Lamide Akintobi is a Nigerian journalist and media personality who was born on August 19, 1987. In an effort to share some of the many African stories she feels the world should be aware of, she is experimenting with documentary filmmaking. She has been named one of the “50 Women Changing Journalism in Nigeria” by the Women in Journalism Organization. She worked as a news anchor for Channels TV and co-hosted and co-created The Spot on EbonyLife TV with Zainab Balogun and Ebuka Obi-Uchendu before the show was cancelled in the middle of 2017.
Early Life and Education
Lamide was born on August 19 in Lagos State to Laolu Akins, a.k.a. Mr. Olaoluwa Akintobi, who is originally from Abeokuta in Ogun State. She completed her basic education there before moving to London to finish her secondary education at Archbishop Michael Ramsey. She then attended Bacon’s College, also in London, for her A-Levels after leaving Nigeria following her third year of secondary school.
She arrived in the country and enrolled at Volunteer State Community College in Tennessee, where she studied broadcast journalism and Spanish and received an AA degree. She also served as a student leader, was a founding member and vice president of the school’s international student association, was a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, and was consistently on the Dean’s List. She volunteered as a tutor and mentor in the after-school program “Children are People” for young black children.
After that, she earned a scholarship to Texas A&M University-Commerce, where she joined the Pi of Texas Honors Society and pledged the community service organization Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. She earned a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism and Spanish from Texas A&M-Commerce (Magna cum laude), and in 2011 she earned an M.A. in International Journalism from City University in London, where she studied as a British Council Chevening Scholar.
She has held positions at Channels Television, Television Continental, and as a news anchor, producer, and reporter. She has also worked as a freelance presenter and producer for Ebonylife TV, a Pan-African Entertainment Network. Up until its finale in mid-2017, she co-created, co-presented, and co-produced “The Spot,” one of the channel’s most well-liked programs. The Calabar Jazz Festival, The Calabar Carnival, With Mikel – an unique docu-reality program on Chelsea F.C player, John Mikel Obi, VVIP, and Travel/Documentary Specials in Rwanda are just a few of the numerous shows she produced and hosted on the channel.
She also chaired and hosted panels where she spoke with and interviewed President Muhammad Buhari, President Goodluck Jonathan, and other senior government figures. She served as the Season 2 host of the Red Media/YNaija TV television program “Church Culture,” which aired on Channels TV. She also worked as a freelance producer for CNN’s Africa Features, creating programmes like “Innovate Africa,” “African Voices,” and “Inside Africa.”
She has also worked on independent shows and documentaries as well as content acquisition for TV stations.
She has also held the position of editor of Diaspora Quarterly, a magazine published quarterly that tells the tales of Nigerians who have left the country and those who have returned and are making a positive impact there. As a proponent of civic engagement, Lamide worked to establish a presence for the service group Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated in West Africa in 2021. She holds the position of Corresponding Secretary and is a founding member of the sorority’s West Africa Alumnae Chapter.
Lamide is a media and presentation coach, a voice-over artist with a focus on IVR, a content consultant, a freelance sub-editor, a panel moderator/event host, and a documentary filmmaker. She enjoys reading, learning new languages (currently Hindi), going on adventures, enjoying good food, traveling, and attending movies.
Her relationship status is unclear, and she keeps her personal life private on social media. She is well-known for being the daughter of renowned producer and musician Laolu Akins from Nigeria.
Awards and Nominations
- She won a Future Award for “On Air Personality of the Year” in 2009.
- “Women in Media” award
- The Ogun State Young Achiever award
- In December 2013, 100 “Guardians of the Future” were named by The Future Africa Project in a ceremony at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
- “One of 50 Women Changing Journalism in Nigeria” by the Women in Journalism Nigeria Organisation in 2015.
Lamide Akintobi’s Net Worth
Her net worth is currently unavailable.