Before now John Mayaki served as Executive Director on Media and Public Affairs to Ex-Governor Adams Oshiomhole – after his elevation from Senior Special Assistant on Media. He was twice appointed Chief Press Secretary, Akoko-Edo Local Government Area.
Prior to his appointments, he was a reporter/Correspondent of the defunct Comet Newspaper and later, The Nation Newspaper. He is a great journalist, industrious yet humble, down to earth and prolific, versatile and committed.
With his journalism experience approaching to three decades, Mayaki has made his mark as a star reporter. A writer whose content is informed, deep and highly educative. Millions of readers will agree that he’s not a flash in a pan. He knows what he is saying when he writes.
Mayaki studied Journalism in classroom; he has become a master of a breakthrough action in classroom but he will say “I am still learning” – but his articles and literary works exudes intelligence and brilliance – not many are endowed with such writing prowess. Mayaki is a great draftsman, highly articulate, a master of written words, artistic and above all, a great writer that keeps his audience in awe with play of words.
Mayaki is one journalist that many aspire to be like but yet, he is not swayed by his achievements. He knows his onions and he is very passionate. Perhaps, it is that passion that drives him to deliver his ever astounding results.
For Mayaki journalism is a calling. There is a saying that “some are born great, some achieve greatness while some have greatness bestowed on them.”. Mayaki has it all. He has achieved the peak of journalism. The quintessential and indefatigable Mayaki has achieved greatness as a Media Personality, when he was appointed as Chief Press Secretary to a sitting Edo State Governor, the first of its kind in the history of Edo State, when a homegrown journalist is appointed CPS. Unarguably, Mayaki has shouldered the responsibilities that comes with media relations successfully with an amazing ease of a quintessential colossus.
Back in his days at Press Centre, Mayaki was concerned and is still about strategies of reporting the news or doing the features that made a publication a good image. We are celebrating Mayaki today not because he has dabbled into politics but because he has been adequately rewarding. We celebrate Mayaki because he is a pioneer. He tells us – journalists, if he can achieve this, then we can. He hardly tells his colleagues to go beg for bread and butter journalism and be themselves.
All man was created hungry – in the face of what you are hungry for, Mayaki’s hunger has been to take journalism reportage and writing beyond the extra ordinary to limelight and no doubt, he has achieved just that and more to come.
Mayaki is a success story and we are delighted to share in it. A truly homegrown, I mean homegrown in the real sense – Mayaki started from here and he has been with us. He practiced from the streets of Edo. He trekked, he sweated. He is known for his incisive and undercover reports which even set heads to roll in Edo. He is steadfast and relishes the challenges he faced in course of his practice.
Mayaki – the now famously politically-rich, literary and feature journalist had very humble beginnings. He studied journalism/mass communication at the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Ogba, Lagos and later, International Studies and Diplomacy, University of Benin.
I present to you – a great diplomat, a quintessential media colossus, a passionate Nigerian, blogger, journalist, social activist cum politician, Mr John Mayaki.