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Otorisirieze Obi-young Gets New Job After Sack by Islie: 10:54am On May 24, 2020
A former deputy editor of Brittle paper, Otorisirieze Obi-young, who was sacked under controversial circumstances, has gotten a new job.

The journalist, who was axed over editorial concerns trailing a controversial post about Kaduna State’s first lady, Hadiza El-Rufai, and alleged insubordination, has been named the editor of Folio.ng, a pan-African platform for cultural and literary advancements.

His appointment was contained in a statement by the management of Folio Group, publishers of Daily Times Newspaper, issued in Abuja.

The newspaper’s statement read: “We are proud to welcome a great talent on-board. Otosirieze Obi-Young is an award-winning writer and editor.

“He won the inaugural The Future Awards Africa Prize for Literature in 2019 and was among Avance Media’s 2020 list of the 100 most influential young Nigerians.

“His short stories and literary commentary have appeared in The Threepenny Review and Transition.

“In 2018, he was named a judge for The Gerald Kraak Prize. In 2019, he joined the judging panel for The MilesMorland Foundation Writing Scholarship. He is (was) an editor at 14, Nigeria’s first queer art collective, and is the founder of the Art Naija Series anthologies.”

Controversial sack

Mr Obi-Young, who had been deputy editor of Brittle Paper since 2016, was dismissed following disagreements with the paper’s publisher after he wrote a scathing piece on Mrs El-Rufai.

His post chided Mrs El-Rufai for issuing a controversial tweet after her son, Bello El-Rufai, posted a tweet filled with rape innuendos on Twitter.

The younger El-Rufai has since apologised publicly.


The paper’s publisher, Aniehi Edoro, had expressed concerns about Mr Obi-young’s criticism of some Nigerian papers on the issue and also faulted the use of the term, ‘gang rape’ in the article’s title.

She then asked him to re-edit the piece. Although Mr Obi-Young agreed to effect some changes, “he refused to change the headline – which led to the misunderstanding,” she had explained.

Ms Edoro, later defending the sack, said Mr Obi-Young, “after flouting editorial guidelines of the company was unwilling to make changes in the report.”

“Unfortunately, this all occurred at a time I had to prepare time sensitive lectures for my students, and without sufficient time to edit the post. The time difference between Nigeria and the U.S. also left me with little time to act quickly, so I pulled the post down as the exigent thing to do.”

She added that “the ex-deputy editor hung up the phone when she attempted to have a conversation (with him).”

Elated

The young editor said he had no regrets about leaving his former employment.

“I do not regret that I did the right thing. Not at all. I think that everyone should look back at their roles and responses to what happened and decide what they want to feel; and no matter what they decide, there’s only one right side,” he said.

Sharing his excitement about his new post, he said “his vision for creative freedom allies with the Times Multimedia’s vision for Folio NG.”

“I am excited that Times Multimedia’s vision and mine for Folio NG are in full alliance. My sense of urgency is always, when I am not doing much, on an 8. Now it’s on the roof because we are looking to build a pioneering platform.

“I’ve always thought of how to do things differently and with greater significance, but because I have worked mostly in literature; I am also familiar with feeling helpless in terms of execution— no funding.

“So this is the first time that I have the necessary creative freedom, and the full backing of TMM, to pursue the collective vision I was hired to realise,” he said.

https://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/more-news/394124-controversially-sacked-nigerian-journalist-gets-new-job.html

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Re: Otorisirieze Obi-young Gets New Job After Sack by dingbang(m): 10:56am On May 24, 2020
Make he come share sallah meat for the boys

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Re: Otorisirieze Obi-young Gets New Job After Sack by OFFICIAL336: 11:00am On May 24, 2020
You can never silence an Igboman.

Congratulations to Eze

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Re: Otorisirieze Obi-young Gets New Job After Sack by BlowYourMind: 11:02am On May 24, 2020
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Re: Otorisirieze Obi-young Gets New Job After Sack by Ipromote: 11:03am On May 24, 2020
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Re: Otorisirieze Obi-young Gets New Job After Sack by decatalyst(m): 11:36am On May 24, 2020
That's it!

If you are good and grounded in whatever you do, it wouldn't be hard to rise again after a fall.

