While many see him as a media mogul, to some he is a small town soccer loving boy who would have been a star footballer before media came calling. ALEDEH Team celebrate this icon of history, John Olatchy Momoh, one of Nigeria’ finest media moguls. Born July 1, 1957, into a humble background in Lagos, Southwest Nigeria, John Momoh rose from the position of a newscaster with NTA to the Chief Executive Officer of Channels media group. A peep into Momoh’s life at 60 as former anchor with NTA and current Chief Executive Officer of Channels media group, shows that he remains a reference point in 21st century media reportage.
John Momoh’s Academic Background:
John Momoh was educated at Thomson Foundation/Centre for Journalism Studies and University of Wales, Cardiff, UK and University of Lagos, 1988-1990, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication and a master’s degree in International Law and Diplomacy.In June 2013, he received the Lagos Business School’s Distinguished Alumni award. He has a a professional Diploma from the UK’s Thomson Foundation/Centre for Journalism Studies. He is fellow of the Nigerian Guild of Editors and the Nigerian Institute of Journalism.
John Momoh’s broadcasting career:
John Momoh is an administrator and broadcaster, who started his career as antiquities assistant, National Museums and Monuments, Lagos in 1975; he was a newsreader/announcer for Ogun State Radio between 1977-1979. He was an announcer/presenter, Nigerian Television Authority (NTA); newscaster, Voice of Nigeria, VON, 1979-1982; reporter/newscaster, NTA, news, 1982-1992. Momoh who is who is a member of the Nigerian-Britain Association; Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Ikoyi Club, among others, became the managing director of Channels Incorporated Limited, Lagos, after resigning from NTA in 1992.
John Momoh and Channels TV:
John Momoh founded Channels Television in 1995 as a private television station with only 15 employees alongside his wife and broadcaster, Sola Momoh. Though Channels TV started in 1995, the parent company Channels incorporated was founded in 1992, a year before the Nigerian government deregulated the broadcast media and began broadcasting in 1995. The company commenced operations in Lagos, Southwest Nigeria and has since grown to include three other stations in Abuja, Edo and Kano states. Channels TV has bureaus in almost every state in Nigeria, including stringers and affiliates in other parts in Africa, as well as strong relationships with international media organizations which allows access to information around the world. In June 1993, Channels was licensed and allocated a frequency on UHF (Channel 39). It began transmission in 1995 under the name, “Channels Television”, and the first terrestrial broadcast was on the 1st of July 1995, with John Momoh reading the first news bulletin. Channels TV currently broadcasts to an audience of over 30 million people and is the first Nigerian broadcaster to stream its television programming live for 24 hours. In September 2008, Channels Television was shut down by President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua over a report on Yar’Adua’s ill health. The report by Channels Television was attributed to information received from News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) though NAN announced after investigation that the channel did not issue any statement regarding the President stepping down, but instead that its computer was hacked into, in protest Channels TV discontinued its of the NANS wire service up to this date. It was proven that e-mail, received by Channels TV, was a hoax sent from a computer in Ivory Coast.
During its 21-year existence, the broadcaster has been named “Best Station of the Year” ten times by The Federal Republic of Nigeria’s Media Merit Award Trust. In 2013, the channel won multiple awards, such as “Best TV Station in Africa” awarded by African Achievers Awards, “Most Compliant Television Station In Media Category” by Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria, Lagos State Ministry Of Education’s “Jam Feast” award for its contribution towards youth invention and educational development, “Best Report On Maternal Health” by the Society of Gynaecology And Obstetrics Of Nigeria (Sogon), and Customer Service Excellence Award in Media. On August 14, 2015, Deutsche Welle announced that it had signed a partnership agreement with “Channels TV” to demonstrates the long tradition of airing a positive view of Africa. In August 2015, Channels TV signed a memorandum of understanding with the United Nations on News coverage. The United Nation was represented by Ban Ki-Moon, the then Secretary-General of the United Nation. Channels TV, is the only Nigerian and indeed African Broadcaster to have won the “Television Station of the Year” Award, a record Ten times, five of them consecutively and is the Most Awarded Television station in Africa. Channels TV is the first Nigerian media organization to stream its news and programs live on the internet. First Nigerian TV Company to interface with followers via Twitter. First Nigerian TV Station to have completed its mobile Apps on various platforms (Android, Apple, Microsoft, Nokia store). The Channels TV Android App has featured on Top Free Apps on the Android Play Store with over 800,000 downloads in 2015. Channels TV App has been ranked Best App (Apple Store, Nigeria) in all categories. In the News and Magazines category (Android store (Nigeria), the premier App is still ranked number 1. Channels is the only Nigerian TV Company whose app has been consistently selected and featured on the Windows store. First and only Television Company in Nigeria with over 2,000,000 (two million) followers, fans, and subscribers on social media. First media Company to incorporate the use of Skype and Google hangouts in its news and programs. Channels TV has been recognized as 2013 Convergence Leader in News Media Broadcast (conferred by Top 20 West African Convergence Leader by Knowhow Intelligence Unit). John Momoh’s Level of Selflessness: In 2014, John Momoh joined the Board of Directors of the Constituency for Africa (CFA). The Constituency for Africa was founded in 1990, as a project of the relief and development agency Africare. Its mission is to educate the public about Africa and African development issues; to build public and private support for Africa and the Diaspora; and to help shape a more positive United States policy on Africa. CFA became an independent organization in April 1994. John Momoh is a Red Cross Ambassador. He sits on the board of many non-governmental organisations including : Constituency for Africa Washington DC, Special Olympics Nigeria, Sickle Cell Foundation, Tristate Heart Foundation and Centre for Integrated Health & Development.
