About Ohimai

Ohimai

Born on September 9, 1984, Ohimai Godwin Amaize holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and French (Combined Honours) from Nigeria’s premier university, the University of Ibadan and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Managing for Integrity from the Central European University, Budapest, Hungary.

With a strong passion for youth development advocacy, Ohimai’s earliest backgrounds in the youth space date back to his undergraduate days where he was elected president of the Union of Campus Journalists (UCJ), University of Ibadan, the body responsible for over 2,500 campus journalists and over 70 press agencies in Nigeria’s oldest university.

After his National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) assignment at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Abuja, Ohimai began his career in 2008 in brand consulting as Brand Consultant, Brand Development, Research & Strategy at ADSTRAT BMC Ltd, Lagos, Nigeria.

In May 2009, Ohimai left ADSTRAT and proceeded to work as Research Assistant to pioneer Chairman of Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mallam Nuhu Ribadu. He was subsequently appointed Creative Director at the Youth Media & Communication Initiative, YMCI (now Africa Centre for Media Literacy, ACML), Abuja.

Ohimai is a voluntary adviser to numerous youth-led non-profit initiatives and has received several awards and nominations in recognition of his dynamic efforts. He has handled the Popular Culture Programme of Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and worked as a member of the founding team of the Commission’s Strategy and Re-orientation Unit (SARU).

In October 2008, he was inducted Ambassador, Microsoft Internet Safety, Security and Privacy Initiative for Nigeria (MISSPIN). As a Microsoft Ambassador, he designed B.L.I.N.G. (Brilliant. Legitimate. Inspired. Nigerian. Great.) – a pop-culture strategy with which he assembled some of Nigeria’s top music artistes to produce the song/music video – “Maga No Need Pay” – Nigeria’s first ever music collaboration against cyber-crimes.

In August 2010 at the age of 26, he was appointed National Coordinator of the Dele Momodu Presidential Campaign Organisation, making him the world’s youngest presidential campaign manager in modern democratic history.

In September 2011, Ohimai was appointed Special Assistant on Advocacy to Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi then Nigeria’s Minister of Youth Development. He served in that capacity till May 2012 when Mallam Abdullahi was appointed Minister of Sports. In the Sports Ministry, Ohimai was saddled with a new assignment as Special Assistant to the Minister on Youth, School and Grassroots Sports till March 2014. In April 2014, he was appointed Special Assistant on Media Strategy to Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, the Nigerian Minister of State for Defence and served in that capacity till October 2014.

In November 2012, he was appointed member of the Board of the Nigeria Academicals Sports Committee (NASCOM). He was subsequently appointed Board Secretary, a position he holds till this day. As Board Secretary of NASCOM, Ohimai is notable for initiating the Rhythm N’ Play campaign – a grassroots sports mobilization campaign targeted at bringing an additional 2 million Nigerian school children into sports within a period of two years. Former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan launched the campaign in Abuja in June 2013.

Widely known to have espoused radical views for youth representation in governance and youth participation in politics, in 2014, Ohimai led a group of young professionals within Nigeria’s ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to form the group – Rethink Nigeria. The group advocates for 30 percent inclusion of credible and competent Nigerian youth in all political appointments at the Federal and state levels as well as promoting the politics of ideas and innovation.

Popularly known as “Mr. Fix Nigeria” for his passion towards nation-building, Ohimai has facilitated sessions at key national youth development platforms including the RISE National Youth Interactive Forum, LEAP Africa Integrity Institute, Guardians of the Nation International (GOTNI) National Youth Leadership and Economic Summit among others.

Ohimai served as pioneer Boss of The Underground – Nigeria’s first ever Christian Nightclub – a specialized outreach ministry founded by Holyhill Church, Abuja and designed to cater to the spiritual needs of the un-churched youth.

He was until May 29, 2015 Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the Honourable Minister of State II, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Nigeria.

In October 2015, Ohimai took a break from politics announcing his disengagement from partisan politics with his exit from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

He is the founder of online newspaper, SIGNAL and CEO of Olivier Pope Inc – an image crisis management company specialized in the use of new media technology for brand development and management.

He is married to the love of his life – UK trained award-winning fashion designer, Tessy Oliseh-Amaize. As a pastime, Ohimai can be seen modeling his wife’s designs.

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