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In the last seventeen years, Remi Oyeyemi has been actively involved in journalism in many capacities. He was the founding Assistant Editor of the P.M. News, Lagos in which he maintained a column Politics Nigeriana, which was a thorn in the flesh of the Sani Abacha dictatorship.

He also wrote for TheNews and TEMPO magazines in Lagos; Nigerian Tribune and Daily Sketch, both in Ibadan; Triumph, Kano; Bencorps, Makurdi and has contributed OP-ED materials to The Guardian, The Punch, and the Daily Times. In the United States he has written for the Southeast Missourian, a politically influential newspaper in the State of Missouri as a Guest Columnist and a string of African publications in the American NorthEast. He was also the founding Editor of the New York based pro-democracy medium Democrat-In-Exile.

Oyeyemi was the Assistant National Secretary of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (1992-1993); Founding Secretary, League of Democratic Journalists (1995) and Chairman, Oyo State Sports Writers Association's Disciplinary Committee (1995). In 1990, the Nigerian Union of Journalists (Oyo State Council) named him the Best Investigative Journalist. He received the GSE award of the Rotary International in 1991 and in 1993 was listed in "Who is Who" of the Nigerian media world.

A member of the Nigeria Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), he was a media resource consultant to many advertising and public relation companies between 1990 and 1995. Between 1991 and 1993, Oyeyemi was the Director of Media Affairs (West) for the Shehu Musa Yar'Adua Presidential Campaign and later Personal Press Assistant to then Presidential Aspirant for the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar who is now the Nigerian Vice President.

He was declared wanted by the Abacha regime that was desperate to host the World Cup Soccer competition in 1995 following his Exclusive Report on the outbreak of Typhoid in Ibadan in TEMPO magazine.

He fled Nigeria few days after the murder of Ken Saro-Wiwa in 1995 to the United States. He became the foreign correspondent to the Nigerian Tribune reporting from the NorthEast America and the United Nations. His exclusive political stories from New York made the Nigerian Tribune best selling newspaper in Nigeria between 1995 and 1998.

Oyeyemi testified against the Abacha dictatorship at the New York City Council hearing on human rights abuse in late in 1995 and in May 1996, at the Senator Kassenbaum inspired US Senate hearings on the same subject in Washington D.C. He later served as the Media Affairs Director of the New York based United Committee to Save Nigeria.

Oyeyemi who has been published in several anthologies including Amidst the Splendor, Tranquil Rains of Summer and America at the Millenium is also the author of Songs From Exile, a poetic commentary on the Nigerian political events of the 1990s. He is one of the "Outstanding Poets of 1998" selected and published by US National Library of Poetry. A member of International Society of Poets, he presently has a weekly column "Echoes of Freedom" that comes out in the Saturday Tribune in Nigeria.

He received a combined honours Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Political Science from the great University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University), Ile-Ife, and Masters of Education Counseling from Wilmington College, Wilmington, Delaware. He also has a Diploma in Journalism from the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos.

Oyeyemi who is presently the Chief Consultant of Mount Zion Mental and Behavioral Health Services is a member of American Counseling Association. He is married with children.


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