The Word For Today
Monday September 1, 2014.
"THE TIME IS NEAR"
‘Know that it is near—at the doors!’ Matthew 24:33 NKJV
Almost three thousand years ago, God said through the prophet Amos that just before the coming of the Lord, the Jews would return from the four corners of the earth and rebuild the nation of Israel. ‘I will bring back my exiled people Israel; they…
Soni, an award winning media icon, is indeed a man of many parts; Broadcaster, Advertising Practitioner, Media Manager, Communication consultant, Trainer, Talk-show host and Toastmaster of international repute.
Apart from being a highly rated toast master, his TV talk-show on AIT 'Soni Irabor Live (SIL)' makes him one of Nigeria's most popular TV personalities of all time.
With a career of over three decades spanning radio and TV broadcast and Film, Irabor studied Mass Communications at the University of Lagos and trained as a speech trainer with The Radio Deutsche Weller, Koln, Germany. Irabor is best known for his newscasting prowess, compering and speech training expertise and his role as 'Small Teacher' in the highly successful comedy programme of the eighties, Second Chance.
He is a well travelled and highly versatile media practitioner whose expertise at handling numerous difficult PR and Media Relations assignments for clients has also earned him a lot of respect.
As a toastmaster, He performed the role of toast master, he has hosted numerous National and International events, including, OAU and ECOWAS Heads of Government Conferences and Corporate events.
In 2008 Soni hosted the prestigious NEPAD Business Forum in Abidjan, Cote D'Ivoire (March 2-5, 2008). In July of the same year, Soni Irabor Co-Hosted the CNN African Journalist of The Year Award, with CNN's Zain Verjee, where the then President John Kufor of Ghana played special Guest of Honour in Accra, Ghana
Soni is a former Special Adviser on Information and Orientation to the Edo State Government. He served as a member of the Advertising Standards Panel of APCON for more than seven years. He is the Chairman of the Nigerian Arts and Culture Directory Project and the African Regional Summit on Visual Arts (ARESUVA).
He started his broadcasting career at Radio Nigeria and rose to the position of Acting Director Marketing, after over 24 years rising from the post of Announcer/Presenter/Newsreader, Controller Presentation Training before he was seconded to the Marketing department and was appointed to the Advertising Standards Panel of APCON representing the Broadcasting Organizations of Nigeria, BON, 1993 t0 2000. Irabor has trained over 1000 broadcasters from different parts of Nigeria and Africa.
He is the Chairman of RUYI, an integrated marketing communications company. He is also a Director of Sonia Publications Ltd, publishers of the Genevieve Magazine and currently the CEO of the number one Family Radio Station, 92.3 Inspiration FM in Lagos.
Head of News at the station, experienced and a thorough news man. Azu as he is fondly called is the typical nose-for-news kind of fellow.
Always probing, even his critics admire his attention to detail and love for journalism.
Holds a Masters Degree in Mass Communications, has worked on radio cutting his teeth twelve years ago at Rhythm 93.7
Azubike Osumili feels that Nigerian journalists work too much and get little pay and hopes for a day when all that will change
"Latest trend in my business is the passage of the Freedom of Information Bill, I am tripped and elated now, now they must tell the truth".
Married to college sweetheart, Ekky Osumili