Profile Of A Seasoned Journalist Turned Politician


Donald Ojogo is a seasoned journalist. Born on October 25, 1968, Ojogo attended Local Authority Primary School, Arogbo (1974-1980) as well as Ijaw National High School, Arogbo (1980-1985) both for his elementary and secondary education. He also attended the elitist Federal School of Arts and Science, Ondo from 1986-87. This was a school known for high and quality academic intervention and pride of the GCE Advanced Level era.

Having come from humble background, Donald chose to engage in menial jobs, including being a boat deckhand and operator for one year after his secondary before his teacher-father, now late, took him to Federal School, Ondo. Even though his late father had an unquenchable passion for his son to go to the University despite financial challenges, Donald chose to work at the defunct Ilaje/Ese-Odo Local Government as a clerk for two years before proceeding to the university.

He attended the University of Lagos(1990-1995) where he obtained the Bachelors Degree in History and later obtained a Masters Degrees in History and Strategic Studies from the same institution. After his mandatory one year NYSC assignment in Kogi State (1996), Ojogo commenced his journey that created many uncommon opportunities for him, the Journalism career. His first stint, though very brief, was the flagship, The Guardian Newspaper.

He later worked in other media houses and rose to senior editorial positions. These include the Daily Independent (Politics Correspondent, Senior Politics Correspondent) Nigerian Tribune(Regional Editor, South-South/East and later Features Editor), Daily Independent (Politics Editor, Abuja) Leadership(Group Politics Editor) and New Telegraph.

Donald Ojogo’s experience in the Public Service is as follows: Press Secretary to Governor of Ondo State Governor(2007-2009), Senior Technical Adviser (Public Affairs, Media and Policy Strategy) to the Minister of State for Agriculture(2016-2017), Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of the Deputy Governor, Ondo State(May-August, 2017) and Hon Commissioner for Lands and Housing,Ondo State(August 2017-September, 2018).

Donald Ojogo played patriotic role in ensuring the release of six Igbonla Model College students kidnapped on May 25, 2017. He displayed courage, commitment and patriotism by teaming up with the Deputy Governor, Alfred Agboola Ajayi to secure the release of the children from their abductors in the creeks.

In his short period as Commissioner for Lands and Housing, Ojogo was the co-Chairman of the State Land Reform Committee and carried many creative innovations in the Ministry before he resigned to enable him contest for the Ilaje /Ese-Odo Federal Constituency, a position that has eluded the people of Arogbo Ijaw since the return of democracy in 1999.


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