Revered Journalist Michael Owhoko: The Role of Writing in his Career
Many people believe that writing is a small part of their job and that to build a career, you need multiple skills to succeed in it. But there are people who have been writing their whole life, building up their career and finding success in ways you would not expect.
Writing might seem simple – but it is actually filled with so many complex factors that determine your position in the professional world. To further bring light on our statement, let us consider the prime example of Michael Owhoko, a highly acclaimed Nigerian journalist, media, and public relations practitioner.
He is known to be a renowned author with several books to his credit and served as the former spokesman for Gaslink Nigeria Limited and Communications representative/advisor for Addax Petroleum Nigeria Limited.
After completing his primary and secondary education in Warri, he proceeded to the University of Ilorin, Nigeria, where he received a B.Sc. in Political Science in 1987. After gaining experience and studying at different institutions, he eventually obtained an M.Sc in Political Science in 1999 and Post Graduate Diploma in Mass Communications in 2001. He later enrolled in a Ph.D. program in Political Science at the Selinus University of Science and Literature where he was awarded his Ph.D. in Political Science after successful defence of his thesis in 2021.
The roots of his career as a journalist began from a weekly newspaper, “The Metropolitan,” where he was recruited as a Staff Reporter in 1989. A few years later, he joined the Nationwide Merchant Bank, where he served in various departments before exiting in 1997 as Head, Administration.
Afterward, he moved on to join the Financial Telegraph on the Energy Desk before proceeding to The Diet, and then the Daily Times of Nigeria as the Energy Editor of the Business Times. During this time, he focused most of his written works on energy-related editorials and contributed to a series of articles and stories that served as a source of research materials for the oil and gas industry.
His work was eventually noticed by other important figures in the industry. In 2001, Owhoko was invited by the Managing Director of Gaslink Nigeria Limited to join the company as Head of the Public Relations Department. During this period, he was awarded a certificate of merit in 2002 due to his exceptional contribution to completing and commissioning the Ikeja 1B Gas Distribution Project.
In 2000, Owhoko was appointed into the Council of the Nigerian Gas Association, an International Gas Union affiliate, as a Publicity Secretary. During his tenure, he initiated the publication of its bi-annual gas journal called “The Nigerian Gas” and became the pioneer editor of the magazine.
He is also a member of many associations and professional clubs, including the Rotary Club of Ikoyi, District 9110 Nigeria, Nigerian Union of Journalists, Nigerian Gas Association, and so many more.
There is still so much Owhoko wishes to accomplish, which is why he is one of the very few professionals worldwide who is constantly focused on improving his work, enhancing his abilities, and writing valuable content that can bring about a revolutionary change within the workings of our modern world.