MR. SUNDAY AKIN DARE
Sunday Dare, 49 years old, born in Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria, on May 29th, 1966.
Dare is the Chief of Staff and Special Adviser on Media to former Governor of lagos State and National Leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. Occupying this position the past 4 years, Dare has become one of national leader’s trusted advisers and his operational right hand. In addition to his conbibutions on political and media strategy, Dare has adroitly managed Tinubu’s office, maintaining control of the flow of paper, appointments work output of other staffs. His work and ability to help the national leader prioritize his work schedule, he has contributed heavily to Tinubu’s effectiveness as the party’s national leader. Dare has been instrumental in the history-making period of party formation, merger and the 2015 elections.
While demonstrating excellent skills as a manager of people and the flow of work, Dare remains one of Nigeria’s foremost journalists with extensive national and international media experience spanning over 24 years. As a Multi- Media expert Dare’s journalistic competencies cover print, electronic broadcast and Online
He transitioned into Communications, Advisory, Governance and Public Policy through his work with the Voice of America, VOA, in Washington DC, Bill & Melinda GateS Foundation (ICFJ Knight Fellow) and two key Media Advisory and Chief of Staff Roles.
Again, showing his ability to combine administrative and journalistic acumen. Dare was appointed Senior Special assistant Media/Chief of Staff to the Minister of Information and Communications in 2009.
2010- Management Team member, Supervisor, NN24 Television-Nigeria’s first 24-hour television news channel.
In 2011, Sunday Dare attended Oxford University, UK, where he studied Journalism and conducted academic research into the use of Social Media as a tool for Investigating Corruption in Nigeria. Dare won the Oxford Reuters Journalism FellowShip for Academic Research as a result of is erstwhile journalistic achievement.
In 2000 Dare attended Harvard University, USA, under the Nieman Journalism Fellowship where he studied media and public policy. The Nieman Fellowship is the oldest and most prestigious Journalism Fellowships in the WorId. In 1998 he was a Scholar at New York University (NYU) in USA.
In 1996, He obtained a Masters Degree in lnternalional Law and Diplomacy from the University of Jos.
In 1991, Dare obtained a B.Sc in International Relations from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.
In 1983 he completed his Secondary School Education at the Baptist High School in Jos Plateau state.
In 2001 , after successfully completing his fellowship in residence at Harvard, Sunday joined the Voice of America in Washington DC as the Chief/Supervisor of the Hausa Service, a position classified as a National Security Position.
He served here from 2001 to 2009. At VOA, he was honored with rapid promotion and two major performance awards for quality leadership and boosting audience size.
Dare continued on as a journalism expert trainer with Daily Trust newspaper and Freedom Radio, two leading northern media organizations. His work as an ICFJ Knight Fellow was funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and administered by the U.S.-based International Center for Foreign Journalists, ICFJ.
Dare currently sits on the board of the lnvestigative Journalism Workshop of the American University, USA. He is also a member of the global International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, ICIJ, an association whose membership includes many of the best investigative reporters and editors across the WorId. Sunday is fluent in English Hausa and Yoruba languages. He is a christian and is married with three children.