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University professional administrators honour Runsewe


Vice Chancellor, Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU), Prof. Ganiyu Olatunji Olatunde (l); Director General, National Council for Art & Culture, Otunba Olusegun Runsewe; Registrar, OOU, Mrs. Omolara Osunsanya; and Prof. Michael Olufisayo Ologunde, during the presentation of Distinguished Service Award in Administration to Otunba Runsewe by Nigerian University Professional Administrators, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye.

Otunba Olusegun Runsewe, Director General of National Council for Arts and Culture, was last Thursday, February 23, honoured with a Distinguished Service Award in Administration by the Olabisi Onabanjo chapter of Nigerian University Professional Administrators.  

The event witnessed a lecture titled, ‘Reflections On Nigerian University and the Quest for National Development, Problems and Prospects, delivered by Professor Michael Olufisayo Ologunde, representing Professor Oladapo Afolabi.

Born in Kaduna to the family of Pa Bankole Runsewe from Ogun State, Otunba Olusegun Runsewe attended St. Michael Primary School, Kaduna, before proceeding to Vohoeven Technical College, Minna (now Government Technical College).


He holds an MBA in Marketing from Edo State University and HND in Management Studies from London School for Executives.

He also has a Diploma in Public Relations from the London School of Management Studies and a Professional Certificate in Estate and Property Management from Kaduna Polytechnic.

Otunba Runsewe has remained a consistent phenomenon in the Media, Culture and Tourism Sector in Nigeria since the last three decades. He worked as a Marketing Manager at the New Nigerian Newspaper and rose to the position of General Manager.

He also worked as Head/CEO, Sports Weekly and was Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of National Network Newspapers. He was also the Media Coordinator, Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) 2013, Abuja, Nigeria.

Otunba Runsewe was appointed Executive Director at the National Orientation Agency in 2000, a position he held until his appointment as the Director General of Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) in August 2006. His tenure at NTDC was a watershed in the development of the tourism sector in Nigeria. His aggressive marketing tourism campaign, anchored on the catching phrase: “Tourism is Life.” This gave the Nigerian tourism industry unprecedented national and international visibility.

Otunba Runsewe is a fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations; Chairman, Nigerian Sports Writers Association; Chairman, Board of Nigerian Institute of Journalism; Fellow of Institute of Management (FIM); and Fellow, Association of Business Executives (FABE), London.

A detribalized Nigerian, he holds several titles from different parts of the country, including Danbura Kabi, Kebbi-State; Obiagu I of Igbo Ukwu, Anambra state, among others.

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