Pastor Laolu Akande is the spokesperson to the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo. Alot of Nigerians know nothing about this US-based Nigerian pedigree.
In view of this, we’ve compiled 5 things you should know about him:
1. Akande reportedly moved to the US due to harassment induced under the administration of late dictator, Sani Abacha.
2. Before relocating to the United States in 1998, Akande worked with The Guardian, The News Magazine and Nigerian Tribune.
3. Akande is the longest serving African correspondent at the United Nations, where he worked as a Press Officer and later as Advocacy Consultant between 2002-2004.
4. Akande is reputed as the only Nigerian journalist to have interviewed a sitting American president in the White House when he interviewed former President George W. Bush. He has also exclusively interviewed General Colin Powell, billionaires like Microsoft founder Bill Gates and Donald Trump and several African leaders and presidents.
5. He has worked with leading American newspapers including the Philadelphia Inquirer, and New York Newsday.
6. He became a pastor in 2007 at the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Jesus Friends Assembly in Long Island, New York.