Festus Aweneri Akande
Dr. Akande Festus, was born on 12 April, 1969 in Ibillo, Akoko-Edo Local Government Area of Edo State. He attended St. Peter’s Primary School, Ibillo and Ogbona Secondary School in Edo State as well as Federal School of Arts & Science, Suleja, Niger State respectively. He is a graduate of Mass Communication and also has BSc (Hons) in Marketing from Enugu State University of Science & Technology. He equally holds Chartered Professional Certificate & Diploma in Public Relations, PGD in Business Administration, MBA Marketing, MSc Public Relations and PhD Degree in Marketing (Specializing in Public Relations) from University of Nigeria, Nsukka.
He had worked in various print media such as Abuja News Day Newspapers, (the first print media in the FCT), Nigerian Tide Newspapers, (Rivers State Publishing Corporation), and TELL Magazine. He was Head of Special Project Department of FAME Magazine in Lagos.
Dr. Akande Festus is an accomplished Speech Writer, Public Speaker and Author of robust international repute, having to his credit the following books: In-Road into Public Relations, Contemporary Media Relations Management, Effective Speech Writing and Public Speaking among others.
He joined the Supreme Court of Nigeria in 2006 as Assistant Director and Head of Press and Information unit, he rose to the rank of Director in January 2015.
He is a member of different professional bodies including Nigerian Institute of Public Relations, Nigerian Union of Journalists, Association of Nigerian Authors and National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria. He was the pioneer Secretary-General of Graduate Public Relations Alumni Association of University of Nigeria. He was also honoured with the Fellowship of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), Institute of Corporate Administration, got the “Outstanding Achievement in Poetry Crystal Award Trophy,” awarded by International Society of Poets, USA and “Commemorative Award Medallion (in Honour of Poetic Dedication and Achievements),” awarded by International Society of Poets, USA in 2006. His hobbies are researching, writing, singing and dancing. He is happily married with children.