The vibrant Nigerian media space this past weekend welcomed a new online newspaper, SIGNAL.
SIGNAL is owned by Ohimai Amaize, a media practitioner and youth leader also known by the name, Mr. Fix Nigeria. This venture follows Amaize’s four-year stint as a ministerial aide in four federal ministries – Youth Development, Foreign Affairs, Sports, and Defence.
“Media has always been in my blood. Long before my days as president of the Union of Campus Journalists (UCJ), University of Ibadan, I’ve always had this dream of impacting society using the platform of media,” he revealed. “I grew up closely watching and following the careers of global media moguls like Ted Turner of CNN and Rupert Murdoch of NewsCorp. Somehow, I knew that someday I was going to find myself in the same path.”
“I am excited about SIGNAL. It’s a brand that is being built from scratch and I can only watch, work and pray hard to nurture it to the heights where God has shown me it would stand amongst the biggest media brands on earth”, he said.
In 2011, Amaize made headlines when he became the youngest manager of a presidential campaign in Nigeria’s recent democratic history. He managed the campaign for Dele Momodu.
Amaize began his blistering career in brand and media management when he joined Adstrat Communications Limited in 2008, straight off his national youth service year spent with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
“SIGNAL is not about competing with anyone or any platform. It’s more about providing a unique and radically different alternative to what I call the ‘content boredom’ that is so common out there in online publishing,” he submitted in response to a question on how he would stand out in an intensely competitive online space.
Amaize holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and French (Combined Honours) from the University of Ibadan and a post-graduate certificate in Managing for Integrity at the Central European University, Budapest, Hungary. He sits as CEO at Olivier Pope Inc – an image crisis management company.
On what readers should expect from SIGNAL, Amaize told The Trent, “We will break stories, we will conduct investigations, we will entertain our audiences and we will empower a new generation of online media consumers with the power of information in a revolutionary age of new media.”
“And we will achieve this creatively without the sweat that comes with the rat race and competition with others,” he declared.
SIGNAL was launched on 3rd October, 2015.