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YNaija has released the 2018 issue of #YNaijaPowerList for Media – "an appeal by the most powerful Nigerian influencers under 40," says the platform.

Y! /, the Internet newspaper for young Nigerians, publishes the power list for the seventh year to celebrate political decision makers, decision makers, change agents and influencers in Nigeria.

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Mercy Abang

Mercy Abang is a journalist, publisher, environmental consultant and social media connoisseur. She worked as a media assistant for the former Governor of Cross River, reported to the United Nations as a United Nations journalist (Dag Hammarksjold) in 2017 and played roles for BBC and Al Jazeera teams. Abang operates the news site NewsWireNGR, an online newspaper created in 2013 to document stories of underserved populations in media outlets around the world.

Bada Akintunde-Johnson

Bada Akintunde-Johnson, a former broadcast journalist and advertising expert, is Country Manager for Viacom International Media Networks Africa, a giant that houses lifestyle brands such as MTV Base, BET, Nickelodeon and Comedy Central in the Nigerian market. Akintunde-Johnson positions itself as a single point of contact for the Nigeria business of Viacom Africa and positions the brand's visibility.


Love it or hate it, you go to Instablog9ja to learn about your gossip and news and everything else in between. No other online platform is as important as Instablog. Period. The numbers do not lie. Over 1.8 million followers on Instagram are eagerly consuming over 47,000 posts, each of which gets a commitment even older media platforms dream of. To get a snapshot of Instagram's cultural seal of approval, look no further than the circus that surrounds the actual property of the handle. Instablog9ja not only announces gossip, but gossip.

Sonia Irabor

Sonia Irabor has been with Genevieve Magazine since the beginning as a precocious teenage correspondent and columnist. In 2017, she took on the editorial role, one that her mother, Betty Irabor, had quietly prepared for her, even while studying abroad. Genevieve Magazine continues to be a leader in lifestyle glossies and has prevailed over many competitors in its fifteen years of existence. Sonia Irabor has not rocked the boat and tried to increase the magazine's online presence while gaining a younger generation of subscribers.

Muyiwa Matuluko

Matuluko is co-founder of Techpremier Media Ltd, publisher of, the country's leading tech site. As Editor-in-Chief of Techpoint, Matuluko leads a dynamic media outfit that aggressively covers tech and business events with in-depth award-winning reportage. The annual Techpoint Build is a busy conference and exhibition event that connects startups and SMEs with opportunities, while Techpoint Inspired brings together virtually everyone in the tech value chain to explore emerging trends.

Chidera Muoka

Since Chidera Muoka took over the editorial duties at Guardian Life, the trendy weekly pull-out has regained its status as the magazine of record time for Generation Z. The Guardian newspapers have worked to reduce some of the stickiness that has shaped their presentation over the years. The decision to hire younger, bolder talents to achieve that goal proved wise when Muoka – under the umbrella of the Ventra Media Group – repositioned Guardian Life through vibrant cover stories, trendy profiles, and eye-catching photo shoots.

Damilola Odufuwa

For the generation of Nigerians who are consuming content insatiable on their cell phones, Damilola Odufuwa is something of a national treasure. She led newsrooms on and Konbini, where she oversaw a selection of young writers, video editors, and producers to create unique visual content for young African millennials. Odufuwa joined CNN in July where she works as a producer for CNN Africa's social affairs department.

Toyosi Ogunseye

Ogunseye became the first female editor in the history of the Punch newspaper when she was promoted to editor of the Sunday Punch. Ogunseye, multiple winner of the African Journalist Award CNN / Multichoice, joined the BBC World Service in January as Head of Language Services for West Africa and manages the channels Hausa, Igbo, Pidgin and Yoruba. Ogunseye is a Mandela Washington Fellow and was the first Nigerian to receive the prestigious Knight International Journalism Award for her investigative reports.

Hannah Ojo

Hannah Ojo is a reporter for The Nation Newspaper, dedicated to the quality of her work. Ojo's work spanning development, technology and social justice has earned her numerous journalism awards and scholarships. She has won prizes at the Nigeria Media Merits Awards and the Zimeo Awards. Ojo was also a recipient of media scholarships organized by BudgIT, News Corp, the Thomson Reuters Foundation, and the International Center for Journalists. Ojo reported on the 2018 UN General Assembly as a rehab al-Farra journalist.

Fisayo Soyombo

While at TheCable, Soyombo proved to be an avid editor and excellent investigative journalist. And he has the international accolades and is known for showing some of his efforts. When he joined the International Center for Investigative Reporting (ICIR), an independent, not-for-profit news agency that funded his influential Forgotten Soldiers series, it made perfect sense. This year, Soyombo joined Sahara Reporters and published investigations into the health system and police corruption at state borders.

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