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Re: Otorisirieze Obi-young Gets New Job After Sack by Babapyro: 3:40pm On May 24, 2020
Congratulobia
Re: Otorisirieze Obi-young Gets New Job After Sack by lafuria1(m): 3:40pm On May 24, 2020
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Re: Otorisirieze Obi-young Gets New Job After Sack by Issiijay(m): 3:41pm On May 24, 2020
That's life
Re: Otorisirieze Obi-young Gets New Job After Sack by Godons1: 3:41pm On May 24, 2020
Trash

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Re: Otorisirieze Obi-young Gets New Job After Sack by MANNABBQGRILLS: 3:41pm On May 24, 2020
Congratulations to him.
When one door closes, another one opens.
#InsideLife

Jakemedg:
first time i am agreeing with you
We see your type of posts on a daily basis.
More than 400 of such this month alone.
Anyways, congrats to you along with your type.
We'll keep standing for the truth even if most of you misunderstood our stance for a better Nigeria.
Which we have explained severally but you all turned blind eyes to it.
Nuff said on that.
Have a great week.
Stay safe.
Jakemedg:
The fact that you didn't allow sentiments becloud your sense of reasoning is commendable. Barka da Sallah and have a great week
Barka de Sallah.
Nagode!

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Re: Otorisirieze Obi-young Gets New Job After Sack by Nobody: 3:41pm On May 24, 2020
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Re: Otorisirieze Obi-young Gets New Job After Sack by Zico5(m): 3:41pm On May 24, 2020
God has a way of promoting his loved ones against tyranny.

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Re: Otorisirieze Obi-young Gets New Job After Sack by seunmsg(m): 3:42pm On May 24, 2020
He got the job based on sentiment and emotions. He may not be able to keep it for long if he doesn’t make professionalisms and balanced reporting his guiding principles.

Journalists should be the watch dog of the society and not attack dog of a particular political party or politician. Once they become unfairly partisan, they lose focus and become a danger to the society. I wish him the very best in his new role.

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Re: Otorisirieze Obi-young Gets New Job After Sack by parzdor(m): 3:42pm On May 24, 2020
Tahs
Re: Otorisirieze Obi-young Gets New Job After Sack by Runaway: 3:42pm On May 24, 2020
Congratulations to him
Re: Otorisirieze Obi-young Gets New Job After Sack by SaintNegro77: 3:42pm On May 24, 2020
My brother, congratulations!!
God is on top of your matter.
Re: Otorisirieze Obi-young Gets New Job After Sack by ednut1(m): 3:43pm On May 24, 2020
Irony of life. When elrufia becomes president he may be his garba shehu or Adeshina grin

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Re: Otorisirieze Obi-young Gets New Job After Sack by CasNova: 3:43pm On May 24, 2020
Congrats and take care.
Re: Otorisirieze Obi-young Gets New Job After Sack by meobizy(f): 3:43pm On May 24, 2020
Life goes on.
Re: Otorisirieze Obi-young Gets New Job After Sack by Bola146(f): 3:43pm On May 24, 2020
Congratulations to him
Re: Otorisirieze Obi-young Gets New Job After Sack by Kingspin(m): 3:43pm On May 24, 2020
This kind of story sweet pass dollar o.



I think for those who plan to sack their workers for saying the truth should have a rethink.

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Re: Otorisirieze Obi-young Gets New Job After Sack by sylve11: 3:44pm On May 24, 2020
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Re: Otorisirieze Obi-young Gets New Job After Sack by onez: 3:44pm On May 24, 2020
Congrats on your new appointment.
Re: Otorisirieze Obi-young Gets New Job After Sack by ebujany(m): 3:44pm On May 24, 2020
Congratulations, this job is even bigger than the former plus his now an editor. When one door closes another opens

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Re: Otorisirieze Obi-young Gets New Job After Sack by Nobody: 3:44pm On May 24, 2020
No be today El rufai start to gag the press. Tyrant of Kaduna.

Otosirieze, Ur name sweet me die. E dey lead you dey go. Go do more exploit, them no fit stop you.

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Re: Otorisirieze Obi-young Gets New Job After Sack by Joefat: 3:45pm On May 24, 2020
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