Wale Ajetunmobi is the current Editor of CAMPUSLIFE, a student- and youth-segment of The Nation newspaper. He gives a credible voice to over 200 student-journalists scattered across Nigerian universities and colleges.He mentors a new generation of student-writers, who investigate and report stories that challenge stereotypes and draw public attention to issues relating to youth and their participation in politics and entrepreneurship.
The CAMPUSLIFE segment of the newspaper, which he coordinates, gives members of the public a rare window into the social ills afflicting university communities across the country. The eight-page weekly pullout throws lights on the negative impact of public policy on higher education, the inadequacy of school facilities, and shortcomings of school programmes. Apart from writing and editing the CAMPUSLIFE section, Ajetunmobi has, over the years, created a niche for himself as an excellent storyteller, media trainer, and youth development enthusiast. His journalistic works focus on politics and governance, international relations, climate change, human rights and community development issues.
A youthful editor, Ajetunmobi has spoken at several local and international youth platforms, including the October 2015 World Cup challenge of ENACTUS – a global entrepreneurship contest held in Johannesburg in South Africa and sponsored by KPMG and UNILEVER. Ajetunmobi was enlisted as a member of international judges’ panel, comprising business executives and professionals in multinational companies. He also spoke at Students and Young Professional African Liberty Academy (SYPALA) conference held in Kenya (2013) and Tanzania (2015).
In August 2016, the United States Department of State picked Ajetunmobi to be part of 25 journalists selected from 25 countries across the world for Foreign Press Centre tour, a programme fully funded by the U.S. government. The aim was to report the role of American youths in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. During the reporting tour, he visited key battleground states of Washington DC, Virginia and Colorado, among others, where he met with campaign managers of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
He holds a BSc. in Industrial Chemistry from the University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Journalism at the Nigerian Institute of Journalism (NIJ) in Lagos.