PROFILE OF OLANIYI THEVOICE ABODEDELE: THE MAN BEHIND NIGERIA COMMUNITY EXCELLENCE AWARDS
Mr Olaniyi Abodedele known across as Thevoice, is a graduate of Business Management and holds a Diploma certificate in Graphics Design, Multimedia and Photography. He is the CEO of Impressive Image Media - the Publisher of The Nigerian Voice Newspaper (A Nigerian Community Newspaper in South Africa). A publication established according to him because"It is incumbent on us to tell our stories and not allow others tell them for us". He is one of the most sorts after Nigerian media personalities in South Africa.
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 Adeniji-Adele Fadipe Royal Family.
A knowledgeable individual in the polity of Nigeria, being a one-time Youth Leader in Agbara Ward 1 Ado Odo/Otta Local Government in Ogun State, he also served as the Personal Assistant to the then Deputy Chief Whip representing Ado Odo/Otta constituency in Ogun State house of Assembly in early 2003 before traveling to South Africa in 2005. He has also gained vast experience across different industries such as Banking, Retail, Hospitality and the Media industry.
He is a people's person with in-depth knowledge of the Nigerian Community in South Africa. His passion for his country Nigeria and belief in the ability of his people is second to none as demonstrated with the publications of The Nigerian voice Newspaper. On the 4th October 2013, he established and successfully hosted the median edition of The Nigerian Community Excellence Award in South Africa to celebrate excellence amongst Nigerians in all fields of endeavors. His reason for this is simple: "If we do not celebrate ourselves as Nigerians, no one will do".
In 2014, for the first time he also established and successfully hosted the Nigerian End of Year Carnival, and the Nigerian Community Christmas Carol Evening to give Nigerians in South Africa a sense of belonging and Identification.
His love and passion for his father's land Nigeria has 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 also served as the Chairman 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 xenophobic attacks on black foreign national in South Africa.
Above all Olaniyi Thevoice Abodedele has been privileged to interview and dine with Presidents, Governors, Senators, Ministers, decision makers, Ambassadors, Diplomats and political leaders as well as great entrepreneurs. 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 and during the Forum for China-Africa conference (FOCAC).
In the same light the Vice President of Nigeria His Excellency Prof. Yemi Osinbajo also granted him an exclusive interview during his last visit to South Africa. It is also important to state the appointment of his newspaper as media partners to the last Diaspora committee of Nigeria's 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.
Other dignitaries he has had interactions with to mention a few are: His Excellences Former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan, Former First lady of Nigeria: Her Excellency Patience Jonathan, the First lady of South Africa Nompumelelo Ntuli, Former Nigerian Senate President Senator David Mark and Deputy Senate President Senator Ike Ekweremadu, Former House of Representative Speaker and now Governor of Sokoto State Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, Governor of Ogun State Senator Ibikunle Amosun, Former Africa Union Secretary Chief Emeka Anyaoku to mention a few.
He has won a few awards in recognition of his outstanding work. His is a highly professional individual who gives attention to details. he is also very concerned about the quality of his jobs.