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Femi Akintunde-Johnson has agreed to add his voice to those on board the African Outlook Editorial Team in a weekly column, FAJ-Alive. Popularly called FAJ, Femi Akintunde-Johnson has been described by his peers as very blunt and frontal, though some have also said he is brutally confrontational. He is considered to be very passionate about his craft. He is rarely caught sitting on the fence on issues and each time he writes, he is deep and incisive.


Femi, enlisted his name in Nigerian media industry with forays in editing entertainment pages of The Punch newspapers, and the defunct Climax magazine between 1988 and 1991. He quickly rose to become Editor and Editor-in-Chief of Climax, Fame, National Encomium, New Treasure and Treasure People & Life (the latter four of which he also co-founded).


A prolific, engaging writer, and public commentator, Femi Akintunde-Johnson is also credited as the mastermind behind the establishment of four of Nigeria's best known awards: Fame Music Awards (FMA), The Movie Awards (THEMA), The REEL Awards and Awards for Musical Excellence in Nigeria (AMEN).


Akintunde-Johnson, a graduate of English from University of Jos, in Nigeria's Middle-Belt, is a conscientious lover of social and ethical values in public and private conduct; a non-conforming believer in the entrenchment of merit and devotion to God and the family. He is happily married to Iretunde and the union is blessed with three children.


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 BUHARI & NOLLYWOOD:  Bold Ideas... The Change We Need!

By Femi Akintunde-Johnson

We are all glad that the power-to-power political transition has been safely completed without bloodshed or terror unleashed, and we can now settle down to rebuild our life-giving institutions with hope and purpose.



By Femi Akintunde-Johnson

Fortunately, we have not heard that the new President was a heavy drinker. So, no likelihood of hangover this morning - after the drawn-out May 29 inauguration festivities. It's expected that he is up at work right now, sifting through the paperworks plucked out by the just past administration.

To The Disabled, Two Crutches Are Better Than One!

To The Disabled, Two Crutches Are Better Than One!


(A review of Femi Onasanya’s Soul Refreshers and Pleasant Dreams, launched on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at the Function Hall of The MUSON Centre, Onikan, Lagos, under the chairmanship of Alhaji Musiliu A.K. Smith).

By Femi Akintunde-Johnson

In certain works of art, the creator may attain high ground by mistake - simply by a deluge of sheer ignorance at the conventional and established order of doing things within that art form.

Nollywood vs GMB: Now That GEJ is No Longer At Ease

NOLLYWOOD vs GMB: Now That GEJ Is No Longer At Ease


By Femi Akintunde-Johnson

Permit the audacity for that headline, the idea is not to suggest that the gentleman's replacement will be a hard nut. Recollect that few weeks before the March 28 presidential election, I wrote a piece attempting to reiterate a number of reasons why arguably most Nollywoodians rallied for and waged mini-wars on behalf of President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.

When Life Imitates Art: The Wayward Role Reversals of Nollywood Stars - Part 2

When Life Imitates Art:

The Wayward Role Reversals of Nollywood Stars - Part 2


By Femi Akintunde-Johnson

We may have to find help in psychiatry or psychology to explain fully the transition of the girl from a decent though humble home to a woman without the slightest trace of decorum or personal integrity.