Michael Evbrohonren Owhoko, also known as (aka) Mibroko, (born 27th July) is a Nigerian journalist, author, media and public relations practitioner.(1)
He was a former spokesman for Gaslink Nigeria Limited and Communications representative for Addax Petroleum Nigeria Limited.(2)(3)(4).
He is an accomplished author with several books to his credit.(5)(6)(7)(8)(9).
He is the Founder of Media Issues, an online newspaper found at www.mediaissuesng.com.
Born July 27, 1965
Residence Lagos, Lagos State, Nigeria
Alma mater University of Ilorin, Nigeria
Michael Owhoko was born in an oil city known as Emadadja in Udu Local Government Area of Delta State, Nigeria. He is the son of late Chief Owhoko Gheghe, a palm oil merchant and former Chief Judge of Udu Customary Court, Udu LGA, Delta State. In an effort to expose him to city life, his mother, late Mrs Mipheren Owhoko sent him to live with her younger sister in Warri at the age of 7 where he grew into adulthood. He later took up employment in the Pipelines and Products Marketing Company (PPMC), a subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) in 1979 during which he was actively involved in union activities as National Executive member of PPMC Branch of the National Union of Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) and later the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN). His quest for university education prompted him to resign in 1994 to actualize his dreams.
Owhoko had his early education in Warri where he obtained his primary and secondary education before proceeding to the University of Ilorin, Nigeria where he obtained a B.Sc. degree in Political Science in 1987.After work experience, he proceeded to the University of Lagos where he obtained an M.Sc. in Political Science in 1999, and thereafter obtained a Post Graduate Diploma in Mass Communications in 2001 also from the University of Lagos.
In 2020, he enrolled for a Ph.D Programme at the Selinus University of Sciences and Literature. After a successful defence of his thesis in 2021, Owhoko was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) in Political Science.2
He also holds professional training certificates in Public Relations and Corporate Communications from the Institute of Leadership and Management through EUROMATECH in the United Kingdom and Dubai. Besides, he attended training programmes in Public Relations and Press Management organized by ReCh Management Centre, London, United Kingdom.
At different times, Michael Owhoko also acquired media and communications training from the Lagos Business School and Pan-Atlantic University, Lagos, Nigeria as well as training in Public Relations and Effective Communication organized by the Financial Institutions Training Centre and Phillip Consulting respectively in 1992.
Besides, he holds a mini-Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Supply Chain Management.
His career as a journalist took its root from a weekly newspaper, The Metropolitan, where he was recruited as a Staff Reporter in 1989, from where he joined the then Nationwide Merchant Bank in 1991, serving in various departments within the bank before exiting in 1997 as Head, Administration. He later joined the services of Financial Telegraph newspaper on the Energy Desk before proceeding to join The Diet newspaper. Owhoko was later recruited by the Daily Times of Nigeria, becoming the Energy Editor of the Business Times, during which, he ran an energy column, wrote energy related editorials and contributed series of stories and articles which served as source of research materials for the oil and gas industry.
In 2001, he was invited by the Managing Director of Gaslink Nigeria Limited3 to join the services of the company as head of the Public Relations Department where he functioned at management level and as spokesman of the organisation responsible for media, community, public and government relations matters. Owhoko was awarded a certificate of merit by the company in October 2002 for his outstanding contribution to the successful completion and commissioning of Ikeja 1B Gas Distribution Project.
Between 2004 and 2006, Michael Owhoko joined the services of Owel-Linkso Group4at management level as Public Relations Manager and spokesman responsible for analysis and articulation of government, public, media and community related issues. It was from this position Owhoko joined Addax Petroleum Development Nigeria Limited in 2006 as Communications Representative5, developing and editing some of the company’s literatures to highlight company’s operations,including the in-house magazine, Inside Addax, which serve as materials at major oil and gas conferences and exhibition. Besides, Owhoko has also represented the company at several other events, including the Public Relations Sub-Committee of the Oil Producers’ Trade Section (OPTS) of the Lagos Chambers of Commerce and Industries (LCCI).
He was appointed into the Council of the Nigerian Gas Association (NGA), an affiliate of the International Gas Union (IGU) as Publicity Secretary in 2000. During his tenure, he initiated and pioneered the publication of a bi-annual gas journal, the Nigerian Gas,becoming the pioneer editor of the magazine,which serves as reference materials for members and the oil and gas industry. Besides, Owhoko was appointed in 2018 and 2020 respectively by the Association to a three-man electoral committee to conduct credible election of officers into the Association’s Council.
In 1999, Michael Owhoko was appointed and sponsored by the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG) as delegate to the 7th Nigerian Economic Summit held in Abuja where he actively participated in the plenary sessions of the Oil & Gas Sub-Committee.
Michael Owhoko has also been appointed into various committees in the media and oil and gas industry, including industry committee for the organization of the then West Africa Offshore Conference which provided industry support for hosting of the conference.
