Olawale Rasheed popularly known as MOR is a reputable journalist, media entrepreneur, philanthropist and a politician from Iwo, Osun West district, Osun state. He is aged 52 years and married to Sister Tolulope Olawale with maternal and paternal background from both Ekiti/Ijesaland.
Olawale had his Primary School Leaving Certificate from District School, Araromi Iwo,Osun State in 1979. Thereafter, he went to United Methodist High School, Iwo, Osun state, where he had his Secondary School Certificate in 1985. In 1990, he bagged Bachelor of Art Degree in English Language from the University of Ilorin, with Second Class Upper Division. Moreover, in 1993, the University of Ilorin awarded him a Professional Masters degree in Public Administration [MPA] with a focus on Public Policy analysis, Policy design, Policy management and Implementation
While at UNILORIN, Olawale was the Vice President, English Students Association, UNILORIN; General Secretary, Linguistic Students Association, Faculty of Arts, UNILORIN; and Editor of several departmental journals including Editor-in-Chief, Fesascope Press Club. His leadership trait was quickly noticed at the Post Graduate College, as he was made the Public Relations Officer, Post Graduate Students Association, and Social Director, Association of Masters of Public administration Students.
Politically, his Dad, late Pa Bilawu Akanji, who was a foundation member of Action Group, Unity Party of Nigeria, Social Democratic Party and Alliance for Democracy in Osun state, mentored Olawale Rasheed. Afterwards, he was a teenage member of the youth wing of the defunct Unity Party of Nigeria. Also, a member of the defunct Peoples Solidarity Party; defunct Social Democratic Party; Member of the defunct Imeri Unity Group; and a member of the defunct United Nigeria Congress Party. As a prelude to the fourth republic, Rasheed was a member of the New Dimension, one of the political associations that fused to form the Peoples Democratic Party. He was present at the maiden meetings of the PDP in Abuja and Ibadan in 1998.
His political grounding was sharpened by his presence as a political assistant to a leading delegate at the 1994/1995 National Political Conference under late General Sani Abacha.As an active political player, Olawale Rasheed has been involved in several local elections and as much as such as five national and state campaigns at topmost levels. In addition, he had strategic political consultancy experience at national level. More notably, he actively participated in the political process as a politics journalist for more than 20 years.
Olawale Rasheed’s private sector experience, which has largely contributed to his development process, included his role as Bar Manager at the defunct Olode Hotel, Iwo, in 1977. In addition, he served as Education Officer at the Federal Capital Development Authority, Abuja during his national service [NYSC] period from 1990-1991. He was also briefly an Education Officer, in Igbo Elerin Grammar School, Oyo state from 1992-1993.
In 1995, Olawale Rasheed began his rewarding journalistic experience when he was employed as Proof Reader /Senior Reporter at Third Eye Newspapers, Ibadan, Oyo state. Within a year at Third Eye Newspaper, his sterling attributes caught the attention of Tribune Newspapers, who poached him and made him Senior Reporter [Political Desk] in 1996.
Soon enough, he was re-drafted as Lagos Political Correspondent, Nigeria Tribune: 1998-1999 and became National Assembly Correspondent, Nigerian Tribune, Abuja, between 1999 -2004. Swiftly, his career progressed as he was promoted to the position of Assistant Editor, Politics, Abuja, a role he held from 2000 to 2003. From 2004 to 2007, his career saw a deserving promotion when he became the Group Politics Editor, Tribune Newspapers and later Abuja Bureau Chief, between 2005 -2006. Olawale Rasheed’s steady rise in his career goes on as he was made Deputy Editor/Northern Region Editor, Tribune newspapers from 2011 to 2012.
In a bid to fulfill his entrepreneurship goal, he quit Tribune newspapers to establish Sahel Media Group, collection of media outfits, where he is now the Group Chief Executive Officer.
On the public sector, Olawale Rasheed worked as the Media Officer to the Board of the Federal Capital Development Authority [FCDA] under Senator Olu Alabi in 2003. Prior to that, he had served as an unofficial Media Aide to late Minister of Internal Affairs, Chief SM Afolabi in 2002. From 2007 to 2011, he served as the sole Special Assistant to former Minister of Youth Development. In addition, he served as a Special Assistant to Minister of State Power: 2014-2015.
Olawale Rasheed had extensive experience in designing of many landmarks public policies as well as hands-on experience in the implementation of many public policies. He was part of the initiation of many public policy proposals. He served as a member of several sectoral policy committees and have deep experience in both social and infrastructural policy sectors.
Alongside his deep experience in intra and inter – governmental communications, he participated in many policy conferences, seminars, workshops and attended multiple international policy conferences and statutory meetings.
As a media and political consultant, his firm, Sahel Consult handles many high profile briefs both locally and internationally. His firm specializes in management of elections, media crisis and online reputation management. As a Government Relations practitioner, Rasheed specializes in management of inter face between citizens and government agencies and between agencies and other agencies of government.
In his quest for a better and just society, Olawale Rasheed founded the Society for Youth Research, an NGO devoted to advocating/sustaining innovative youth development. For his philanthropist gesture, he established the Olawale Rasheed Foundation in 2010 guided by the principle of “Charity in the Dark”. In addition, he founded the Osun Governance Society, a budding NGO devoted to study/analysis/innovation in policy process.
Olawale Rasheed has numerous awards, both locally and internationally to his name.
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