Former CAF Media Director, Suleiman Habuba has been appointed Special Adviser in charge of Education Programmes by the International Sports Press Association (AIPS)-Africa.
The continental umbrella of the global sporting media body affirmed his appointment following body’s congress held from 17-21 March in Dakar, Senegal.
A communiqué signed by Emmanuel Gustave Samnick, Secretary General of AIPS-Africa cited the designation as one of several innovative decisions taken during the four-day event.
“Coming back to internal matters of AIPS Africa, several innovative decisions have been taken during the congress among them the appointment of Suleiman Habuba of Nigeria as
Special Adviser in charge of education programmes,” the statement said.
Habuba, now a Media and Management Consultant delivered a presentation titled “Media Reporting on Major Football Events” to participants at the congress to equip participants with reporting skills and techniques towards the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
Fluent in English and French, Habuba has served in various media and communication capacities including editorial, marketing and public relations.
Between 2003 and 2012, he served as Director of Communications and Public Relations of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), and was the brain behind the transformed media scope of the continent’s football governing body.
His served as a Media Officer at two senior World Cups (2006 and 2010) and three Junior World Cups (FIFA U-20 World Cups in 1999 [Nigeria], 2005 [Netherlands] and 2007 [Canada].
Prior to that, he worked renowned media agencies such as AFP and BBC, rising to the position of Deputy Editor of the Nigeria Bureau of the French News Agency [AFP] during his four-year stay, 1996-2001.
Between 1998 and 2001, he was a BBC World Service Correspondent in Nigeria, moving up to Rebroadcasting and Marketing representative in Nigeria for Africa Middle East region of the BBC.
A product of the University of Jos in Nigeria, he has attended Communications, Management and Marketing Training Programmes in Zurich, London and Paris.