THISDAY is published by Leaders and Company Limited. It hit newsstands on January 22, 1995 and quickly carved out a niche for itself in business and political reporting and for breaking big news stories. It soon became Nigeria's newspaper of record.
In its first years of publication, THISDAY won the Newspaper of the Year Award for three consecutive years. In 1997 THISDAY also became the first Nigerian newspaper to introduce full colour printing. It now has printing plants in Lagos, Abuja and in the Niger Delta.
Where we are...
Today THISDAY remains the preferred newspaper among the business, political and diplomatic elite, and is easily the most recognisable and influential national media brand globally. It is also the corporate and political advertiser’s first choice. THISDAY is the only high profile newspaper that appeals to both young and old because of its straightforward news reporting, strong editorial content, lifestyle features and business coverage.
THISDAY breaks the news first: from the story of the first arrests over the 1995 coup which lead to the imprisonment of Olusegun Obasanjo and the late Shehu Musa Yar’Adua; the death of Nigeria’s first president, Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe, which all other media missed; to the newspaper’s exclusive on the recovery of the Abacha billions and several more, day after day. In line with its avowed commitment to democracy, THISDAY was at the forefront of the battle against dictatorial military rule for which its reporters were invariably detained and harassed. The Chairman and Editor-in-Chief was detained in 1997 at the Department of Military Intelligence (DMI) for seven days under Abacha. The Chairman later went into self-exile.
For many Nigerians, if the news is not in THISDAY, then it is not credible.
THISDAY is an agent of change and innovation within the industry and many of its ‘firsts’ are serially copied by others, such as the back page sports with advertising and back page opinions, an all-gloss Sunday magazine and wraparounds.
Most recently, THISDAY launched ARISE, the global style and culture magazine. The debut issue was given away at THISDAY's Africa Rising concert at London's Royal Albert Hall in October 2008 and was so well received that the second issue officially launched on newsstands in February 2009. It is now sold in several countries around the world.
The company’s major events centre, the THISDAY DOME in Abuja’s Central Business District, is where the annual THISDAY Awards for Excellence are held and also plays host to several events for the Nigerian society and intelligencia.
The THISDAY Annual Awards for Excellence has attracted several world leaders and statesmen including former US Presidents, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, former Mexican President, Vicente Fox and former UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan. It has also hosted the former United Kingdom Prime Ministers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown along with former Prime Minister of Australia, John Howard. Former US Secretaries of State Condoleezza Rice, Henry Kissinger and General Colin Powell have also participated along with other international dignitaries including the former German Chancellor, Gerhard Schroeder, the former Prime Minister of France, Dominique de Villepin, former Irish Prime Minister, Bertie Ahern and Harvard Professor Larry Summers, a former Economic Adviser to President Obama, former World Bank President James Wolfhensoln and Steve Forbes, the publisher of Forbes magazine. Other keynote speakers have included prominent Washington insiders and analysts, like Andrew Card, William Kristol, Karl Rove, Paul Begala, Howard Dean, Donna Brazille, and Paula Zahn.
Through its publications, business events, cultural showcases and festivals, THISDAY is a player on the global stage by bringing the world to Nigeria and taking Nigeria to the world.
Where we are headed...
THISDAY believes in its editorial values and is fast becoming a global media player pursuing, with vigour its vision of the world seen from an African perspective.