John Momoh’s Level of Selflessness:
In 2014, John Momoh joined the Board of Directors of the Constituency for Africa (CFA). The Constituency for Africa was founded in 1990, as a project of the relief and development agency Africare. Its mission is to educate the public about Africa and African development issues; to build public and private support for Africa and the Diaspora; and to help shape a more positive United States policy on Africa. CFA became an independent organization in April 1994. John Momoh is a Red Cross Ambassador. He sits on the board of many non-governmental organisations including : Constituency for Africa Washington DC, Special Olympics Nigeria, Sickle Cell Foundation, Tristate Heart Foundation and Centre for Integrated Health & Development.
He is a developer of football in Nigeria with his annual “Channels National Kids Cup”competition, a sport event for school children from sixteen Nigerian states which is for pupils in primary school under the ages of thirteen.
John Momoh’s Awards:
John Momoh has won many awards as a renowned broadcast journalist with a vast experience spanning over three and half decades. These awards include: “News Anchor of the Year”, of the maiden edition of the Nigerian Media Merit Award, The Nigerian Union of Journalists Award for the “Newscaster of the Year.”. Constituency for Africa Award, Washington DC, Planet Africa Award, Canada, African Achievers Award. He is a Senior Fellow of The Nigerian Leadership Initiative. Fellow, Africa Future Leaders, also of the FCO, Fellow, Nigerian Guild of Editors; Fellow, Nigerian Institute of Journalism, and Fellow Institute of Information Management. In December of 2005, John Momoh was conferred with the National Honour of “Officer of the Order of the Niger” (OON), by the Nigerian Government. A year later in 2006, he was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award, by the Nigerian Information Society.
In 2008, he was crowned ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ by the Fate Foundation Nigeria. In June, 2013, John Momoh received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Lagos Business School. He was also conferred with an Entrepreneurial Award, by the Institute of Directors, Nigeria. John Momoh is a member of the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences based in New York. He is also serving as a juror for the AIB Awards presented by the Association for International Broadcasters. In November 2016, John Momoh was sworn in as the Chairman of Broadcasting Organizations of Nigeria (BON)
John Momoh’s Sporting life:
John Momoh is an ardent sportsman who loves playing and watching football. He was also a fantastic football player in his youthful days. Due to his love for the round ladder game, John Momoh introduced the “Channels National Kids Cup”, a sport event for school children from sixteen Nigerian states in 2009. The competition which is for pupils in primary school under the ages of thirteen and operates with a philosophy of zero tolerance to age cheat. The ninth edition of the competition which was the first in its international series, saw schools from Ghana and Benin Republic compete with fourteen other schools chosen from the six geo-political zones in Nigeria. African Central Primary School located in Onibuku, Ado Odo Ota, Ogun state, Southwest Nigeria, were crowned the 2017 Channels television international kids cup champions on May 27. The African Central Primary School defeated Burhanudeen primary school located in Ojagboro, Ilorin, Kwara state 5-4 on penalties to win the ninth edition of the Channels International kids cup.
John Momoh’s Marital Life:
He is happily married to Sola, also a broadcaster, and they are blessed with three children. Happy 60th birthday, John Olatchy Momoh, one of the finest media moguls Nigeria has ever produced………………………………..from (ALEDEH Team).