John Momoh

John Momoh

December 30
10:42 2020

John Olatchy Momoh, OON, born July 1st 1957 is the quintessential Broadcast Journalist and highly successful entrepreneur. The Chairman/ Chief Executive Officer of Channels Media Group, indisputably the most successful television station in Nigeria since it’s inception, having won the coveted award of Television Station of the year, thirteen times, cut his teeth in broadcasting at Ogun State Radio. Far from being born with a silver spoon in his mouth, this colossus of the Nigerian media industry who lived in a one room apartment in Surulere with his parents and six other siblings while growing up, attained the dizzy height he now occupies at the very top of the industry by dint of hard work and uncommon vision. Vision can often be ascribed to as the X factor which differentiates those who do well and those who excel. The bold move to establish Channels TV, the first 24 hour television station in Nigeria was a masterstroke.

Born into a Muslim family, he converted to the Christian faith while at St Aquinas Primary school in Surulere. From there, he progressed to Baptist Academy, also in Lagos, for his Secondary School education before pursuing his First Degree program in Mass Communication, at the University of Lagos. He remained at the University of Lagos to embark on his Masters Degree in International Law and Diplomacy.

After a relatively short stint of two years at the Ogun State Radio, he joined the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) before beginning his career in television at the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA). This was where he learned the ropes of television. After several years spent in different roles such as News Anchor, Senior Reporter and Producer, he felt convinced he had garnered enough experience and know-how to exploit the opportunities he had seen in the market and so he left NTA to set up his own media outfit, Channels Television; headquartered in Lagos. He obtained the television licence in 1993 and begun broadcasting in 1995. His station now employs over 400 people not just in Nigeria but across Africa. Over the years, he and his company have won many awards which include; The Nigerian Media Merit Award for the “News Anchor of the Year”; the Nigerian Union of Journalists Award for “Newscaster of the Year”; The Constituency for Africa Award for Excellence in Broadcasting (Washington DC, USA); Planet Africa Award for “Entrepreneurship”, Canada and the African Achievement Award

An awardee of four honorary Doctorate Degrees by Nigerian universities, he has won the following too; The National Productivity Order of Merit Award; Lifetime Achievement Award  by the Nigerian Information Society; Entrepreneur of the Year by the Fate Foundation; Nigeria.Distinguished Alumni Award from the Lagos Business School; ZIK Award for Entrepreneurship; Entrepreneur of the Year Award by the Institute of Directors and the Nigeria Entrepreneur of the Award by Euro knowledge. To crown it all, he has also been decorated with the National Honour of “Officer of the Order of the Niger” (OON).

Mr Momoh is an alumnus of the prestigious Harvard Business School and the Lagos Business School. He is the President of the University of Lagos Alumni Association Worldwide and also the immediate past President of the Chevening Alumni Association of Nigeria (CAAN). Bringing his vast experience to bear, he also serves as a member of the Governing Councils of both the University of Lagos and Elizade University. He’s a fellow of several professional bodies which includes the Nigerian Guild of Editors.
In recognition of his towering stature in his chosen industry, he’s also the immediate past Chairman of the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON). This made him the first private broadcaster to ever be chosen to head the organisation.

International recognition has poured in too. He is a member of the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences based in New York, and he has served as a juror for the International Emmy Awards. He is also a Red Cross ambassador.

Celebrated for his tireless philanthropy and eagerness to always give back to society, his Channels Academy has won a special place in the hearts of numerous individuals in the media industry who have benefited from the free training it provides in various aspects of media, from journalism to production.

This native of Edo State but born and thoroughly bred in Lagos ace broadcaster and entrepreneur has over the years, fully established himself as a Lagos Legend.

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  1. Al-Fred
    Al-Fred January 04, 01:34

    2023 Politics—The Case For A Senator From Old Obubra.

    The Central Senatorial District in Cross River State is comprised of Abi, Boki, Etung, Ikom , Obubra and Yakurr local government areas. And in the district’s politics three things are cast stone, the power bloc of Boki, Etung and Ikom sit-tight on the Senatorial slot, the absence of equity, fairness and inclusiveness, and the failure of power rotation among the other power blocs of Abi, Obubra and Yakurr referred herein as the Old Obubra in the Central Senatorial District.

