Olusegun Osoba

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Segun Osoba
Executive Governor of Ogun State
In office
January 1992 – November 1993
Preceded by Oladeinde Joseph
Succeeded by Daniel Akintonde
Executive Governor of Ogun State
In office
29 May 1999 – 29 May 2003
Preceded by Kayode Olofin-Moyin
Succeeded by Otunba Gbenga Daniel
Personal details
Born 15 July 1939

Chief Olusegun Osoba is a Nigerian Journalist and Politician.

Early life[edit]

Chief Olusegun Osoba, the Akinrogun of Egbaland and Aremo Awujale of Ijebuland, was born on 15 July 1939 at an Egba settlement in Osogbo called Egbatedo to Pa and Madam Jonathan Babatunde Osoba of blessed Memory.


A thorough bred Journalist, he attended a series of professional courses after his High school graduation from Methodist Boys High School Lagos. He obtained a Diploma in Journalism at the University of Lagos[1] under the sponsorship of the International Press Institute in 1965 and went for one year course in the United Kingdom on the scholarship of the Commonwealth Press Union in 1967. Part of the program was at Oxford University, Oxford, United Kingdom, Chief Osoba was in Bloomington USA at the Indiana University's Department of Journalism in 1969. In 1974 he won the Nieman Fellowship Award for journalism for years postgraduate study at Harvard University Cambridge, Massachusetts,USA. He is the first Nigerian to have won this prestigious Nieman Fellowship for Journalism.[2][3]

Political career[edit]

He was elected on two different occasions as Governor of Ogun State first from January 1992 until November 1993 on the platform of Social Democratic Party (SDP). He and others were removed from office by the administration of General Sani Abacha on 17 November 1993. After the return to democracy in 1999, he was elected again as governor on the platform of Alliance for Democracy (AD), holding office between May 1999 and May 2003.

Since the completion of his second tern as Governor in 2003, he has come to be referred to in the Nigerian popular press as Aremo due to his holding of the aristocratic title of Aremo Awujale of the Ijebus, though he also serves as a Akinrogun of Egba as well.[citation needed]


Segun Osoba started his career in journalism in the 1960s, rising through the ranks to become Editor and Managing Director of the Daily Times of Nigeria. He has the singular honour of being the turn around media guru having attained the height of turning around three major newspapers from losses to profitability; such as The Nigerian Herald Ilorin 1974-1977, The Sketch in Ibadan 1979-1983 and The Daily Times Group 1984.1989.[4] Internationally, he worked as stringer or local correspondent for the following organizations:- The British Broadcasting Corporation(BBC),The Times of London,Newsweek Magazine, U.S.A,United Press International News Agency(UPI). He was the chairman of the Governing Board of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism and Member of the Executive Board of the International Press Institute representing Black-Africa from 1984-1992. He was a member of the Nigerian Constituent Assembly in 1988.He is also member of the Commonwealth Press Union, London and the Nigerian union of Journalist(NUJ). He holds the National Honours of the Commander of the Order of the Niger CON. He is a member of the National Conference 2014.

Personal life[edit]

Married to Beere Aderinsola and blessed with four children, two boys and two girls Kemi, Olumide, Oluyinka and Tobi.[2]


  1. ^ Ebenezer Babatope (August 1, 2014). "Segun Osoba at 75". Nigerian Tribune. Retrieved March 29, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Osoba at 66: Still a progressive". The Nation. July 15, 2007. Retrieved March 29, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Nigeria States". World Statesmen. Retrieved 2010-01-16. 
  4. ^ Jonathan Elendu (15 July 2006). "Toast to Segun Osoba". Jonathan Elendu. Retrieved 2010-01-16.