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A National Bibliotherapist & Cultural Engineer

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Prince Tony Momoh

Prince Tony Momoh, the journalist par excellence, a bibliotherapist and cultural engineer is the 165th child of Momoh the first. He is the third of the four children his mother had for Momoh the first and his mother was the junior of the three groups into which the Momoh Household of 45 wives and 245 children were organised.

He was educated at Government School Auchi, the school Momoh the First had established at Auchi in 1922. He also attended Teacher Training College, Abraka, the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, the University of Lagos and the Nigerian Law school. He has degrees in Mass Communication and Law and is a solicitor and advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. He worked in various capacities, including professional and administrative, in the Daily Times of Nigeria Group, and between 1986 and 1990 was the Minister of Information and Culture of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. He also served as Chairman of the Board of Nigeria Airways and is a member of the Nigerian Press Council. Prince Tony Momoh has been awarded many honours, including fellowships of the Commonwealth Journalists' Association, the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations and the Advertising Council of Nigeria. He is a patron of the Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria, and a holder of Selkyo Culture Award presented to him in Japan in recognition of his "great contribution to society" through his "consistent and valuable activities for the sake of the creation of peace and culture". He is widely traveled and is married with four children, three boys and a girl, who form part of the more than 1000-member Momoh Clan in Lagos.