By Ademola Adegbamigbe
Senator Babafemi Ojudu, President Muhammadu Buhari’s new Special Adviser on Political Matters, is seen by many as a politician. However, there are other aspects to him. His activism as a journalist and human rights crusader are as massive as his hefty physiognomy.
Ojudu was born on 27 March, 1961 in Ado-Ekiti in Ekiti State to the late Alhaji Afolabi Ojudu and Madam Raliat Boluwade Ojudu. Ojudu was, according the information he provides on his ojudubabafemi.com, educated at Emmanuel Primary School Ado-Ekiti. In 1973, he was admitted into Ado Grammar School also in Ado-Ekiti for his secondary school education. After acquiring his West Africa School Certificate in 1977, he worked briefly as a Clerical Officer in the then Ondo State Ministry of Education. From there, he proceeded to work as a Personnel Clerk at the Federal Mortgage Bank in Lagos.
In 1980, Ojudu was admitted to read English Studies at the then University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University), Ile-Ife, where he graduated in 1984. He did his Youth Service at the Publication Unit of the Faculty of Education, University of Ibadan, Ibadan in 1985. At the completion of his National Youth Service Corps Scheme, he was employed as a staff reporter in the Guardian. This was the formal beginning of his career as a journalist.
Ojudu after his release from detention in 1998
His interest in Journalism could actually be traced back to his days as a secondary school student. Noticing that he was fond of drawing caricatures of his school mates on the classroom board with some critical prose by it, the school principal, Chief Adejuwon, decided to re-channel his energy by buying a shortwave radio for him with the instruction that he should every morning tune to both BBC and VOA. Every morning he would listen to the news …Read More
Source:: PM Newspaper