ROLE MODEL OF THE WEEK, PASTOR IRUH BASED IN THE NETHERLANDS -PUBLISHER & EDITOR IN CHIEF OF THE VOICE MAGAZINE

Pastor Ndubuisi Elvis Iruh, is a trained journalist, the Publisher and Editor in Chief  of the Voice magazine. He is an ordained minister of the gospel. He was born on 9th  April 1965. Pastor Iruh had a humble yet adventurous beginning masterminded by a very discipline and no nonsense father who emphasized on education.

After completing both his primary and secondary school education, his choice of becoming a journalist overruled every other ambition of his father who wanted him to become a Doctor. His passion for journalism took him to Nigeria Institute of Journalism; Lagos where he graduated in 1991 and ever since he has grown in size and status as his CV would attest.

He has worked round the media field as a newsroom correspondent, sports correspondent, features writer, newspaper Editor, co-publisher and finally publishing his own magazine in The Netherlands, The Voice magazine which started on August 12th 1999.

The adventure into publishing the Voice magazine was simply because on his arrival in the Netherlands from Germany in September 1996, he discovered that there was absolutely nothing for the African community in terms of expressing themselves or understanding the social-cultural nature of their new homeland. He decided that what the African Diaspora in the Netherlands needed was A VOICE to showcase their lives and activities to a foreign audience that was suspicious to say the least of the so called “unknown Africans”.

The birth of the Voice magazine gave not just a voice to the Africans in The Netherlands but added a face to them and gave them a full life. Today, events and activities of Africans in The Netherlands and in extension Africans in the Diaspora are reported and covered by the magazine.

He has consistently published each month starting from a modest 500 copies of the magazine to a monthly circulation of 100,000 copies across 30 countries around the world until in 2016 when he decided to make it a digital online monthly publications the global trend demanded. Its reach has grown and expanded around the world.

He has affected the lives of many Africans in the Diaspora, with this publication and made a success of it by helping other Africans to dare aspire to go into publishing in The Netherlands. Today, there are seven other African oriented publications, several radio and television stations in the Netherlands and many more will come on board in the future despite the economic difficulties around the globe.

 

He is a holder of Advance Diploma in Mass Communication (University of Lagos); a Diploma in Journalism (Nigeria Institute of Journalism) with specialization on Broadcast and Print Journalism.

He attended Victory Outreach International School of Ministry (VOSOM) graduating with Pastoral license degree. He has subsequently done other ministerial trainings withvarious certificates.

Pastor Elvis Iruh is a passionate person with love for sports as he played football, table tennis and badminton at his youthful years and he loves to read, write and travel.

 

He is the Author and publisher of the book; “KASIMAWO LALOKO: A FOOTBALL VOYAGE (A biography)”. And he has twice contributed to other publications like “People Building Peace” (35 Inspiring stories from Around the World) published by European Centre for Conflict Prevention in co-operation with IFOR and the Coexistence Initiative of State of the World Forum. He is a former lecturer at the Royal Tropical Institute in Amsterdam and guest lecturer at Leiden University at the department of Multi-Cultural Studies.

He has received several recognitions for his contribution to community development; notably the Amsterdam Bible College award; the government of the Republic of the Gambia recognition through its mission in The Netherlands, the Nigerian Mission in Ukraine, Bulgaria, various church organizations, the Kenyan Government for community service in that country and in The Netherlands among others and themedia fraternity in the Netherlands, Germany and United Kingdom. He has received several Ambassadorial recognitions, being a Goodwill Ambassador to the Maasai Community in Kenya and recognized as a Maasai Moran (Maasai Warrior/Elder).

Other awards and recognition includes the following:

 

  1. Community Service Award, Amsterdam, 2012
  2. Goodwill Ambassador to Maasai Community from Kenya as a Maasai Moran,

2012

  1. MBE Improver Award & Goodwill Ambassador for Black European

Scholarship Pageant, Amsterdam, 2013

  1. Award as God’s Agent of Change & Restoration, Uganda, 2014
  2. NEU Awards as Publisher of the Year, Spain, 2014
  3. African Diaspora Merits Award, Amsterdam, 2014
  4. African Media partnership Award, Germany, 2015
  5. Friendship Award, Nigeria, Amsterdam 2016
  6. Leadership Service Award, The Gambia, 2016

