The Board of AMI has elected Mr. Wale Aboderin as the new Chair of the organisation.
He will be taking over from the maiden chair, Mr. Trevor Ncube, Executive Vice-Chairman of South Africaâ€™s Mail and Guardian, who has steered the organisation since its inception in 2008.
The organisation thanked Ncube and his early co-Chair, Charlayne Hunter-Gault, for the valuable support and guidance of AMI during its formative years.
Aboderin is a Nigerian businessman is the Chairman of PUNCH Newsapers with headquarters in Lagos.
PUNCH publishes three print and two digital newspapers, and runs four major print presses across Nigeria.
Â Aboderin trained as a commercial pilot at the Burnside-Ott Flying School, Florida, United States.
He was appointed chairman of the companyâ€™s board of directors in 2012.
His tenure has witnessed groundbreaking changes in the editorial quality, management and fortunes of PUNCH, including a hugely successful redesign, the launch of several digital initiatives and the newspaperâ€™s win of several local and international awards.
A popular sports enthusiast in Nigeria, Aboderin is the founder and owner of Dolphins Basketball Club, a leading African female basketball club, with local and continental honours.
He is a former chairman of the Lagos State Basketball Association and a former member of the Nigerian Handball Federation.
Â â€œI thankfully accept this role and I believe AMI should help African media bridge the communication gap between policymakers and the citizens to allow for a two-way feedback engagement,â€ Aboderin said.
â€œDuring my tenure I will champion the AMI cause everywhere and ensure that Africans stop being suspicious about homegrown initiatives and support this organisation.â€
Â Mr. Eric Chinje, CEO of the African Media Initiative, stated: â€œWith more than two decades of direct involvement in media, Aboderin brings a wealth of experience to the organization. He will surely help AMI refocus its work around the four major pillars of activity around which a new strategy is being developed: strengthening media capacity (thematic specialisation); content development and promotion; research; and performance incentives for media professionals.â€