The Master Seye Kehinde
.Dr. Oluseye Olugbemiga Kehinde is one of the few veterans who have kept the Nigerian media landscape vibrant with their style of journalism. Seye Kehinde, the publisher of City People magazine is a household name in the Nigerian media, His magazine, ‘City People’ is one of the most consistent magazines in Nigeria since 1996.
The owner of City People magazine, Dr. Seye Kehinde, needs no introduction in the entertainment industry and to many Nigerians. He is marking the Silver Jubilee anniversary of the oldest surviving celebrity magazine in Nigeria.
“I would say the big break came from the fact that we remained consistent, I put everything I had into it,” Dr. Kehinde said during a recent interview.
With the core objective to mirror the lifestyles of celebrities in Nigeria, City People magazine has come a long way to become the leader with unrelenting mission to enthrone a people-centred reporting of events, the magazine has remained the pride of celebrity journalism with distinction.
Apart from City People Weekly, 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.
Dr. Seye Kehinde and his team of dedicated staff, Integrity Reporter gathered, are marking the silver jubile anniversary with a bang and has lined up special programmes that have started since January and will run till December 2021 to celebrate the anniversary as a major milestone despite numerous challenges..
“The programmes, which will run across all media platforms, aims to celebrate the enduring City People brand as well as icons and personalities who have made a monumental mark in various industries from politics, entertainment, sports, society and corporate leadersm,” the Master, Seye Kehinde said in a recent press release to the media.
“We shall be looking back on our editions in the past 25 years to celebrate men and women of substance who have also remained relevant and in the spotlight for the last 25 years and still counting.
“We shall be producing 25 special pull-outs to be spread over the next 12 months for our teeming readers.”
With the vision to be the largest circulating celebrity magazine in the most populous black nation, that provide useful information that will touch the lives of its readers positively, Seye Kehinde maintained that “City People has stayed true to the vision of its founder over the years not only through its soft-driven style but also by keeping the people properly informed about social activities within and outside the country
“City People put the conventional daily newspapers on their toes, projecting the areas of journalism that reflect the lifestyle of people who are making the headlines.
“The weekly magazine has done so well in the last 25 years and has remained on the vendors stand every week without fail,” he said.
The publisher of City People magazine has a rich profile that stands him out as an accomplished media manager in Nigeria. He had passed through the thick and thin of the noble pen profession and had seen it all..
A recipient of two professional awards-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, there is no doubt that the Master, Seye Kehinde prepared himself very well before venturing into publshing business, 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.