Airtel Africa has appointed eminent Nigeria Corporate Communications expert, Emeka Oparah to the elevated position of Vice President, Corporate Communications and CSR.
Oparah whose appointment takes immediate effect has resumed at his new office in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) where he will be overseeing the company’s affairs in 14 countries.
Oparah announced his new appointment, which he christened “From Nigeria to Africa” on his Facebook page, maintaining that the “glory goes to The Great Architect of the Universe”.
As VP, he will be responsible for managing the corporate reputation and perception management, including public Relations, Internal Communications, Media Relations, Corportate Events and Sponsorships, Social Media Management and Crisis Management for Airtel Africa.
Emeka Oparah has over 25 years of consistent communications practice spanning through journalism, advertising, public relations, events, sponsorship and corporate social responsibility.
He is one of Nigeria’s leading experts in crisis communication, leadership transition and rebranding. He is reputed for managing the ownership and management crisis change and six brand name changes in one of the leading telecommunications companies in Nigeria.
As Vice President Corporate Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility, he leads the team that develops the strategy and executes various activities in the management of media relations, social media communications, government relations and social investments. He has deep, high-level knowledge of the working of the local and international media, government and regulatory agencies and also maintains a wide network of contacts and friends in the media, social media, various states governments and the Federal Government as well as the Nigerian Parliament ( National Assembly).
He graduated BA (Hons) top of his class in Mass Communications of University of Nigeria, Nsuka, in 1990 and holds a post graduate Diploma in International Public Relations. His career covers stints in Patine Communications (1991-1992); Candid Communications ( 1992-1992); Richland Communications (1992-1994), Cadbury Nigeria (1994-2002) and Airtel Nigeria (2002-2015).
A member of the International Public Relations Association (IPRA); International Association of Business Communicators (IABC); Nigerian Institute Of Public Relations (NIPR) and Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria (APCON), he has attended numerous courses locally and internationally in Communications, Management and Leadership.