Ajuri Ngelale is a distinguished Nigerian journalist and politician, presently the presidential spokesman and special adviser on media and publicity to President Bola Tinubu. His notable career has seen him serve as the senior special assistant on public affairs to President Muhammadu Buhari. Additionally, he played a crucial role as a co-principal spokesperson in the Tinubu-Shettima presidential campaign organization.
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Early Life and Education:
Ajuri Ngelale was born on November 13, 1986, in Platteville, Wisconsin, United States. His father, Chief Precious Osaro Ngelale, was a Nigerian of Eleme origin, serving as a geologist, politician, and minister of state for water resources in the federal cabinet. Ajuri’s mother, Diane, a German-American, worked as a social welfare director for the Rivers State Government under Governor Melford Okilo.
Growing up in the creeks of Ogoniland in the Niger Delta, Ajuri witnessed firsthand the environmental degradation caused by oil exploration, fueling his early interest in politics and journalism. Inspired by his father’s activism and his mother’s humanitarian work, he developed a passion for addressing social injustices.
Ajuri Ngelale attended Government Secondary School in Port Harcourt for his secondary education before pursuing a bachelor’s degree in political science and history at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas, USA.
Upon returning to Nigeria in 2011, Ajuri participated in the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) and was deployed to AIT (Africa Independent Television), where he began his journalism career as a youth corps member. He continued as an investigative reporter and later became a news editor, producer, and presenter from 2011 to 2016.
During his time at AIT, Ajuri produced two acclaimed public affairs documentary series: “State of the Nation” in 2012, exploring challenges facing Nigeria’s democracy and development, and “Diary from the Delta” in 2016, shedding light on the plight of people in the oil-rich Niger Delta region.
In 2016, he joined Channels Television, where he co-anchored the popular public policy discussion program “Sunrise Daily” and created “Africa’s Future Leaders,” a documentary series profiling young African leaders making a positive impact on disadvantaged populations.
In 2019, Ajuri resigned from Channels TV to become the lead media content producer for the All Progressives Congress (APC) Next Level Presidential Campaign, working for the reelection of President Muhammadu Buhari. He also served as the senior special adviser on public affairs to President Buhari until 2023.
In October 2022, Ngelale was appointed as the co-principal spokesperson of the Tinubu-Shettima Presidential Campaign Organization, playing a pivotal role in crafting and communicating campaign messages and strategies that contributed to Tinubu-Shettima’s victory in the 2023 presidential election.