Fountain Newsbreaker is a core community Newsbreaker which was established in 2011 to break the jinx of government monopoly of media ownership in Ekiti. Its maiden edition hit the news-stand on March 28 through April 4 as a weekly newspaper initially with the name THE NEWSBREAKER while its mantra reads; “.. Some tell the News, Some watch it; we BREAK it!
From its name and the mantra, the mission was clear from the onset while the vision was radiant – to break the news which some are watching and some are trying to tell. On getting to the National Library to register the name having fulfilled the condition of having the first publication, we were told that a foreign paper already existed bearing the name; THE NEWSBREAKER, somewhere in another continent.
Hence we have to add the prefix FOUNTAIN to it since we did not want to do away with the name NEWSBREAKER. This was how we came about FOUNTAIN NEWSBREAKER which was approved for us at the National Library with the ISSN 2250-9275 which qualified us to publish as a registered newspaper in Nigeria.
Our First Anniversary Lecture was delivered by Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s Commissioner for Information in the State of Osun, Chief Sunday Akere on April 20, 2012 on the topic; “Roles of Community Newspaper in Making Government Accountable to the Grassroot”. The paper was published till 2012 when economic recess affected its production but was revived in 2015.
In 2016 Fountain Newsbreaker holds its second Annual Lecture which was delivered by Mr Moses Jolayemi, former Managing Director/Editor in Chief of Daily Newswatch newspaper.
The topic; “The Roles of Government and the Public in Making Community Journalism Viable in Nigeria”.
The lecture took place under the Chairmanship of the former Governor of Ekiti State, Engr Segun Oni.
Prior to the Fountain Newsbreaker’s herald into the news market in Ekiti, some local community news magazines had come and gone into the oblivion while there were some papers existing such as Forum newspaper owned by Mr Kole Ajayi, Kayegbo International owned by Chief Morakinyo Ogunniyi, The Benchmark owned by Taiwo Oladipo & Co, The Pen owned by the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Ekiti State Council and of course the Ekiti Voice and later Western Voice by of Ekiti State Government.
Of all the aforementioned newspapers, only one or two were bold enough to publish political stories until the Fountain Newsbreaker hit the newsstand focusing majorly on politics and thought provoking issues which had hitherto been considered by the then existing papers as no-go-areas for fear of patronage, harassment or government clamp down.
We entered into an agreement with the Newspapers’ Vendors’ Association of Nigeria, Ekiti State chapter and the paper is now circulating round the sixteen Local Government Areas.
It must however be mentioned that the newspaper went into recess in 2013 two years after production simply because of the poor reading culture in Ekiti coupled with the lack of patronage by the government of Governor Kayode Fayemi in the State whereas the PDP allegedly considered the paper as ACN-paper because its Publisher, Akogun Tai Oguntayo later got appointed as Special Assistant to the Governor. This really affected the newspaper just as it did to many national newspapers owned by politicians in the past such as the National Concord owned by the late MKO Abiola and the Nigerian Tribune owned by the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo. Therefore, this paper was rested but the office did not fold up.
After two years of recess, Fountain Newsbreaker bounced back in 2015 with a renewed vigour though this time around though with very meager resources. As at today, the paper is comes out monthly unlike weekly paper with which we started in 2011 but we hope to resume bi-monthly production any moment from now.
Fountain Newsbreaker is published by Cotai Communications Network, a publishing outfit which had been existence since 1995. Cotai Communications Network is into book publishing, Advertisement Agency, Media and Public Affairs consultancy. It went into community Newspaper in 1995 with the publication of Okemesi Newsletter which TheGuide Newspaper in 1997 which was published shortly and rested in 2002.
Newspaper production unit of Cotai Communications Network was suspended between 2002 and 2010 during which this company specialized majorly in book publishing and advertising. The list of books published by Cotai Communications Network are; Civilian Revolt (1993), Fabunmi Ekitiparapo (1995), Voice of Progress (1997), Newswriting and Reporting (2008), Investigative Journalism without Tears (2008) and The Palace Boy (2009). All these aforementioned books were by the same Author, Tai Oguntayo.