Chairman / Chief Executive Officer / Editor-in-Chief
THISDAY Editor-in-Chief and Chairman Nduka Obaigbena, attended the prestigious Edo College, Benin City, and the University of Benin where he took an honours degree in Creative Arts. He has since attended several professional and management courses in Nigeria, the United Kingdom and the United States. He also attended the Graduate School of Business at the University of Witswatersrand and the University of Cape Town, South Africa for an Advanced Management programme. Obaigbena started his journalism career at the Nigerian Observer in 1978 as a satirist, writer and cartoonist, and later became co-ordinating Editor of The Dawn monthly magazine. He later left for the UK where he worked with advertising agency NAL even while he was a media specialist consultant with Michael Jarvis and Partners. He had a brief stint with Newsweek Magazine in 1984 as a Special Section Representative before moving over the same year to TIME Magazine where he helped develop Special Surveys and Country Sections. He was later appointed TIME Magazine Representative for English-speaking sub-Saharan Africa. He developed several Country Sections for TIME Magazine in Nigeria, Kenya, Morocco and Zimbabwe during this time. He became founding Editor-in-Chief of THISWEEK magazine in 1987 and in 1991 ran for the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. In 1994, he was elected a member of the Constitutional Conference, which drafted the current Nigerian Constitution. He founded LEADERS & COMPANY LTD., publishers of THISDAY Newspapers in 1995. In 1990, Obaigbena played a crucial role in events leading up to the privatisation of the Nigerian National Shipping Lines, and the commercialisation of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (including the Voice of Nigeria, VON). He was appointed a member of the Delta State Government Think -Tank that wrote the blueprint for the economic revitalisation of Delta State (The Niger Delta) where most of Nigeria’s oil is produced. He was Convener of the Nigeria Investment Summit along with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank (Programme of Seminars) in 1997 and 1999 in Washington, DC. Obaigbena has been a keynote speaker at several national and international fora, including the World Bank and IMF-sponsored Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper Conferences in Dakar, Senegal and Washington DC. In 2002, he was appointed Chairman of Cross Debts Sub-Committee on 20 Federal Government agencies being prepared for privatisation, including the National Power Company, Nigerian Electric Power Authority, Benue Cement Company, Gboko, Sokoto Cement Company and the Nigerian Cement Company, Nkalagu among several others. He then worked with the main committee in creating a Cross Debt Matrix for all Federal Government agencies, including the National Oil Company, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and several oil majors. He was also a member of the Ministerial Committee on Aviation. He has founded several cultural initiatives around the world including the THISDAY Music and Fashion Festival, now in its 4th year, The African Fashion Collective of the New York Fashion Week, as well as in London, Paris and Milan Fashion Week. He recently founded ARISE Magazine, an African culture and style magazine, sold in 150 countries. The magazine has just hosted The ARISE AFRICA FASHION week in Johannesburg, South Africa. Obaigbena is also founder of THISDAY Awards now in its 15th year, showcasing the best and the brightest of corporate Nigeria, while promoting good governance. In 2007, he hosted a ‘Nigeria Meets the World’ summit in New York with several governmental leaders including President Umaru Musa Yar’adua meeting with opinion leaders from around the world. A highly respected media mogul, Obaigbena was co-chair of Africa Media Leaders Summit in Dakar, Senegal last year and is a member of the Nominating Committee of the Young Global Leaders Forum in Davos, Switzerland where he regularly attends and moderates sessions with world leaders for the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland; Dalian, China; and Cape Town, South Africa. He serves on several international boards and committees including The Cecelia Attias Foundation for Women founded by the former first lady of France to assist women foundations around the world. Obaigbena is chairman of THISDAY Group and Publisher of ARISE Magazine. He is also publisher of AFRICAN MARKETS magazine – an IMF/WORLD BANK Annual Meetings publication. He is a collector of fine art and a public affairs commentator.
Managing Director / Chief Operating Officer
Eniola Bello is Managing Director, THISDAY Newspapers, Lagos. He joined Leaders & Company Ltd., a month after it launched THISDAY in January 1995. He brought to THISDAY varied experiences from Vanguard Newspapers (1991-1992), African Concord(1992-1994) and PMNews (1994-1995). Bello has at various times been THISDAY's Deputy Editor, Editor Saturday, Editor Sunday and Editor Daily. He was the first to edit all the titles in the stable and was appointed MD in Dec. 2005. Born July 21, 1964 in Ayetoro Gbede, Kogi State, Bello read English at the University of Ilorin, Nigeria(1985-1988), attended Times Journalism Institute, Lagos for a PGD in Journalism(1990) and later completed a Masters in English Language at the University of Lagos, Nigeria(1993). Popularly known as Eni-B after his column of the same name, Bello has also attended an Executive programme at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, San Francisco, United States as well as Print Media Academy Summer University, Heidelberg, Germany. A Fellow of the Foreign Press Centre, Japan, Bello has participated in several conferences and seminars. He was a member of the Nigerian Government Vision 20:2020. He is also a member of Nigeria Institute of Management, Nigeria Institute of Public Relations, Nigeria Union of Journalists, and Nigeria Guild of Editors. He is married to Helen Olufunke and has four children.
