President Bola Tinubu has made his first set of appointments naming Ambassador Kunle Adeleke as the State Chief of Protocol (SCOP) to the President; former Lagos State Commissioner of Information, Mr. Dele Alake as Presidential Spokesman and Mr. Olusegun Dada Special Adviser, Digital Media. AMBASSADOR VICTOR ADEKUNLE ADELEKE was born in 1967 in Ibadan, Oyo
President Bola Tinubu has made his first set of appointments naming Ambassador Kunle Adeleke as the State Chief of Protocol (SCOP) to the President; former Lagos State Commissioner of Information, Mr. Dele Alake as Presidential Spokesman and Mr. Olusegun Dada Special Adviser, Digital Media.
AMBASSADOR VICTOR ADEKUNLE ADELEKE was born in 1967 in Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria. He graduated from the prestigious Obafemi Awolowo University, lle-Ife with a Bachelor of Laws degree (with Honours) In June 1990. He then proceeded to the Nigerian Law School, Victoria Island, Lagos for his professional training to become a Barrister and Advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in 1991. He was called to the Nigerian Bar by the Body of Benchers on 10th December 1991. He joined the Foreign Service In 1993.
After his diplomatic training at the Nigerian Foreign Service Academy, Lagos in 1994, he served in various capacities at home and abroad, including, Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Office of the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Office of the Permanent Secretary (MFA), Administration Department, legal & Treaties Division, Physical Planning Division, Global Institutions Division, Overseas Communications & ICT Division as well as in the Protocol Department, as Deputy Chief of Protocol/Acting Chief of Protocol.
He also served as an Assistant Director of Protocol to three of Nigeria’s former Presidents, viz: President Olusegun Obasanjo (2007), President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua (2007-2010), and President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan (2010) at the State House Protocol, Aso Rock Presidential Villa, Abuja. Also, while at Headquarters, he served as an active member of various Special Committees as well as Top Management and Policy-making Committees in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Ambassador ADELEKE had served in many of Nigeria’s diplomatic missions notably Beijing, (China), Brasilia (Brazil), Warsaw (Poland), London (United Kingdom), and Dublin (Ireland), where he was Deputy Head of Mission. He was part of Nigeria’s delegation for the legal review of the Constitutive Act of the African Union in 2002 and to several Summits and International Conferences of ECOWAS, the African Union, the Commonwealth, the Community of Democracies, the Group of Seven (7) and the United Nations High-Level meetings (both in Geneva and New York) at different times in his career.
Mr. Oladele Henry Alake
Mr. Dele Alake served as the Special Adviser on Media and Strategy to President Bola Tinubu in the run down to the 2023 elections. A long-time Associate and confidant of the President, Mr. Alake was the Commissioner for Information to Bola Ahmed Tinubu as Governor of Lagos state for two terms.
A native of Ikoro-Ekiti in Ekiti state, he was a former Editor of defunct National Concord through which he got involved in active politics in Nigeria as the communication advisor and confidant of Chief Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola – the winner of the annulled June 12 presidential election in Nigeria in 1993.
In December 2014, Mr. Dele Alake resurfaced in national politics in Nigeria through his appointment as the director of Media and Communication of the Buhari Campaign Organisation to help Nigeria’s former head of state, General Muhammadu Buhari to victory in the presidential election in Nigeria in February 2015.
Mr. Olusegun Dada Special Adviser Digital Media
He is a well known Digital Strategist, who has worked in the Presidency since 2015. Mr. Dada started his journey at the University of Lagos and continued with a master’s degree in Information Technology. He has transitioned from overseeing the delivery of technology solutions to leading full-scale commercialization & investor attraction efforts for IT products.
He founded, managed, and invested in multiple businesses including (but not limited to) IT Horizons (ITH), and Zoja Technologies (Zojatech). With these two companies, he is driving technology innovation. IT Horizons provides technology-enabled solutions and professional services for today’s businesses and innovation that shapes the business world of tomorrow.
Zojatech is a Software firm that builds innovative products backed by research, that addresses some of Nigeria & Africa’s most pressing business and personal challenges by leveraging young talents around the world.
Mr. Dada has proven himself excellent in organizational and strategic management, having worked with, and developed products and solutions for top players in various industries. Alongside his team, they have worked with the Telecommunications, Upstream & Downstream Oil & Gas, Banking & Financial Services as well as Public and Insurance Sectors, and the everyday user of their products.
In March 2022, Tinubu invited Dada to his house after he lost the APC National Youth Leader Post via consensus to Dayo Israel. Dada who is a staunch member of the party and is very vocal about the activities of the party on Twitter, wept as he stood on the stage to announce his withdrawal.
In a statement he released thereafter, he wrote: “What happened a few hours ago at the Eagle Square is a clear indication that the Party will always be supreme. No aspiration is bigger than the Party hence my stepping aside to enable the party exercise her most preferred mechanism in selecting the Youth Leader of the Party as well as other positions in the party structure via consensus.