Other books published by the company for other authors are; The Scorge (2002) by Greg Oparadike, A Date with the Smiths (2013) by Oluwabori Oluwole Ojo, Abandoned Twins (2014) by Chiamaka Anita Ubani and Because I’m A Girl (2014) by Chiamaka Anita Ubani
The management of the FOUNTAIN NEWSBREAKER now wishes to gladly announce to the well-meaning public wishing to invest in Community newspaper business to contact us for a joint partnership which will pay both parties. We believe that apart from being profit oriented, newspaper business is also for community development and social service. So, for those who are interested in promoting their businesses, those willing to project themselves or those who are mainly interested in developing their community, contact us today so that we enter into a profitable business venture with you.
PUBLISHER/ MANAGING EDITOR
Tai Oguntayo is the CEO/Managing Director of Cotai Communications Network, (Publishers of Fountain Newsbreaker). This renowned journalist and prolific author is the former State Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) in Ekiti State and currently the State Chairman of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) in Ekiti State having earlier served two terms as the Publicity Secretary of the Oyo State chapter of the Association. He hails from Okemesi Ekiti in Ekiti West Local Government, Ekiti State of Nigeria. He is the Akogun Aafin of Ipole Iloro Ekiti.
He holds a Master’s degree in Communication Arts (MCA) from the premier University of Ibadan, a Post Graduate Diploma (PGD) from the prestigious Nigerian Institute of Journalism (NIJ), Lagos, a Higher National Diploma (HND) from The Polytechnic, Ibadan and a Bachelor of Law, LLB (Hons) from the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN).
Akogun as fondly called, had worked in Nigeria and Europe for an upward of 20 years as a journalist in different local and foreign newspapers where he wrote several lead and front page stories as far back as the military era in Nigeria.
Among the newspapers where he worked are; Nigerian Tribune, The Westerner and National Daily where he resigned in 2011 as the South West Regional Editor to take up a political appointment as Special Assistant to the governor and later as Secretary to Ekiti West Local Government having served there before as the Supervisor for Health between 2000 and 2002.
Among his published books are; Civilian Revolt (1995), Fabunmi Ekitiparapo (1996) and Voice of Progress (1997). Others are Investigative Journalism without Tears (2007) and Essentials of News Writing and Reporting (2007). He is married and blessed with promising children.
PRINCE 'BAYO ADENIRAN'S RESUME EDITORS summary) -- 01. BACKGROUND: Prince Israel Adebayo Adeniran was born into the Royal family of Omirangunsin at Okemesi-Ekiti, Ekiti West Local Government Area of Ekiti State, Nigeria.
He was married to Chief Mrs Monisola Adeniran and blessed with progressive, promising children. He had his West African School Certificate at Okemesi Grammar Shool, Okemesi-Ekiti in 1963, Higher School Certificate at Ekiti Parapo College, ldo-Ekiti (1968), after serving the College as Senior Prefect and Games Captain, meritoriously. GCE (Advanced Level, 1968). His tertiary education at the University of Ibadan, lbadan: BA (Hons) English (1972), Post-Graduate Diploma in Education (1978), specialised in Teacher Education. 02. PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Graduate Teacher at Ekiti Parapo College, ldo-Ekiti (1972-1980); Secondary School Principal/Administrator -- Eso-Obe Comprehensive High School, lkoro-Ekiti (1980-1991); Unity Secondary School (Now, Ekiti State Government College (1991-1995); African Church Comprehensive High School, Ikere-Ekiti (1996-2004); Mary Hill Boys' High School, Ado-Ekiti (2004-2005); Okemesi Grammar School, Okemesi-Ekiti (September, 2005-August, 2006).