    It is on this premise that you don’t have to be surprised that conversations, in this respect, that should come up in 2023 has rather come upon us in 2020, and has found a home on some quarters in the media. Moreso, a segment of politicians from the Ikom, Etung and Boki power bloc are currently in the thick forest of desperate politicking cutting out woods with which the polity will be cooked to dish out the Old Obubra.

    The pertinent question here is, why has the Old Obubra politicians allowed themselves to be continually left out of the Senatorial slot over the years? Is Abi, Obubra and Yakurr devoid of competent and sincere men and women to become senators?

    The situation is essentially a style of bondage and marginalization that has shackled and subjugated the people of Old Obubra. The truth is that the socio-political realities and the legitimate aspirations of the different communities that are congregated to constitute the Central Senatorial District have been hijacked by a privilege few in and out of the Old Obubra extraction. The government in Calabar which was supposed to be a people- oriented agency, has rather assumed the status of a patronizing feudal over-lord , and had deliberately rendered the Old Obubra politically redundant and barren in this regard.

    And, the situation is worse now, that the legislators in Abuja are pushing for the emergence of a new crop of leadership that will replace the one in the state to perpetually relegate the old Obubra to the background.

    It is this aberration that this write up and the platform “OYA” an acronym for Obubra, Yakurr, and Abi seeks to remedy, by making a case for a Senator from Old Obubra come 2023. It is time for the Senatorial slot for the district to shift to Old Obubra. Since the return of civil rule in 1999 , nobody from the old Obubra has ever been elected Senator of the Central Senatorial District. Past Senators ranging from M. T . Mbu Jnr, Victor Ndoma-Egba, John Owan Enoh to Sandy Enor, the incumbent alternate between Boki , Ikom and Etung respectively. We believe it is time the Senatorial slot must shift to old Obubra to compensate the people for the years of loss.

    If we really want to refer to Cross River State including the Central Senatorial District as politically United after 21 years of civil rule, then someone from the old Obubra must be elected Senator come 2023. This advocacy is right on point. It may look like playing to the gallery, call it anything you want, but this is the truth.

    Yes, they are those who do not believe in power shift. Their main argument has always been that whoever becomes the Senator should be mainly on the basis of competence and merit regardless of the area the person comes from. They claim there is nothing like zoning or power shift in the Constitution which , in theory, is correct as far as the Nigeria 1999 constitution is concerned. However, in reality, those in the political class, in view of the heterogeneous nature of their districts and plurality of tribes and languages have always designed a way, though unwritten, to ensure that power moves between the southern and northern poles of their areas.

    Likewise, political operators in the state and the federation have imbibed the culture of power rotation among the power blocs along north and south to allow for equity, fairness, inclusiveness, and to eliminate tribal and ethnic distrust which could sharpen tension and crisis if not well managed. There is no area that is devoid of competent men and women who can become senators or governor as the case may be.

    Sadly, the twin reasons of greed and fear ,on the part of politicians of the old Obubra, have been the primary cause of the long delay to have one of us at the Senate. Efforts made in the past are usually sabotage by enemies within the old Obubra. Greed on the part of the corrupt vested interest in corridors of power who profit from our flawed political system, and an irrational fear on the part of our self appointed praetorian guard who imagined that if not them, the emergence of another individual from the old Obubra extraction could lead to their relegation in the political landscape.

    What this group seem not to appreciate is that nothing threatens our political well being today, more than our continues subjugation and relegation by other power blocs, which has for over 20 years made us servants of the Ikom and Etung champions, and has consequently ensured the widening of our fault lines and progress as a people, as examplified by the growing lack of political understanding and cohesion to have a Senator since 1999.

    It is our humble submission that the stated points are the reason why we would gladly support and urge the re-start of the conversation for a senator from old Obubra come 2023. This is a necessary course of action, if we are to emancipate ourselves from this political isolation or quarantine. It is also submitted that the shift of the senatorial slot in 2023 to old Obubra will signal the rebirth of the Central Senatorial District , resolve most of the socio-political differences that have covertly and overtly weakened our political strength.

    Wilfred Okoi Esq

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