranked 29th on a list of the 100 Most Influential Black People on Digital/Social Media in April 2014 alongside Barack ObamaBeyonceOprah Winfrey amongst others. In 2012, YNaija named him one of the most influential young Nigerians (in Business, Fashion, Media, Entertainment, Technology and Politics) under 35 and was described as "king of the click."

Omojuwa attended the prestigious King's College and University of Agriculture, AbeokutaOgun State where he studied Agricultural Economics. His tweets via @omojuwa, reach some 10 million people every week.

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