Ekerete Udoh (pictured) is, instantly, our favorite new person of the week.
Per an item on iafrica.com, he has decided to extend his media empire from NYC to his native land of Nigeria. FishbowlNY would like to: a) wish him all the best with this brave new venture; and b) request that he send us a copy of the first issue.
Even though we don’t read Nigerian, we’d still love to see what the paper looks like.* From the article:
Udoh holds a Bachelor’s degree in political science and journalism from Queens College of the City University of New York (CUNY) and a Master’s degree in international relations and comparative politics from Brooklyn College. At City University of New York, he was the best graduating student.
In a somewhat ironic twist, Udoh is apparently going to call his Nigerian newspaper News of the World. Perhaps he can learn from Rupert Murdoch’s mistakes and rescue that name from the phone-hacking scandal ashes.
Here in the U.S., Udoh crowns the editorial team responsible for another recent newspaper effort, The Diasposran Star. From his bio on that site:
Udoh is the pioneer pop-culture reporter in Nigeria. He started this genre in 1986, and went on to edit and write some of the most widely read columns in the Nigerian mainstream media.
He is a nationally known name and is on first-name basis with all the major players within the Nigerian high-society and pop-culture… He is currently a manager with a Fortune 500 firm in New York City.
In the spring of 2012, Udoh received a special citation from the New York State Senate.
As a reader pointed out, there is no “Nigerian” language. English is the official language of the country and, hence, the paper will likely be published in that language.