Mr. Olaniyi Abodedele popularly known and called Thevoice is a graduate of Business Management, and also holds a Diploma in Graphics Design, Photography and Multi-Media.
Thevoice hails from Abeokuta, Ogun State in the South-Western region of Nigeria with a strong royalty attachment through his mother to the throne of Oba (King) of Lagos in Lagos State through the Ajose /Adeniji-Adele Fadipe Royal Family.
He is a community leader, activist, online radio personality, professional photographer and a passionate Nigerian individual. He moved to South Africa on the 24th of February 2005, and ever since have been involved in numerous Nigerian community organizations, initiatives, and events which have empowered him with a deep knowledge of understanding the Nigerian community in South Africa.
His dedication to the uplifting and emancipation of his community in South Africa have afforded him the opportunity to be in very good standing with the Nigerian Diplomatic Missions in both Pretoria and Johannesburg. He has also had the privilege to meet three (3) of former Nigerian Presidents including current President Muhammadu Buhari (GCON) and his Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo (SAN).
His Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari - President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces Federal Republic of Nigeria granted him an exclusive interview during his last official visit to South Africa to attend the African Union Summit in 2015 and during the Forum for China-Africa conference (FOCAC) in 2017.
In the same light, the Vice President of Nigeria His Excellency Prof. Yemi Osinbajo also granted him an exclusive interview during his first visit to South Africa in 2016. It is also important to state the appointment of his newspaper as media partners to the last Diaspora committee of Nigeria's 7th Federal House of Representatives under the chairmanship of Hon. Abike Dabiri, now the Senior Special Adviser on Foreign Affairs and the Diaspora to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. This says a lot about his positioning, professionalism, and recognition in his chosen field of endeavors.
His love and passion for his father's land Nigeria have earned him many positions within the Nigerian community in South Africa. He was one time Public Relations Officer of Nigeria Union Gauteng, Past Chairman Electoral Committee Nigerian Union South Africa. He was also former National Publicity Secretary Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) South Africa now All Progressives Congress (APC) South Africa, he was also former Electoral Committee Secretary, and Organizing Secretary to National Association of Yoruba Descendants Southern Africa.
Mr. Olaniyi Thevoice Abodedele was also very involved in a Fact-Finding Committee established by the Nigeria High Commission Pretoria, South Africa to determine the extent of damage the Nigerian community suffered during the last two xenophobic attacks on black foreign national in South Africa.
He is the founder and Publisher of The Nigerian Voice Newspaper South Africa: a 100% Nigerian Community Newspaper he initiated in 2010 to empower and inform Nigerians, and Friends of Nigeria about the many positives of Nigeria and Nigerians in South Africa and the world over. His belief for doing so is because he feels as a Nigerian the Nigerian stories are not often told as it ought to be as often times our negatives are on many occasions used to define who we are.
Thevoice is also the initiator and chairman of the annual Nigeria Community Excellence Awards South Africa. The event seeks to identify, celebrate and award excellence to outstanding and upstanding Nigerians within the Nigerian Community in South Africa thereby making Nigeria and Nigerians proud. He feels identifying, celebrating and showcasing Nigerian role models and top performers to Nigerians and the world will go a long way in changing the negative narratives about Nigeria and her people.
As the publisher of a community newspaper, he has been privileged to witness and listen to many cries from his fellow Nigerian citizens on many numerous issues affecting their daily lives in South Africa. Based on that, he then initiated an annual Nigeria Community Conference which is a platform that seeks to identify and deal with numerous issues that affect the Nigerian community thereby empowering Nigerians and other attendees with useful information on numerous issues such as security issues, legal rights within the host country, South African and Nigerian immigration issues, Nigeria Consular Services and the Consular rights of Nigerians. Other important issues are the roles and duties of Nigeria High Commission and the Consulate to Nigerians, Business registration procedures, investments and empowerment opportunities for Nigerians and South Africans in both countries.
In June 2019 he started his Online Radio program called “NAIJA HOUR WITH THEVOICE”. A first of its kind in South Africa. Naija Hour with Thevoice is a one-hour interactive radio program where he talks about Nigeria and zooms into the Nigerian Community in South Africa discussing different issues with his guest while receiving phone calls from listeners. His reason for the program is to create a platform for Nigerian stories to be heard, and cannot allow others to speak for us because they do not understand the Nigerian story as much as we do.
He believes that unity, networking, and teamwork are such strong characteristics that can be used to break down barriers. The population, financial strength and continued inward movement of Nigerians into South Africa have never been put to use positively to support one another in other to break down barriers affecting Nigerians as a people. His initiatives intend to break down such barriers to form a unity.
For remaining true to himself, his resilience, hard work and dedication have earned his trust to work with multinational corporations like MTN, Old Mutual, Western Union, Multi-Choice, Mama Money, Hello Mobile, Travelex, Rwandair and a few others in South Africa. He is presently a stakeholder with Old Mutual Africa and in February 2019 he was appointed as the Mama Money Brand Ambassador for Nigeria.