Also in 2008, Owhoko was appointed into the National Committee of the Nigeria Oil and Gas Industry Games (NOGIG) where he was elected 2nd Vice Chairman in 2010 to plan, organize and drive the games with the international, indigenous and servicing oil companies as participants.
He was also a member of a three-man committee appointed in 2008 by the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) to produce Bye Laws for the regulation of Journalists’ Estate, a pioneer housing estate for journalists in Nigeria located at Arepo, Ogun State.6
Michael Owhoko is a member of some professional associations and clubs, among which are the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR)7, Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), Nigerian Gas Association (NGA)8, and Association of Energy Correspondents of Nigeria (NAEC) which honoured him with a Merit Award for Outstanding Service in 2012. Others are Ikoyi Club 1938 and Rotary Club of Ikoyi, District 9110 Nigeria.9
Books and selected publications
- Michael Owhoko, The Language of Oil and Gas, Bloomington, IN. Archway Publishing, 2020. ISBN 978-1-4808-9085-5; ISBN: 978-1-4808-9086-2.10
- Michael Owhoko, Career Frustration in the Workplace, Bloomington, IN. IUniverse, 2016. ISBN-10: 1491785527; ISBN-13: 978-1491785522.11
- Michael Owhoko, Nigeria on the Precipice: Issues, Options and Solutions, Bloomington, IN. IUniverse, 2017.ISBN-10: 1532024967; ISBN-13: 978-1532024962.12
- Michael Owhoko, The Future of Nigeria, Bloomington, IN. Archway Publishing, 2020I. ISBN 978-1-4808-9083-1; ISBN978-1-4808-9084-8.13
- Michael Owhoko, Feminism: The Agony of Men, Bloomington, IN. WestBow Press, 2019. ISBN 978-1-9736-4711-9; ISBN 978-1-9736-4712-6; ISBN 978-1-9736-4710-2.14
- Michael Owhoko, Open Letter to President Buhari for relocation of oil companies to Niger Delta region, https://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2019/04/09/an-open-letter-to-president-buhari-2/15
- Michael Owhoko, Open Letter to CBN Governor over health of Nigerian banks, https://thewillnigeria.com/news/opinion-an-open-letter-to-cbn-governor-godwin-emefiele-over-health-of-nigerian-banks/16
- Michael Owhoko, Open Letter to President Buhari over planned Naira devaluation, https://punchng.com/open-letter-to-buhari-over-planned-naira-devaluation/17
- Michael Owhoko, How ethnicity will destroy Nigeria, https://guardian.ng/opinion/how-ethnicity-will-destroy-nigeria/18
- Michael Owhoko, The woman as an enigma, https://guardian.ng/opinion/the-woman-as-an-enigma/19
- Michael Owhoko, The scam in the Biafran agitation process, https://opinion.premiumtimesng.com/2020/02/05/the-scam-in-the-biafran-agitation-process-by-michael-owhoko/20
- Michael Owhoko, Rescuing and safeguarding the future of journalism in Nigeria, https://guardian.ng/opinion/rescuing-and-safeguarding-the-future-of-journalism-in-nigeria/21
- Michael Owhoko, North-South imbalance: Nigeria in free fall to self destruct, https://opinion.premiumtimesng.com/2020/08/05/north-south-imbalance-nigeria-in-free-fall-to-self-destruct-by-michael-owhoko/22
- Michael Owhoko, NDDC, Oil communities and 13 percent derivation, https://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2020/11/16/nddc-oil-communities-and-13-per-cent-derivation/23
- Michael Owhoko, How lack of clean water is driving up diseases in Lekki, https://www.thecable.ng/how-lack-of-clean-water-is-driving-up-diseases-in-lekki 24
- Michael Owhoko, Southern leaders and Nigeria’s constitution, https://thenationonlineng.net/southern-leaders-and-nigerias-constitutions/25
- Michael Owhoko, Why the Water Resources Bill must be rejected, https://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2021/10/10/why-the-water-resources-bill-must-be-rejected/26
- Michael Owhoko, https://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2022/01/31/oil-is-owned-by-niger-delta/27
- Oluwatosin Omojuyigbe, November 6, 2018, Expert warns FG against danger of emigration: https://punchng.com/expert-warns-fg-against-danger-of-emigration/
- Peter Uzoho, June 16, 2020, Oil Industry Receives Boost with Book on Jargons: https://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2020/06/16/oil-industry-receives-boost-with-book-on-jargons/
- Hannah Hickok, OCT 10, 2016, How Experts Handle Office Drama – 5 Savvy, Expert-Backed Strategies for Dealing with Office Drama, Style Caster magazine. https://stylecaster.com/how-to-handle-drama-at-work/
- Bayo Ogumupe, 26 October 2017, The Guardian newspaper: https://guardian.ng/features/referendum-as-stepping-stone-for-rescuing-nigeria-from-the-precipice/
- Bayo Ogunmupe, 14 June 2020, https://guardian.ng/art/how-men-agonise-over-feminism/