Deputy Managing Director
Kayode Komolafe joined THISDAY in 2001 as a member of the Editorial Board, having practiced journalism at The Guardian, The News and Concord. A graduate of the University of Calabar, he also attended the International Institute of Journalism in Berlin. In the course of a career spanning 26 years, Komolafe has participated in numerous international conferences on journalism, labour, democracy and development. He also attended a Leadership and Simulation programme at J. Mac Robinson College of Business, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA. He is a member of the Nigerian Union of Journalists, of which he was a member of the National Executive Council, and the Nigerian Guild of Editors. He writes a column, The Horizon, with leftist convictions.
WADA A. MAIDA
Non Executive Director
Alhaji Wada Maida served as Chief Press Secretary to General Muhammadu Buhari when he was Nigeria's Head of State. Following that he was appointed Managing Director of the News Agency of Nigeria. A position he held for several years. Alhaji Maida, former President of the Nigerian Guild of Editors is now actively engaged in publishing. He is a founding investor in Daily Trust Newspapers, and a founder of the Peoples Daily Newspaper.
Ms Nwogwugwu was able to bring two decades of valuable experience to her job as Editor of THISDAY. Her background embraces the private and public sectors as a banker, financial analyst, business strategist, and journalist. In addition to her degree in Accounting from the University of Lagos, she has a post-graduate diploma in International Housing Finance from the Wharton Business School, Pennsylvania, USA. She has also attended several management and professional training programmes in Nigeria, Europe and the United States. She is a member of the Nigerian Union of Journalist, the Nigerian Guild of Editors, and has sat on the board of the Nigerian Security Printing and Minting Company, Daily Times of Nigeria Plc and the National Hospital Abuja. Ms Nwogwugwu is an avid music and literary enthusiast.
Editor, THISDAY on Sunday
Tunde Rahman has a journalistic background that spans over two decades. He has a first degree in Political Science from the University of Ilorin, Kwara State, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Journalism from the Nigeria Institute of Journalism (NIJ), Ogba, Ikeja and a Masters in Communication Studies from the Lagos State University (LASU), Ojo, Lagos. Rahman has also attended courses in Economics and Financial Appreciation at the Lagos Business School.
Rahman began his journalistic career in 1989 at the now defunct Lagos Horizon Newspaper, where he held the position of Political Correspondent. In 1991, Rahman became Nigeria's Correspondent of Tehran Times International before moving to the old Daily Times as Political Correspondent, followed by Deputy Political Editor, Abuja and finally as Group Political Editor.
He joined the Punch Newspaper as Deputy News Editor, Abuja Bureau Editor; and later became Group News Editor. Rahman joined THISDAY in 2004 as Deputy Editor, the Sunday Newspaper, during which he pioneered CICERO, the political arm of the newspaper, from where he rose to become the Deputy Editor, THISDAY and Editor, THISDAY Saturday.. He is now Editor, THISDAY Sunday.
Rahman is widely travelled and has attended many media conferences and events around the world, including Asia, Europe and the US. Rahman has also been part of Nigeria's Press delegation to India, China, Turkey and United States of America. In 2008, he chaired a summit of India-Africa Editors in New Delhi, India and in 2009; he also participated in the World Media Summit in Beijing, China. Rahman hails from Iwo in Osun State, Nigeria. He is married and has three children.
Editor STYLE Magazine
Ruth Osime joined THISDAY Newspapers 10 years ago as Project Manager. In 2003 she moved to the Saturday Desk as the Style Editor while she wrote her hugely popular column, 'Truth by Ruth' for the Sunday desk. In 2005 a newly packaged Sunday paper was launched with a 24-page Style glossy pullout. Today it has become the 'fashion and society bible'. Fondly called the 'his and hers' Sunday edition, Style is one of the most widely read colour supplements in Nigeria and shows every sign of continuing its well deserved success.
Group Executive Director
Israel Iwegbu joined Leaders and Company before THISDAY was launched in 1995, and, is presently Group Executive Director. He was at various times the Newspapers’ Circulation/Sales Manager; General Manager, Operations; Associate Director and Divisional Director, Advertising and Sales. Israel was appointed Divisional Director, Operations in 2006.
