IMG_5384Oluwatoyosi Ogunseye

Location: Lagos, Nigeria
Precinct Program: Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders
Date(s): Summer 2014
Title & Organization: Editor, Sunday Punch Newspaper

Oluwatoyosi Ogunseye has more than ten years of experience as an investigative journalist on beats such as politics, crime, business, health and environment. Ogunseye, who is the first female editor in the more than 40 year history of Punch Newspaper, Nigeria’s most widely read newspaper, is the Editor of the Sunday edition titled Sunday Punch. She is tasked with the responsibility of ensuring that Sunday Punch is the best paper in the country every Sunday; she also ensures that the 90+ reporters that she works with deliver at their optimum best in order to make the paper and its online platforms competitive and revenue-generating. Ogunseye is an advocate for empowerment of young persons and gives self development talks locally and internationally to young people. In addition, she is a guest lecturer at the Nigerian Institute of Journalism where she teaches journalism students pro bono. She is skilled in media, communications and scientific research. Ogunseye holds a BSc in Biochemistry from the University of Lagos, Nigeria, a PGD in Print Journalism from the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, a MSc in Media and Communication from Pan-Atlantic University, Nigeria and is currently studying for a PhD in Politics and International Relations at the University of Leicester, United Kingdom.

Blog Entries

BBC World Service appoints Precinct Fellow as leader for West African Languages

The BBC World Service has appointed Rachel Akidi Okwir and Toyosi Ogunseye as heads of language services for East and West Africa respectively. The appointments are part of the BBC World Service’s continuing expansion in Africa.

Rachel Akidi Okwir, Head of East Africa Languages, is based in Nairobi, Kenya […]

Presidential Precinct Helps Forge African Community

Lagos, Nigeria – I am a city girl with a heart for the countryside, so I felt doubly privileged when I arrived at the Presidential Precinct in Virginia for the Mandela Washington Fellowship two years ago. On one hand, I was honoured to have been selected with 24 other […]

YALI 2014 Spotlight Video: Oluwatoyosi Ogunseye

2014 Mandela Washington Fellow Oluwatoyosi Ogunseye reflects on ways that the Presidential Precinct has empowered her in her work back home in Nigeria.

Toyosi Ogunseye – YALI Impact Story

September 8, 2014 | Toyosi Ogunseye | 2014 Washington Fellow

Toyosi Ogunseye from Lagos, Nigeria, shares her experience with the 2014 YALI program here at the Presidential Precinct.

Voice of America: Straight Talk Africa interviews Presidential Precinct Fellow Toyosi Ogunseye

Oluwatoyosi Esther Ogunseye is a journalist from Nigeria. She is also the recent winner of the Prestigious Knight Fellowship. It’s one of several awards she’s received, but her aspirations go beyond journalism. VOA caught up with Toyosi at the University of Virginia.

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Toyosi Ogunseye: YALI 2014 Reflection

July 17, 2014 | Oluwatoyosi Ogunseye | 2014 Washington Fellow

There is no doubt that the dearth of leadership is a major challenge on the African continent. My country, Nigeria, is not an exception.

However, it would be a mistake to think that this is a recent development or that only the ruling […]

When Leadership Meets Culture

July 17, 2014 | Oluwatoyosi Ogunseye | 2014 Washington Fellow

After two weeks of inspiring sessions on leadership, innovation, design thinking, negotiation, teambuilding, mobilizing civil society, media and communication, social entrepreneurship and sustainability, we arrived at Ash Lawn-Highland on July 1.

That Tuesday morning, Gina Haney of Community Consortium, spoke about cultural preservation, […]

Toyosi Ogunseye: YALI 2014 Reflection

 July 14, 2014 | Oluwatoyosi Ogunseye | 2014 Washington Fellow

Arrival in the United States

The first fellow I met at Charlottesville Airport on June 14 was Majo Joseph. After five minutes of exchanging pleasantries with him, I knew I was in good company. We talked as if we had known ourselves for […]