Soneye Wins NIPR Distinguished Spokesperson in Oil and Gas Award

Chief Communications Officer of Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL), Olufemi Soneye, has won the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) 2024 “Distinguished spokesperson in the Oil and Gas Sector award.”

He defeated the spokesperson of Shell Companies in Nigeria, Michael Adande and the spokesperson of Indorama Eleme Petrochemicals Limited, Dr. Johnson Nkwocha to clinch to the award.

The institute, represented by the Relationship & Stakeholder Management, NNPCL, 

Oluwakemi Olumuyiwa represented the award to Soneye at the ceremony in Abuja.

NIPR predicated the award on the “recognition of his amazing work of managing the image of Africa’s largest oil and gas company.”

He however dedicated the award to the Group Chief Executive Officer of NNPC Ltd., Mele Kyari, whose unwavering support and guidance have been instrumental in shaping his role as a Spokesperson.

He also extended his heartfelt appreciation to the entire Corporate Communications Team for their collaborative efforts and dedication to excellence.

Soneye said: “This award is for the whole team and it will serve as motivation to continue striving for excellence in representing NNPC Ltd, the sector and upholding the highest standards of communications.”

The national spokespersons’ awards is the highest honours celebrating Nigeria’s outstanding spokespersons in corporate communications, public affairs, politics, media, advocacy and other domains in Nigeria who have demonstrated outstanding eloquence, integrity and effectiveness in their roles as spokespeople.

Soneye is a seasoned journalist with full-time and freelance experience at some of the world’s most respected publications in Nigeria, Australia, and the United States of America. 

Appointed the Chief Corporate Communications Officer of NNPC Ltd on the 18th of October 2023, Soneye has been able to lead the Company’s Corporate Communications team, driving its brand penetration, strategic communications initiatives, and stakeholder management.

A veteran journalist and a consummate Public Relations practitioner, Mr. Soneye is a member of reputable bodies, including the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations, Nigerian Union of Journalists, National Association of Black Journalists, Society of Professional Journalists, Guild of Corporate Online Media Publishers as well as the former President, Nigerian Media Practitioners, Washington, D.C.

Since assuming office barely six months ago as the Chief Image Maker of Africa’s largest company, Mr. Soneye has been able to achieve the following milestones: transformed and redefined Corporate Communications in NNPC LTD.

He has transformed the entire Corporate Communications Division to become a core part of every NNPC Ltd business.

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