An eminent academic, consummate professional and all-round gentleman, a substantial part of Dr. Adeolu Akande’s 54 years on Earth has been in the service of Nigeria and her people – as a resourceful journalist, a teacher and top-level public servant.
Akande is a Professor of Comparative Politics and Political Communication at the Igbinedion University, Okada, Edo State where he also serves as the Director of the Centre for Presidential Studies. He attended Anwar-ul-Islam High School, Iseyin and the Oyo State College of Arts and Science, Ile-Ife before reading Political Science at the University of Ibadan.
He obtained his B.SC, M.SC and PhD in the course at Nigeria’s premier university where he also worked as a lecturer. He left indelible footprints in Nigeria’s vibrant newspaper industry as Regional Editor, Southwest of the Punch Newspapers; Deputy Editor/Acting Editor, Sunday Tribune, and Editor-in-Chief of the pro-democracy magazine, Omega Weekly.
Beyond his journalism and academia credentials, Akande served as Deputy Chief Press Secretary and later as Special Assistant, Research and Communications Strategy to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. He was also Chief of Staff to the Governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi.
Among his other initiatives and affiliations, Akande is the founder of the Adeolu Akande Foundation – a non-profit organization with the vision of interventions based on promoting the dignity of the individual; rather than give philanthropy away, the foundation invests in people through scholarships, seed funding, youth empowerment and skills acquisition.
Akande is also a Law Graduate of the Igbinedion University, Okada.
The Captioned Photo: TheChairman of the Board of Commissioners of the Nigerian Communications Commission, (NCC), Adeolu Akande, PhD.