US-based RCCG Pastor Resumes As Osinbajo’s Spokesman

Yemi Osinbajo

Former North American Bureau Chief of The Guardian, Laolu Akande, who is also a pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), has resumed as the spokesman of the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo.

Akande is regarded as the longest serving African correspondent at the United Nations, and the only Nigerian journalist so far to have interviewed a sitting American president in the White House when he interviewed former President George W. Bush. He has also exclusively interviewed American folk hero, General Colin Powell, as well as billionaires like Bill Gates and Donald Trump.

He was said to have started his journalism career as a Reporter in 1989 writing for the Guardian titles and later moved over to the founding team of The News Magazine in 1993, where he became that magazine’s Senior Writer. In 1995, he joined the Nigerian Tribune titled first as Special Projects Editor and later became the Editor of Tribune on Saturday in 1997, before he relocated to the US in 1998.

After he relocated to the US, he founded Empowered Newswire, and has continuously reported about Nigerians and Nigerian issues especially in the US and Canada in the last 13 years.

He has also worked with American newspapers such as the Philadelphia Inquirer, and New York Newsday.

He became a pastor at the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Jesus Friends Assembly in Long Island, New York in 2007.