KAYODE SOYINKA

KAYODE SOYINKA: Renowned Nigerian journalist and publisher, is the Founder/Publisher and CEO of the Africa Today Group. He is in his 41st year in the newspaper industry having started his eventful journalism career as a cub reporter with the Daily Sketch in Ibadan in 1976. During the past 41 years, he was for 17 years (1978-1995) a foreign correspondent based in London. During this period he worked as London Correspondent for the Sketch and Concord newspapers, and was General Editor of the pan-African newsmagazine Africa Now, published by the legendary editor Peter Enahoro. He was also for 10 years the London Bureau Chief for Newswatch. During his years as a London correspondent, he achieved a reputation as a versatile investigative journalist, breaking several important stories. He also covered several international conferences and summits of world leaders in Europe, the USA, Africa and the Commonwealth. Kayode Soyinka is particularly famous for being the survivor of the letter-bomb blast of October 19, 1986, in Lagos, which, under the General Ibrahim Babangida regime, killed the seasoned journalist and pioneer Editor-in-Chief of Newswatch, Dele Giwa. Soyinka, in 1995, drew upon his wide experience and contacts to start Africa Today, the pan-African news magazine, which is now one of Africa’s most influential news magazines on newsstands in over 90 countries around the world, where he is Publisher and Editor-in-Chief. He is also the author of Diplomatic Baggage: Mossad & Nigeria - The Dikko Story, an analysis of the 1984 kidnap of Nigerian former exiled politician, Dr Umaru Dikko, which he says was the most sensational event of Nigerian interest in his long London career. Educated at the famous Baptist Boys’ High School (BBHS), Abeokuta, he has a degree in International Relations (1987); and an MA in International Journalism from City, University of London (1989). He was in 1979 made an Honorary Harry Brittain Fellow of the Commonwealth Press Union (CPU); a Visiting Scholar at Wolfson College, Cambridge University (1990); and a 21st Century Trust Fellow (1991). He is one of the longest-serving members of The Round Table Moot - the Commonwealth Think-Tank that also serves as the Editorial Board of the Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs. Founded in 1910, The Round Table is Britain's oldest international affairs journal. Kayode Soyinka was in 2014 elected as a member of the Board of Trustees of The Round Table. He was also one-time (for three years) Chairperson of the London Management Committee of the Commonwealth Journalists Association (CJA). He was also a trustee of the Commonwealth Journalists Association, and represented the CJA on the board of the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI). He was also a three-time governorship aspirant in Ogun State under the Alliance for Democracy (AD) in 2003, the Action Congress (AC) in 2007, and Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) in 2011. Soyinka is a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ogun State.