US based journalist, Laolu Akande has been named spokesperson for Nigeria’s Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo. Here are 5 things you should know about the Akande.
- Akande is a Pastor. He became a pastor in 2007 at the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Jesus Friends Assembly in Long Island, New York.
- He is the only Nigerian journalist to have interviewed a sitting American president in the White House. He interviewed George W. Bush.
- He has worked with several Nigerian publications including The Guardian, Nigerian Tribune and The NEWS.
- He moved to the United States in 1997 after agents of then dictator, Sani Abacha, began harassing him over perceived critical stance of his paper (Saturday Tribune) to the administration.
- Akande is an adjunct college professor in the US.