Nyaknno Osso

Nyaknno Osso is Nigeria’s doyen of media research and documentation, journalism librarianship and knowledge management.

He produced Nigeria’s first ever authoritative, comprehensive and award winning biographical encyclopedia, the Newswatch Who’s Who in Nigeria. The publication won the 1990 NNMC/ANA Literary Prize.

He also conceived and co-ordinated the setting up of the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library.

A graduate of the University of Ibadan Library School class of 1975, Osso was Principal Librarian/Researcher with the Cross River Newspaper Corporation, publishers of the Nigerian Chronicle when the late Dele Giwa visited Ray Ekpu, then Editor of the Nigerian Chronicle in Calabar. A visit by Giwa to the library and conversation with Osso convinced Giwa that Osso was made for the national stage.

When Newswatch was birthed later on, he was invited to join its first management team. He rose to the position of Chief Researcher and upon retirement, was appointed as Consultant Librarian.

Between 1999 and 2007, Osso served the nation as a Special Assistant to the President on Library, Research and Documentation. On leaving government, his principal, President Olusegun Obasanjo appointed him Executive Secretary and Project Co-ordinator of the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, an idea he conceived.

He disengaged from the Presidential Library to set up his Biographical Legacy and Research Foundation where he currently serves as Editor-in-Chief.

The 1989 Newswatch Manager of the Year and recipient of its Certificate of Distinguished Performance was also nominated as one of 100 Outstanding Nigerians by The Source Magazine,in 1987 to mark Nigeria’s 37th Anniversary.

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