According to the Nigeria’s Premium Times, Tolu Ogunlesi has been appointed to a specially-created government role.
Tolu, a journalist, poet, photographer and fiction writer of great esteem, has been named Special Assistant on New Media by the country’s new president, Buhari.
The report in the Premium Times says,
“Officials at the presidency told Preium Times that Ogunlesi has undergone security screening and his appointment is to be announced in the coming days.
Ogunlesi is one of Nigeria’s most active Twitter users, and was clearly in favour of Buhari’s election in the 2015 general elections.
He will be the Buhari administration’s social media anchor, a role played by Reno Omokri for former President Goodluck Jonathan.
Tolu, is 33 years old and initially trained as a pharmacist. He now works as a freelance journalist, writing for a variety of Nigerian Newspapers including Premium Times.
In 2009, Tolu was awarded the much-respected CNN Multichoice African Journalism Award. He also won again in 2013 in another category. Tolu was also shortlisted for the inaugural PEN/Studzinski literary prize. He publoshed a collection of poetry in 2004, Listen to the geckos singing from a balcony (Bewrite Books) and a novella in 2008, Conquest & Conviviality (Hodder Murray).
In 2007, he was awarded a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg poetry prize and the Nordic Africa Institute Guest Writer Fellowship in 2008. He has published both fiction and poetry in The London Magazine, Wasafiri, Farafina, PEN Anthology of New Nigerian Writing, Litro, Brand, Orbis, Nano2ales, Stimulus Respond, Sable, Magma, Stanford’s Black Arts Quarterly and World Literature Today, among others. He lives in Lagos, Nigeria.
photo credit:Tolu Gunlesiby Ifeyinwa Uzowulu