APPOINTMENTS: Chairman, Ekiti West Local Government Council ( June, 2002-June, 2003); Ekiti State Tutor General (Permanent Secretary Status) 2005 , in charge of Ekiti Central Education District; Chairman, Ekiti State Teaching Service Commission (2011-2014). Prince 'Bayo Adeniran retired from active service, meritoriously and stainlessly, in 2007. 03. AWARDS AND HONOURS: 35 Awards/Honours, including "Best Teacher" in Ekiti West Secondary Schools (1997); Merit Awards by the University of Ibadan Allumni Association, Ekiti State Branch; Ekiti Parapo College National Association of Old Students; Federation of Okemesi Improvement Unions (2ce); Diocese of Ekiti West; Diocese of Ekiti West Children Sunday School (2016); Fountain of Hope International, 42 NG; All Saints' Anglican Church, Opopogbooro, Ado-Ekiti; Principal Emeritus of Nigeria (PEN), May, 2017, by All Principals of Secondary Schools in Nigeria (The ANCOPSS); AS CHIEF - Babaewe of St Michael's Anglican Church, lkoro-Ekiti (1999), Atomose of African Church Cathedral, lkere-Ekiti (1997), Balogun ljo of St Michael's Anglican Church, Okemesi-Ekiti (2017). Justice of the Peace, Ekiti State (2000). 04. ASSOCIATIONS: All Nigeria Conference of Principals of Secondary Schools ANCOPSS: Secretary, Ekiti West Zone, Secretary, Old Ondo State Branch, Editor-in-Chief, Old Ondo State Branch, Old Ondo State Branch Conference Orator, Ekiti State Branch Orator (1997-2000), National Orator, Conference of All Principals in Nigeria (ANCOPSS, 1993-1998); President, Ekiti State ANCOPPS (2000-2003); National Chairman, ANCOPSS Research and Statistics of 21-year Professional Conference Papers; Secretary, Old Ondo State Chapter, Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA); Member, ANA, Ekiti State Chapter (2016 to-date); Pioneer Synod Secretary, Diocese of Ekiti West (1999-2005); National President, Okemesi Grammar School Old Students' Association (1993-2011); President, University of Ibadan Allumni Association, Ekiti State Branch (2006-2011); Member, Ekiti Parapo College National Association of Old Students (many years ago to-date) and Chairman, National Project Committee 2017; President, Rotary Club of Ijero-Ekiti (1986-1987), and President, Rotary Club of Ado-Ekiti (2004-2005), as well as Treasurer, Rotary Club of Ado-Ekiti ( 2010 to- date); Member, Egbe Afurugbin, St Michael's Anglican Church, Okemesi-Ekiti; Member/Financial Secretary, The Ekiti Club, among others. 05. OTHER AREAS: (a) Prince Bayo Adeniran Travelled to ALL States of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on ANCOPSS professional/official and personal assignments, Ghana, Israel ( Jerusalem Pilgrim), Turkey, Canada, USA/New Jersey. (b) A prolific Writer, Columnist, Book Editor, Associate Editor, Book Reviewer and Author of English Language and Drama Text Books. (c) Hobbies : Reading, Writing, Gardening, Poultry-keeping and rendering Service to Humanity. BY PRINCE 'BAYO ADENIRAN, JP, PEN (Sgnd) 6th June, 2017.
Mr Adeolu Ajobiewe
Adeolu Ajobiewe is a University of Lagos trained teacher, currently a School Vice Principal, Adeolu Ajobiewe is an historian, writer and poet as well as a Public and International Affairs analyst. Believing that political naivete is the most formidable obstacle to Democratic sanity and progressive evolution, he is always eager to teach on every available platform and employ every available tool: media, and the Arts. He hails from Omuo Ekiti, and his married with children.
Femi Oguntayo is the Deputy and Online Editor of Fountain Newsbreaker NG. He is a Trained Journalist, Certified Philisopher, Writer, Team Player, an Artiste and a Social Medialist. Hails from Okemesi Ekiti in Ekiti West local Government Area of Ekiti State.
Femi Holds a Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy from the Famous Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti, EKSU ( Formerly, University of Ado-Ekiti, UNAD).
He served as a Youth Corps Member in Akwa Ibom State, where he became the Public Relations Officer for ICPC Anti-Corruption CDS Group in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.
