We are happy to announce that Bayo Oluphunda, the award winning digital journalist, editor and author, has joined Opera to become the editor-in-chief of Opera News in Nigeria.
Opera News is among the fastest growing News Apps in the world, and became the world’s most downloaded News app in the second quarter of 2019. With more than 160 million monthly users, the news service has grown more than 60% on a yearly basis.
Prior to his new role at Opera News, Olupohunda was the editor-in-chief of Legit.ng (former Naij.com), where he moved online media to the terrain of more rigorous reporting, solidifying its appeal among Nigerians and making it the number one most visited website as ranked by Alexa. Olupohunda’s media experience cuts across both online and print media. Olupohunda started his media career as a Features writer with The Guardian.
Olupohunda’s writings have also earned him both local and international awards and nominations. He was a 2014 CNN African Journalist Awards finalist in the Culture category. In 2018, he emerged as a finalist in the West Africa Media Awards in Health Reporting and Informed Commentary at the 2015 Diamond Award for Media Excellence. In 2019, Olupohunda was named among the 100 Most influential People in Nigerian Politics by YNaija Media for his “work in moving Legit to the terrain of more rigorous reporting and commentary on political activities, solidifying its appeal among young Nigerians who have significantly moved online for their news.”