In what can best be described as a testament of the excellent work being done in his capacity as editor-in-chief of Legit, Bayo Olupohunda made the YNaija 2019 list of 100 most influential people in Nigerian politics.
Bayo Olupohunda's name featured in the list that recognises some of the heavyweights in all walks of life in the country like Senate president, Bukola Saraki; national leader of the All progressives Congress, Oby Ezekwesili, Banky Wellington, Chief Bola Tinubu; presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, Aliko Dangote and first lady, Aisha Buhari among others.
The list also include names of media personalities like Omoyele Sowore of Sahara Reporters, Kadaria Ahmed and Dapo Olorunyomi of Premium Times.
The respected YNaija publication whose parent company also organises the Future Awards identified the reason for the inclusion of Olupohunda as one of the most influential people in Nigeria in 2019.
The publication recognised the editor-in-chief for his work "in moving the online publishing platform to the terrain of more rigorous reporting and commentary on political activities, solidifying its appeal to young Nigerians who have significantly moved online for their news redepositing Legit.ng as a leading online and most visited indigenously owned online media in Nigeria."
Bayo Olupohunda who joined Legit as freelance columnist in 2015 has risen through all the departments including working as a head of desk of Lagos project page before his appointment as editor-in-chief on June 15, 2016. Olupohunda has a wealth of experience. He was a contributing writer at the Guardian Nigeria and later joined the defunct NEXT newspaper as a columnist.
As a columnist for the Punch newspaper, he was shortlisted for the 2014 CNN African Journalists Awards where he was a runner-up in the Culture award category. Olupohunda also received the Diamond Awards for Media Excellence in the Informed Commentary category in 2015 .
In 2018, Oluphunda was shortlisted among 18 West African journalists by the West African Media Awards in the Health Reporting Category. The shortlist followed his features story on maternal mortality rate in Nigeria and Sub-Saharan Africa. The awards which held in Accra, Ghana also had journalists from some leading media across West Africa.
In 2017, Olupohunda published his non-fiction book, Are You Not A Nigerian? which takes a hilarious and often serious but didactic look into what defines Nigerians. The stereotypes, idiosyncrasies and what it means to be essentially Nigerian are reflected in the work.
In its citation, the respected Ynaija noted that “Olupohunda has moved the online publishing platform to the terrain of more rigorous reporting and commentary on political activities, solidifying its appeal to young Nigerians who have significantly moved online for their news.”
Read the full citation below:
This recognition further cements Legit.ng and its editorial team as the leading online media in the country and the incredible work it is doing in bringing information closer to Nigerians.
Recall that Olupohunda was honoured at West Africa Media Excellence Awards where he emerged runner-up in the health reporting category. The award in its second year attracted over 600 entries, shortlisted to 18, from West African journalists.
The 18 finalists competed in seven categories.
Olupohunda was nominated for the awards based on his investigative story on the menace of maternal mortality in Nigeria.
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