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James Jukwey

James Jukwey,
Board Member

James Jukwey, TAFAR's Associate Managing News Editor, is a veteran newsman with more 29 years at the global news agency Thomson Reuters. In that time he served in various roles as bureau chief in Nigeria, chief sub editor on the commodities, energy and companies desk and for seven years as a member of the Reuters team covering the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).

James was born in Nigeria where he attended Kings College, the University of Lagos and worked in senior positions, including in the Middle Belt state of Benue as first substantive editor of The Voice newspaper, which he successfully turned into a daily from a weekly. He set up the Abuja bureau for the New Nigerian newspapers in 1982 and managed the news team of the Democrat newspaper in the northern city of Kaduna.

He brings to the foundation a vast personal knowledge of Africa and the nuances involved in dealing with public and private sector stakeholders that formulate policies which affect the media. He is an active advocate for improved media standards in Africa and believes the continent’s nascent democracy will thrive only if the press holds political and business leaders more accountable.

Married with children, James holds Nigerian and British citizenships and is a member of the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) in the UK.