Dele Olojede

Founder,
Timbuktu Media

Dele Olojede, a writer, publisher and editor, is the first African to win the Pulitzer Prize. During his 35-year career in newspaper media, Olojede has reported and written from more than 50 countries on four continents, covering dictators, warlords, musicians, genocides, hopeful elections, famines and historic figures, including Nelson Mandela. He was the publisher of NEXT newspapers in his native Nigeria which, for an exhilarating five years in the mid-2000s, sought to demonstrate the centrality of an incorruptible media to a democratic society beset by rapacious elites. He won the McNulty Prize in 2011 for his vision and efforts in creating NEXT.

Olojede received the 2010 prize for Ethical Business Leadership from the Global Forum for Ethics in Business. In 2009, he was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Prize of Columbia University, where he earned a master’s degree in journalism nearly 30 years ago. He studied University of Lagos and is a fellow of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

Olojede is currently building a platform for long-form writing about the African world. He is married to Amma Ogan, a former newspaper editor and columnist, and they have two young adult daughters.