Larry Oyims is a seasoned journalist, social critic and crusader living in Abakaliki, Nigeria. After his graduation from the University of Calabar Nigeria, he began his journalism career withDaily Champion Newspapers, Lagos, where he maintained a robust and popular weekly column for two years. Due to his stimulating and sometimes controversial views which has attracted wide readership, the former governor of old Anambra State, Chief Jim Nwobodo, pulled him away to re-establish his newspaper— The Satellite—shortly after his release from detention by the Buhari and Idiagbon military regime.
Shortly after, he joined Sunray Newspapers in Port Harcourt—the first all full colour newspaper in Nigeria—as a pioneer staff and later became the Features Editor of the paper. His resourcefulness characterized by strong journalistic excellence earned him an invitation to Abuja to beef up the presidential press crew at Aso Rock during the turbulent months of the Ernest Shonekan regime, but before he could move, Abacha struck.
Mr Oyims has spent all his life in journalism, working in various reputable media houses in Nigeria and Southern Africa. He was the Deputy Editor of the state-run National Ambassador newspaper owned by Abia State Government. He was there until the creation of Ebonyi State in 1996 from where he moved over to establish The Nigerian Patriot owned by Ebonyi State government as its pioneer Deputy Editor, Chairman Editorial Board and later Editor-in-Chief. He has spoken and written fearlessly on various critical social issues.
Though not a politician, he was at the vanguard of the crusade against the plot of former President Olusegun Obasanjo to elongate his tenure by changing the constitution to provide for Third Term. He teamed up with various organizations in the United States to sensitize and galvanize Nigerians and the world on the implications of Third Term. The 12-page letter he wrote to Senator Agboti, the senator representing his zone at that time, on why he should vote against Third Term at the floor of the senate became so popular that the National Democratic Movement in the United States circulated it on the internet and sent each copy to the Nigerian Senate.
He was appointed the Chief Press Secretary to the Deputy Governor of Ebonyi State from 1999-2003. He is happily married to his friend, confidante and the love of his life, Katherine and they are blessed with children.
You can contact Larry Oyims for speaking engagements, religious conferences, or other issues, by email.