Iwegbu is an alumnus of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and holds a B.Sc. degree in Political Science. He has attended several Management and Professional Courses in Nigeria, South Africa and United States of America. Iwegbu, a hockey enthusiast, is married with children.
Efeni joined THISDAY as Assistant Editor in 1996, where he has over the years, distinguished himself across the newspaper title. He has at various times worked as Features Editor, Deputy Editor, Editor of THISDAY, The Sunday Newspaper and The Saturday Newspaper, Editor, e-Publishing (later promoted to the position of Associate Director). Efeni was promoted onto the Editorial Board, swiftly becoming THISDAY's Director of Operations, Director of Newspaper Sales & Distribution and Director of Administration & Human Resources. A graduate of the University of Calabar, in Cross River State, Nigeria, Efeni began his journalism career at The Guardian in 1991. He has attended several professional and management training courses in Nigeria and abroad including the Executive Management programme of the prestigious Howard University Graduate School of Business, Washington, DC. A fellow of The Leadership Institute, Arlington, Virginia, USA, he is also a member of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) and the Nigeria Guild of Editors. Efeni is married with children.
Director Corporate Services
Gbayode Somuyiwa brings to his job as Director, Corporate Services of Leaders & Company Ltd., 28 years experience as a communications strategist, administrator, events manager and legal practitioner. He trained at the University of Lagos, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife and Lagos State University for his first, Masters and LL.B degrees. He has attended several management and professional training courses in Nigeria, South Africa, Canada, Europe and the UK. He is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association, International Bar Association, Lawyers in the Media, Nigerian Institute of Public Relations and a registered Advertising Practitioner. His experience spans both the public and private sectors. He has a passion for the environment and wildlife and is a golf enthusiast. Somuyiwa is happily married.
Associate Director, Finance
Peter Iwegbu graduated with BSc in Accounting from the University of Lagos, and a Masters In Business Administration majoring in Finance from the Lagos State University. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1989 and was admitted to the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ACA) in 1990. He worked with various other companies before joining the employment of Leaders & Company Ltd as Internal Auditor in 1995. His career spans over 20 years and he has attended many courses both locally and Internationally. He is married with children.
International Vice President
GETENESH “GETTY” GIZAW has built a career from her passion for promoting Africa to the global markets. As International Vice President of THISDAY/Leaders & Company Ltd, she manages a multi-million dollar budget and oversees global operations, marketing and sales, event productions, talent management, brand, strategic development and partnerships. Gizaw's many high-visibility projects and assignments have taken her across the world on behalf of the company as she oversees the production of the company’s events across 3 continents.
Gizaw began her career independently, founding her firm, G2 Media, Inc., ten years ago. G2 has provided global strategic marketing, management, public relations and event production services to clients as varied as Clear Channel, the U.S.’s largest radio conglomerate, the United Nations, the South African Broadcasting Corporation and other corporations and nongovernmental organizations as well as celebrities, restaurant groups and various national tourism authorities in Africa and the Caribbean. A native of Ethiopia, Gizaw graduated magna cum laude from Long Island University and from Harvard Business School.
THISDAYLIVE ONLINE GROUP
Acting Online Editor
DANBOYI VICTOR OJOGUN
Danboyi Victor Ojogun is the Technical Director, e-Business and Headof ICT. Ojogun joined THISDAY in August 21, 2001 as an IT Trainee and was immediately drafted as a Network Administrator. He was promoted to the position of Head of IT after two years. He obtained his Bachelor of Technology (Physics with Computer Science) from the FederalUniversity of Technology, Minna, Niger State, Nigeria. He has attended various professional and management courses as well as intensive in-house training. Ojogun was a key member of the team that developed and built the thisdayonline.com website. He has assembled formidable IT team and created various files transfer models to support THISDAY’s use of satellite - enabled network for simultaneous printing from three locations across Nigeria. He is happily married.
Fred Ojeh is a graduate of Computer Science from the prestigious Yaba College of Technology (Yaba Tech), Lagos State. He joined THISDAY Newspaper in 2004 as a Webmaster and ever since has undergone intensive in-house training and also attended several professional and management courses at The Pan-African University, The International Council of eCommerce Consultants (EC-Council) and several other institutions. He was also a member of the team that developed and built the thisdayonline.com website. Ojeh is happily married with children..