The Sun’s Neya Kalu, Listed As The 20th Most Powerful Woman In Nigerian Journalism Among Other Veteran Female Journalists


Barely one year into her appointment as the Chairman/Publisher of the Sun Nigeria, Neya Kalu, has been recognized by the Women in Journalism (WIJ) Africa as the 20th most powerful woman in Journalism placing her alongside other prominent women in journalism.

The annual list published by WIJ Africa serves as a recognition and celebration of the exceptional achievements of women in the field of journalism who have shown remarkable skill and courage in their reporting and whose influence reaches far beyond their immediate sphere. Some of the other women recognized include Ayo Mario Ese of Arise Television; Stephanie Busari, Senior Editor at CNN Africa; Morayo Afolabi Brown, Media Consultant, and Former deputy head of Operations, at TVC Communications; Bilikisu Labiran, BBC’s Senior News Editor and Stella Din Jacob, Director of News at TVC Communications amongst others.

In a statement from WIJ Africa, “The critical role that journalism plays in shaping our society and democracy and the power of the press to hold leaders accountable, uncover the truth, and drive public opinion cannot be underestimated. The women who have made the final list are at the peak of the Nigerian journalism industry, and their work reflects their immense dedication, hard work, and passion for their profession.”

Neya’s recognition comes as a result of the fresh and innovative perspective she brings into the industry, as well as her dedication and commitment to making a positive impact in journalism despite juggling multiple high-level roles across various industries.

As Chairman of The Sun Publishing, Neya directs the Board’s strategic decisions. She oversees rigorous governance standards to guarantee that the board is effective in creating and implementing the organization’s direction and strategy.

Neya Kalu is an astute Business Executive, Lawyer, Entrepreneur, and Philanthropist. She is currently the Chairman of The Sun Nigeria, a reputable Nigerian News Organisation, Vice Chairman of Sun Heavens Hotels and Resorts, and the Founder/CEO of Basecoat a chain of Nail Salons in Nigeria.

With a first degree in Law and an MSc. in Financial Services Management from the University of Buckingham, United Kingdom, Neya has in the last 12 years, garnered experience across various industries crafting and implementing business initiatives and functions. Before her appointment as chairman of The Sun Publishing, Neya worked as an HR professional in the shipping and banking sector where she led dynamic teams to bridge the gap between employees’ performance and the organization’s strategic objectives.

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