President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Tolu Ogunlesi, as his Special Assistant on Digital and New Media and would be assisted by Bashir Ahmad, who is a Personal Assistant to the President on New Media.
The appointment was announced on Thursday February 18, by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina.
Tolu Ogunlesi who was born in 1982, is a graduate of the University of Ibadan 2004, a renowned blogger and journalist. He also has a Master of Arts (MA) in Creative Writing from University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom in 2011.
He is one of Nigeria’s most active Twitter users, and was a major supporter of Buhari’s election in the 2015 general elections. Before his appointment, Ogunlesi had worked as a Features Editor and Editorial Board member of NEXT Newspaper.He also worked as a West Africa Editor for the Africa Report magazine from 2014 to 2015.
He is the author of a collection of poetry, Listen to the geckos singing from a balcony (Bewrite Books, 2004) and a novella, Conquest & Conviviality (Hodder Murray, 2008).
He was awarded a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg poetry prize in 2007, the Nordic Africa Institute Guest Writer Fellowship award in 2008 and in 2009 a Cadbury Visiting Fellowship by the University of Birmingham.
His fiction and poetry have also been published in The London Magazine, Wasafiri, Farafina, PEN Anthology of New Nigerian Writing, Litro, Brand, Orbis, Nano2ales, Stimulus Respond, Sable, Magma, Stanford’s Black Arts Quarterly and World Literature Today, among others.
Ogunlesi is also a two-time winner of the CNN Multichoice African Journalism Awards, and a 2015 New Media Fellow of the U.S. State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Programme (IVLP).
Meanwhile, the president had on Monday February 15, appointed Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, former member of House of Representatives as his Senior Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora.