City People Magazine, Nigeria’s leading society magazine was set up in November 1996 by Dr. Seye Kehinde, former Editor of The News and Tempo. Prior to this, he was one of those who in 1992 helped revive African Concord after which he decided to team up with five other professionals in 1993 to set up The News.
He is a 1987 History/Political Science graduate of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife who has had about nineteen (19) years Journalism experience. He also has relevant professionals qualifications amongst which are:
A 1989 Post-Graduate Diploma in Journalism, from the Daily Times Journalism Institute, Lagos.
- A May 1990 Certificate in Sub-Editing from the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos.
- An October 1990 Certificate in Political Reporting and International Journalism from the Centre for Foreign Journalists, Reston, Virginia, U.S.A. and for a short while in November 1990, he was on attachment with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, a Texas based daily newspaper.
- He was also part of the 15th News and Current Affairs Workshop on Drugs sponsored by the United States Information Agency from June 6-17, 1994, in the US.
Combining a good writer’s hand with a fine nose for news, Mr. Kehinde has worked as a Reporter with the following media houses:
Newswatch, Lagos, vacation job as Library Assistant, (on and off from May 1986 to October 1986); Herald Newspaper, Ilorin (August 1987-July 1988); The Insider Confidential, Newsletter Senior Defence/Diplomatic Correspondent (27 June-September 29, 1988); The Week, Staff Writer, Head, International Desk (September 15, 1988- March 17, 1990); Sunday Tribune, Ibadan, Senior Writer, (February 1990); African Concord, Staff Writer, Senior Correspondent and Senior Staff Writer (March 1, 1990 – June 1992).
He resigned along with his colleagues when the then President, Ibrahim Babangida requested for an apology as a condition for the reopening of Concord Press which he ordered to be closed down in 1992. He was one of those quickly invited to African Guardian in May 1992 as an Assistant Editor afterwards. He was there from 1992 to 1993. He has held several positions in the organisation. At various times he has been General Editor of The News and has once edited Tempo.
To prepare him for the setting up of City People, he took time out in October 1996 to attend intensive courses on How To Manage New Ventures In Nigeria’s Macro-Economic Environment, at the Lagos Business School (LBS) in Victoria Island, Lagos. He was also part of the one-day course on Entrepreneurial Innovation and Organisation Creativity in August 1996 and the one-week course on Finance for Non-Finance Managers in September 1996.
He has been the recipient of two professional awards, namely: 1993 Reporter of the Year for Media Excellence organised by Diamond Publications Ltd., Publishers of Media Review and Winner of the Sonny Odogwu Prize for the 1994 Business Reporter of the Year organised by the Nigeria Media Merit Award.
He is ably assisted by a team of disting Managing Editor, Bamidele Ogundana, General Editor, Wole Alakija and a host of very many professionals who are on Board.
Apart from City People Weekly which currently circulates 30, 000 copies nationwide three other products have also come out from the stable, namely, City People Event & Party, City People Fashion & Lifestyle, Today’s Fashion and a specific event periodic magazine, City People Extra. This explains why the corporate name of the company transformed into THE CITY PEOPLE MEDIA GROUP.