He was a Public Relations Officer of National Association Of Philosophy Students in Ekiti State University, while he was in school.
Femi being a unionist, was PRO FOSU National Body, General Secretary and later President of the EKSU chapter of the Federation of Okemesi Student Union (FOSU).
Don Phemzy being his stage name as an artiste, Femmy bagged an Award as the Best Rapper in the TopNaija Music Awards at Adeola Odeku V.I , Lagos in 2014.
He is an Old student of the Prestigious Christ's School Ado-Ekiti.
Name: Adeoye Kayode, Nationality: Nigerian, State: Ekiti. Qualifications: LL.B. (Hons) , LL.M. Ife; Ph.D; B.L. S vtatus: Senior Lecturer in Law and Legal Practitioner. Office Address: Faculty of Law, Ekiti State University. Senior Partner, Adeoye, Akanbi and Co., Legal Practitioner, 87, Salvation Army Road, Ekotedo, Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria.
Mobile Phone No: 08033929
Mr Idowu Adebomi joined Fountain Newsbreaker in 2011 as a reporter. He attended the International Institute of Journalism Abuja where he bagged Diploma in journalism before proceeding to Adekunle Ajasin university Akungba Akoko for his Bsc in Mass Communication.
He rose to the position pf Assistant Editor with Cotai communications Network ( publishers of Fountain Newsbreaker) in 2016.
Victor Kolawole Oguntayo attended the prestigious Christ School, Ado Ekiti and is now an undergraduate of Ekiti State University where he is studing Theatre & Media Arts (TMA). He is a hip hop artiste and the Campus Editor of the Fountain Newsbreaker, published by Cotai Communications Network
AKINSOLA NURUDEEN AKINFEMI
Date of Birth: 5th May, 1968
Place of Birth: Ibadan
State of Origin Oyo State
Nationality of Origin: Nigerian
Local Government: Ibadan North Local Government
Marital Status: Married
Postal Address: P.O. Box 7284, Secretariat Ibadan
University of Ibadan, Ibadan 2007 – 2009
Adekunle Ajasin University Akungba Akoko, Ondo 1999 – 2003
Nigerian Institute of Journalism University of Abuja 2006-2007
St. Andrew’s College of Education, Oyo 1989 – 1992
QUALIFICATION WITH DATES
Master of Education( language unit) 2009
Bachelor of Arts in Education( English) 2003
Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism 2007
Nigeria Certificate in Education( English/Yoruba) 1992
Teacher Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) 2008
COMPUTER SKILL IN DESKTOP PUBLISHING
Hailstone Computer Training Institute, Oke-Ado- Ibadan 2009/2010
To contribute to my work quota in the accomplishment of organization goals and objectives.
To seek self-development advancement and improvement while enjoying job satisfaction.
Freelance reporter Nigerian Tribune 2006
Freelance reporter 2008
The Sun Newspaper 2010
Sandwich Programme (Emmanuel Alayande College of Education Oyo) 2009
Academic Advisor University of Ibadan DLC 2011 -2012
Registered Teacher, Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN).
Member, Nigerian Union of journalist (NUJ).
Member Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT)
Computer- based testing- MCQs (DLC,U.I.-2012)
Provided technical and application support to Distance learning
Cascade Training on ODL courseware development at University of Ibadan. (April – June 2012)
Formatting materials for mobile users (DLC,U.I.-2012) (DLC,U.I.-2012)
An Investigation into the problems Facing the Teaching and Learning of Oral English in selected Junior Secondary Schools in Ibadan…... 2003 (Project)
The University of Ibadan Distance Learning Students Disposition to the Use of Language Laboratory in Language Instruction 2009 (Project)
Ability to learn, pay attention to detail and work under pressure and light reporting schedule.
Good interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively as an individual and as a team player.
Joint Admission and Matriculation Board 2004-2007
National Examinations Council in Nigeria Supervision 2008
West African Examinations Senior School Certificate, Supervisor 2009
Reading and writing