Full Name: Japheth Joshua Omojuwa
Born: 3 October 1984
Birth place: Lagos, Lagos State, Nigeria
Education: Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB)
Famous as: Media entrepreneur, public speaker, author, social media influencer.
The leadership of the African Union invited Omojuwa in 2014 to be part of the Africa Re-imagination Creative Hub (ARCH) to fashion an agenda for Africa 2063 project.
He participated as a panelist at a side event during the 2013 United Nations General Assembly in New York City where he spoke on the need to use data and facts as tools in activism and policy making.
His pieces have appeared on several online and print mediums including Metropole Magazine, Opinion Nigeria, Sahara Reporters, BBC, The Financial Times, ThisDay and Naij.
His works have been repeatedly translated into several languages, including various platforms for German, French, Portuguese and Greek audiences.
In 2019 Japheth Omojuwa published his critical acclaimed book Digital: The New Code of Wealth.
Japheth Omojuwa was involved in a protracted battle with Arik Air after losing an iPad while onboard one of its domestic flights in July 2012.
This culminated in a breakdown of agreement between the two parties, with him claiming Arik was high-handed and careless while Arik maintained that the matter be settled as quietly as possible.
Soon, himself and 26 others were banned from flying on Arik Air aircraft in September of that year, a decision that was later rescinded when, about twenty-four hours after the list was released, the airline’s website was hacked, with rumours flying around that pro-Omojuwa techies were the perpetrators or that he was personally involved, an allegation he denied. In addition, a new iPad was purchased for Omojuwa.
On 4 March 2017 South African border police authorities held Japheth Omojuwa alongside a Nigerian student for several hours before releasing after intervention from Nigerian authorities.
In a tweet on his popular Twitter handle @Omojuwa he listed his crime to be South African border officials are holding me because of my Nigerian passport’.
In February 2016, Japheth Omojuwa delved into an intense controversy with Ben Bruce on Twitter when the latter criticized President Buhari for his statement about Nigeria’s being unwelcome in Britain because of crime.
Awards and recognitions
In 2012, YNaija named him one of the most influential young Nigerians under 35 in Business, Fashion, Media, Entertainment, Technology and Politics, with writer Ifreke Inyang describing him in particular as “king of the click.”
Japheth Omojuwa was named by Credit Suisse Bulletin as one of the 50 Movers and Shakers of Africa in 2015.
In June 2016, Japheth Omojuwa was named the Best Twitter Personality Of The Year in the annual African Bloggers Awards.
The 2016 African Bloggers Awards were sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
International Visitors Leadership Programme
In August 2016, Japheth Omojuwa successfully completed the International Visitor Leadership Programme (IVLP) in the United States.
The International Visitors Leadership Programme, which started in 1940, is a professional exchange program funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and boasts of 35 current and 300 former Chiefs of State or Heads of Government as alumni.
Japheth Omojuwa Endorsements
In August 2016, global Cognac brand Rémy Martin unveiled Omojuwa as a brand influencer for its One Life/Live Them campaign in Nigeria in recognition of his status as a Public speaker, Political expert, Ideologist and Mastermind.