Writing for the Media by Yushau A. Shuaib

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Profile of the Author
Corper's Letter
Youths Speak out
NYSC At 20
After NYSC
Taming the Elders
Success in Youth Service
Islam on Hair
Sharia: Civilisation and Belief
Suffering and Smiling Award
Memo to Armed Robbers
Imperative of PR
Political PR
News Cartel
PR Dilemma
Nigeria's Image
PR Analysis of Rejoinder
OBJ-Atiku and Media
Woman as Spokesperson
Voice of Nigeria
In Memory of Gen. Idiagbon
Bank Lending
Zahradeen of BUK
Prince is Gone
Gone not Forgotten
Bola Ige
Acadamic governor
A Plane Crashes
Haba Governor Lawal
OBJ, Buhari, Gani and Others
Nzeribe for Senate President?
Hamman Tukur and Honours
Constitutional Contravention
Economic Slavery
Revenue Formula
Excess Oil Earning
Letter to LGs
Privatisation to Demolition
Igbo Politics and Hollywood Movie
Politics of Revenue Formula
Defence of Saudi
America: A Muslim Perception
419 and the Rest of Us
Miss World: Between the Queen and Child
A Trip to London
FIFA, Faith and Fanaticism
Obasanjo's Foreign Trip
A Visit to Mecca
Letter to Muslims on US-Iraq War
Foreign and Our Legislators
Saddam and Arab's Humiliation
RE: Policing the Police
Re: Councilors' Pay
Re: Oil Windfall Palaver
Re: Speak Again on NNPC
Letters to Editor
Fiction and Romance
Re: Defence of Saudia
Re: Corper's Letter
RE: Taming the Elders
RE: Oil Windfall Palaver
RE: Igbo Politics and Movies
Reactions to Author's Email
Reviews on Novel
Reviews on Financial PR

Daily Trust Newspaper May 17, 2004 pg22


A Multi-Award Winning PR man


Popularly called Idiagbon during his university days, Yushau Abdulhameed Shuaib, has distinguished himself with several credible awards in the field of public relations. Notable amongst them are Campus Writer of the year, Alhaji Sabo Mohammed Best Student in Public Relations, Delta State NYSC Merit Award, Automatic Scholarship for the Best Corps Writer, Head of State National NYSC Honours Award, NIPR Public Relations Person of the year in Kano/Jigawa State and the Young Achiever of the year from a Business Delegation Group.

In a country where employment is scarce, Mr. Shuaib has never applied for a job nor sat for recruitment interview after his National Youth service in 1993 but received automatic employment awards for distinguished service and exemplary roles. Those automatic employment awards he accepted in the public sector include Governor Felix Ibru Automatic Employment in Delta State Civil service where he worked in State House, Asaba as a PRO and Presidential Automatic Employment into Federal Civil Service in 1994 which afforded him the opportunity to serve in Federal Ministries of Information, Finance and Health in various capacities as Press Secretary, Chief Protocol Officer and Personal Assistant to Hon. Minister. His appointments and postings were never based on parochial and primordial consideration of ethnicity, religion and age. He is presently Head of Press and Public Relations in Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission.

His leadership qualities manifest by the success stories of those that work with him. Recently two corps members who served under him, Mr. Anthony Ochela and Mrs. Hauwa Muhammad emerged amongst the Best Five award winners in NYSC FCT and received the Minister’s Cash Prize for distinguished service in media relations and social services.

Born on October 10, 1969 in the ancient city of Kano to the family of Dr. (Imam) Abdulhameed Shuaib Agaka PhD, Shuaib attended Kwalli Special Primary School (1976-81), School for Arabic Studies SAS (1981-86) and Bayero University (1987-92) all in Kano. A graduate of Mass-Communication/Islamic Studies, he holds a Diploma from International School of Public Relations London and postgraduate Diploma in Banking and Finance from University of Abuja. He has also attended a number of foreign training and management development programmes sponsored by the World Bank and other multilateral institutions between 1995 and 2000.

Writing being his hobby since university days, he has a dual identity as a writer and also dual identity as a Nigerian. As a writer he distinguished himself between a public commentator who exercises the right to express himself freely on topical and sensitive issues and that of a civil servant who writes cautiously in line with rules and procedure.  As a Nigerian he was born and brought up in Kano, while his parents were born in the Ilorin Emirate of Kwara State. Because of his strong interest in writing to inform and entertain the public, he founded and edited a community tabloid, Dukawuya Newsletter in Kano City, edited Mega Voice of Ilorin Students Union and also introduced and edited other informative publications wherever he finds himself. Some of them include Delta Corper Newsletter, Finance News, FAAC News, Revenue Commission Bulletin and Revenue Outlook. He has to his credit over 100 published articles in virtually all the national newspapers. Some of his published works include poetry, short stories, and features. He also published a novel “Nightmare for the Rich” and two professional textbooks, “Financial Public Relations” and “Strictly Personal-Writings for The Media.” With advancement in Information Technology, some of his recent write-ups can be accessed at popular Nigeria’s website such as nigeriaworld.com, gamji.com, nigerdeltacongress.com and arewa-online.com.

Shuaib had held several positions during his school days. He was PRO Mass-Communication Student Association, elected Students Representative, Chairman Bayero University Pen Club and Editor-in-Chief of some popular campus publications like Campus Voice, Campus Express and Editorial Member of Beacon, the official newspaper of Mass-Communication Department. While still a student, he had a brief stint in the Pen and Alkalemi newspapers in Kano, owned by Alhaji Bashir Tofa. He was of recent, the Protem Chairman of BUK Alumni, Abuja Chapter.

As a professional in his chosen field, he is a member of Association of Nigerian Author (ANA), Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), British Institute of Public Relations (IPR), Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and International Public Relations Association (IPRA). He is also patron of Finance Correspondents Association of Nigeria (FICAN) Abuja Chapter. In view of the interesting nature of his assignment, he has travelled widely within and outside the country. Some of the cities he visited include those in Europe, Middle East, Asia, Africa, and all West African Countries except Liberia. He is happily married to Sikrat and blessed with three children Gidado, Saad and Abdulhameed.

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