Japheth Omojuwa has graced economic, civil society and media development panels across several continents. In the course of his work, he has graced speaking platforms from Washington to London, Addis Ababa to Lagos, Accra, Cape Town, Abuja, Rio de Janeiro, Berlin, New York, Cologne, Dakar amongst other cities around the world and across Nigeria. He has spoken at several Universities around the world, including New York University, New York, Hertie School of Governance, Berlin, Germany, Catholic University of East Africa, Nairobi, Technical University, Dortmund, and several in Nigeria.
He was a delegate at the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development Rio+ 20 in Brazil. He attended the Open Forum Conference at Cape Town’s International Convention Centre on the invitation of the Open Society in South Africa and has led panels organised by the World Economic Forum (WEF), Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), The African Development Bank (AfDB), the Germany Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development BMZ, Heinrich Boell Stiftung, The African-German Foundation, The Association of African Ambassadors in Germany, West African Civil Society Institute (WACSI), ONE Campaign amongst other local and international organizations.
Japheth Omojuwa: A Blogger & Lecturer Making A Difference In Nigeria, Nigeria’s own version of the online social media “Arab Spring” as many Nigerians spurred on by messages they saw via @omojuwa were moved to take action that had impact which was felt nationally. Japheth Omojuwa suddenly emerged as a thought leader in Nigeria especially among the youth which in one of the reasons he is one of the most influential Nigerians on Twitter.
While Japheth tries hard to deny being influential or even being a celebrity it’s quite obvious he is as he’s easily a recognizable face. Just as we started interviewing him, a few fans of Japheth stopped by to greet him and take photos with him. It was quite interesting knowing that young educated and internet savvy Nigerians can easily spot Omojuwa in a crowd that’s a privilege only celebrities enjoy.
Although born into a privileged background, Japheth didn’t enjoy the life that young kids born with a silver spoon were known for rather he grew up like most of us encountering the suffering and smiling lifestyle most Nigerians are used to.
Today however the story is different. Why? Because Japheth earns an eye popping income from tweeting and blogging that most people with lucrative jobs can only envy. When we pressed him to declare his earnings Japheth insisted that he’ll only give us a range in which case we’re talking of a six digit tithe payment in March 2013 meaning he must have earned at least N1 million in March alone. Between January 1 and March 21st Omojuwa had disbursed over N400,000 worth of gifts mostly recharge cards to his followers on twitter and travels abroad to speak, consult and share insights with a global audience at least once a month on the strength of his influence on young Educated Nigerians. SEE MORE ON PAGE2