CEO of Akweya TV Limited
Odoh Diego Okenyodo, the founder of Akweya TV, is passionate about driving positive change through communication. He is a seasoned development communication expert with a proven track record of leadership achievements. As the founder and the CEO of Akweya TV Limited, he has successfully established himself as a visionary in the field, dedicated to transforming the landscape of participatory communication in Africa.
In his role as CEO of Akweya TV Limited, he has realised his strategic vision of creating a development-focused broadcast station that empowers voices from across Africa. Akweya TV promotes language development and general cultural renaissance as a pathway for the future. Broadcasting on the terrestrial platform of the Nigerian Television Authority in Makurdi as well as on YouTube, the station has championed the broadcast of news and content in the Akweya language alongside English, thereby becoming a veritable instrument for modelling indigenous Nigerian languages as tools for development. Akweya TV Limited has led to social, political, educational and economic reawakening of the Akweya people, evidenced by remarkable changes in these spheres since the year 2020 when the company was incorporated.
Stories of Change
By providing a platform for participatory communication, Mr Okenyodo, through Akweya TV, has fostered dialogue, highlighted pressing challenges, and showcased inspiring stories of change. Through Akweya TV programmes, Okenyodo is empowering communities to become active agents in their own development, promoting inclusivity, and fostering a sense of ownership. Akweya TV has partnered with or sponsored many developmental activities of related organisations such as the Benue Heritage Festival, Akweya Children’s Carnival, the Akweya Teachers’ Assembly, Akweya Language Bible Translation, Kyegh Sha Shwa, Mba’Apostoli, and many more.
Career in Journalism and Development Communication
Trained as a pharmacist from the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Okenyodo has worked as a journalist with national media organisations such as the Daily Trust, and contributed his talents to international organisations such as the BBC Media Action, UNICEF and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). With advanced education in Development Communication, Okenyodo’s passion for leveraging media as a force for good has led him to becoming a global leader in participatory communication, driving positive change on a larger scale.
Building Future Generations
He is a faculty member of the West Africa Broadcast and Media Academy (WABMA), helping to build the capacity of future leaders in our industry. He is a faculty of The Eugenia Abu Media’s Public Speaking Executive Masterclass, which helps CEOs and senior managers improve their leadership and management skills. A trusted partner for numerous NGOs, government agencies, and private sector entities, delivering impactful campaigns that address critical social issues, the founder of Akweya TV is also a facilitator of the newly established Africa Disease Reporting Fellowship for journalists from across the continent.