Meet Dele Momodu: The Multifaceted Nigerian Journalist, Publisher, and Businessman

Dele Momodu is a distinguished Nigerian journalist, publisher, businessman, and motivational speaker, widely recognized for his contributions to media and public discourse.

As the CEO and publisher of Ovation International, a magazine that showcases prominent personalities primarily from Africa, Momodu has made significant strides in journalism and beyond.

Here are key insights into his life and career:

1. Early Life and Education

Born on May 16, 1960, into the extended royal family of Oba Momodu II in the Etsako-West division of Edo State, Nigeria, Dele Momodu’s roots are deeply tied to tradition and culture. He pursued higher education at the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University of Ife), graduating in 1982 with a degree in Yoruba Language. He further obtained a Master’s degree in English Literature in 1988.

2. Academic and Honorary Recognitions

On July 30, 2016, Momodu was honored with an honorary doctorate degree (PhD) from the University of Professional Studies in Accra, Ghana, receiving the title “Doctor of Humane Letters.”

3. Early Career

From 1983 to 1985, Momodu served as the personal secretary to Chief Akin Omoboriowo, the former Deputy Governor of Ondo State. In 1986, he took on the role of ambassador to the King of Ife, Okunade Sijuwade Olubuse II, managing the Royal Motel Ltd. owned by the monarch. After resigning from this position, he pursued further studies in English Literature.

4. Entry into Journalism

Dele Momodu began his journalism career in May 1988 as a staff writer for African Concord magazine, owned by Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola. He contributed to various other publications, including National Concord, Sunday Concord, Business Concord, and the Yoruba newspaper Isokan.

5. Ovation International and Other Ventures

In 1996, Momodu launched Ovation International, a magazine that has provided a platform for showcasing African excellence globally. In 2015, he expanded his media empire by launching Ovation TV and an online newspaper called The Boss Newspapers.

6. Awards and Honors

Throughout his career, Momodu has received numerous awards and honors across diverse fields such as business, politics, literature, music, and fashion, reflecting his versatile influence and achievements.

7. Pendulum Column

Momodu writes a weekly column titled “Pendulum,” published every Saturday on the back page of Thisday newspaper. The column is renowned for addressing Nigeria’s pressing issues, discussing current events, and profiling notable figures with a blend of debate and criticism.

8. Political Ambitions

In February 2022, Dele Momodu announced his intention to run for the presidency of Nigeria under the platform of the main opposition party, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), showcasing his ongoing commitment to shaping Nigeria’s future.

Dele Momodu’s journey from a royal family background to becoming a prominent media mogul and political aspirant highlights his dedication to influencing positive change in Nigeria and beyond. His work continues to inspire many in the realms of journalism, business, and public service.

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Photo of Dele Momodu and his family 

Dele is married to his wife, Mobolaji Abiodun Momodu. They have four children: Pekan, Yole, Eniafe and Korewa.

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