The team of The Crest comprises world class journalists and award- winning editors.
The Captain of the team is SHOLA OSHUNKEYE, the overall winner of the CNN/MultiChoice African Journalist of the Year, 2006; a Fellow of the Poynter Institute For Media Studies, St. Petersburg, Florida; a Fellow of the CNN International Professional Programme, IPP; an alumnus of The International Visitor Leadership Programme, the United States Department of State’s premier professional exchange programme, Washington; a member of the International Press Institute, IPI; and a distinguished Member of the Nigerian Guild of Editors, NGE.
Oshunkeye trained as a Science Technologist at the University of Lagos, and holds a Higher National Diploma, HND, in Science Technology (Chemistry and Biochemistry option) from the Nigerian Institute of Science Technology, NIST. Before he retired from the Nigerian Stored Products Research Institute, NSPRI, Ilorin, then a parastatal under the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology, he earned a Post-Graduate Diploma from the Nigerian in Journalism, NIJ, in 1989, where he emerged the best graduating student.
Oshunkeye started his journalism career at the defunct Concord Press of Nigeria, in 1990, as senior correspondent, attached to the trail-blazing Nigeria’s premier Saturday newspaper, Weekend Concord. The highly successful tabloid was midwifed by the dynamic duo of Chief Mike Awoyinfa and the late Pastor Dimgba Igwe, who both trained and mentored the budding journalist. In 1999, Oshunkeye succeeded Awoyinfa as Editor of Weekend Concord.
Following the collapse of Concord Press, Oshunkeye, in June 2001, joined TELL magazine, Nigeria’s foremost investigative/news weekly as Associate Editor/Abuja Bureau Chief/State House Correspondent, covering President Olusegun Obasanjo between 2001 and 2005. Months after his elevation as TELL’s Senior Associate Editor, he moved to The Sun Publishing Limited as General Editor. That was on November 1, 2005. In 2008, he was mandated to birth and edit a new upscale tabloid in The Sun group, titled The Spectator. On November 11, 2013, Sun Publisher, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, appointed Shola Oshunkeye as Managing Director/Editor-in-Chief of the company’s subsidiary in Ghana, The Sun Publishing Ghana Limited. He served on that beat till his retirement in July 2016.
Shola Oshunkeye currently serves as President of Crest Publishing and Entertainment Company Limited, publishers of The Crest online newspaper, and its sister organisation, Crest Journalism Enhancement Foundation, CJEF.
Oshunkeye is married to Funsho, and together, they are blessed with Godly children and grandchildren.
Until he pitched his tent with Crest Publishing and Entertainment Company Limited, as Vice President, Steve Nwosu was Deputy Managing Director/Deputy Editor-in-Chief of The Sun Publishing Limited, publishers of The Sun titles.
A columnist and journalist of 26 years standing, Nwosu is the author of the popular Franktalk, a weekly satirical column on the back page of Daily Sun.
This 1991 graduate of Mass Communication, from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, started his journalism career as a Staff Reporter on the Features Desk of The Guardian, where he covered virtually every beat, ranging from Education to Politics, Judiciary, Health, Society and Lifestyle and Business.
He would leave The Guardian for THISDAY, in 1996. It was at THISDAY that his career came to full bloom. Between 1996 and 2000, Nwosu went from Correspondent to become Features Editor; Deputy Editor, Thisday on Saturday; Member, Editorial Board; and Editor, Thisday on Saturday. He also had the responsibility of repositioning THISDAY style, as the pioneer editor of the new THISDAYStyle.
In December 2002, Steve Nwosu teamed up with the pioneering team of Mike Awoyinfa, the late Dimgba Igwe, Femi Adesina and several others, to birth The Sun Newspapers. He was the pioneer Editor of Saturday Sun.
He would later edit the flagship title, Daily Sun, for five years, and moved on to become General Editor. He later joined the company’s Board as Executive Director, Corporate Services. In June 2015, he became Deputy Managing Director/Deputy Editor-in-Chief of The Sun Publishing Limited, a position he held until his resignation in March 2018.
An alumnus of the Lagos Business School, Nwosu is currently part of a team birthing a pan-African television station billed to hit the airwaves in a few weeks hence.
He had his primary and secondary education in Bacita and Ilorin, both in Kwara State, where he attended Federal Government College,
Ilorin. He was the all-time best graduating A/Levels student.
A member of several professional and social associations, Nwosu sits on the board of a handful of business and humanitarian organizations.
He currently represents the South West on the Standing Committee of the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE).
Steve Nwosu is married to Toyin, and the marriage is blessed with glorious children.
Ben Memuletiwon, a.k.a. Big Ben, comes on board The Crest with a superb wealth of experience in journalism and international relations. Until he joined the team, he was the Editor of National Mirror, a Lagos-based national newspaper, published by billionaire businessman, Jimoh Ibrahim.
After a successful career as a teacher, Memuletiwon began his journalism career in 1992 at the Weekend Concord, Nigeria’s premier Saturday newspaper, and for many years the country’s largest circulating tabloid. He rose to become the Assistant Editor of the highly successful newspaper in 1998, before joining the Anchor newspaper as Sports Editor in 2001. A year later, he moved to The Sun newspaper as Group Sports Editor, a position he held till he joined SportsDay newspaper as Executive Editor in 2008. In 2014, he crossed over to National Mirror as General Editor.
A distinguished sports journalist, Big Ben has covered four FIFA World Cup tournaments, the largest soccer fiesta on the globe; three Olympic Games; three Africa Nations Cup championships; one Commonwealth Games; one CAF Champions League final and Confederation Cup final apiece, to mention just a few.
Memuletiwon, who holds a B.A. (English) and M.Sc. (International Relations) degrees from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, is the Editor-in-Chief of The Crest newspaper. He is happily married and blessed with beautiful children.