10.Nollywood Media Supporter in Europe Award, Germany, 2017

  1. Nigeria Diaspora Global Hall of Fame – London, 2018

 

  1. Ambassador of Hope recognition by UK Gulf Center for Studies & Business in

support of Therapeutic Diet Initiative to help children suffering from autism,

2018

He makes his services available to any organization or institution that may require him either as a conference speaker, seminar moderator, workshop organizer, debate contributor and any other things he is able to do within his knowledge and God’s giving wisdom. With his latest recognition, the Dubai based organization expects himto use his ambassadorial title to facilitate his function; working and raising awarenessfor autism children in Africa with kick off in Port Harcourt, Nigeria.

Pastor Ambassador Elvis Iruh is a family man married to Sandra Iruh-Monsels; theyhave two beautiful daughters, Deborah Iruh (19) and Esther Iruh (16). And twoadopted children, Risper Isioma Membo (33) and Anthony Ouma Iruh (30), bothbased in Kenya.

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About Tony Tokunbo Eteka Fernandez

Tony Tokunbo Eteka Fernandez is an International Award Winner, Published Author & Poet, Broadcast Journalist, MC and Youth Empowerment Consultant . He is also The CEO of AFRICA4U and The Founder of Africans in The Diaspora People also see him as a Cultural and Social entrepreneur, which means he is skilled in working with many different communities, bringing people together in successful focused events. Tony has organised many cultural events …involving both BME and mainstream communities. He is skilled in hosting events that reinforce community cohesion and bringing different kinds of people together. He has organised events in The UK, The U.S.A, Holland, Germany, Romania, Malta and Nigeria and has visited over 22 European Countries. Tony has also organised The Black History Month Celebrations at The UK House of Parliament for over five years in a row He continues to promote the true life and success stories of Africans in Europe and Africans around the world and has organised several small scale literary and awards initiatives aimed at empowering young people. He has also spent time as an International broadcaster and was The Producer and Presenter for AFRICA4U International Radio Talk Show at Reading4u Radio Station for nearly three years. Tony has interviewed high profile Members of Parliament, Distinguished celebrities and some of Africas best musicians including Ivonne Chaka Chaka and Kanda Bongoman. He has also been a guest on BBC Radio on numerous occasions to discuss the community cohesion events he organises at UK House of Parliament and also to recite some of his published work in memory of Nelson Mandela, 50 Years Anniversary of The race relations act and major community issues. Tony has also a Guest on popular Radio stations in Nigeria and The States In the last few years he has been very passionate about Youth empowerment, community cohesion and cultural intelligence. Tony was born in South London and has lived in several parts of England and Nigeria . He started writing at the tender age of nine, a habit he expressed with creative enthusiasm. Tony writes Poetry, short stories and proverbs on personal development. He is currently working on his 4th book which will also be his first novel. He is also into Public Speaking at Special events and Social functions and is a Mentor for young people in the UK Community. He completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at The University of Lagos, Nigeria in English and World Literature. He later went on to attain a teaching qualification at The Frances King International Training Institute, South Kensington London, it was here he studied Teaching English as a Foreign Language. He also studied Web Design at The City University in London. He published his first book in June 1999 called “The Beauty in the Dark” (A Collection of Poetry which received critical acclamation in many circles around the world). .Tony’s aim in life is to inspire the young generation and to encourage the youth to make the very best of their dreams and aspirations,. He published a 2nd book in June 2009 called ” The Sound of Running Water” – A Family gift book of proverbs and quotations on Personal Development and Positive Thinking . In December 2009, he published his 3rd book called “One Moment of Peace”.- A collection of Poetry inspired by personal experiences and spiritual growth. Besides the fact that the Artist has won International online awards, he is mostly inspired by Life experience, love, music and cultural awareness. He was Resident Poet at the 5th London Poetry Festival in 2009 and has been a guest on BBC Radio on very many occassions including The famous Anne Diamond Show. He has also been a guest on a few SKY TV stations and several International Radio Stations around The World
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1 Response to ROLE MODEL OF THE WEEK, PASTOR IRUH BASED IN THE NETHERLANDS -PUBLISHER & EDITOR IN CHIEF OF THE VOICE MAGAZINE

  1. Pastor Elvis Iruh, became a very dear friend of mine who supports my work I am doing in Kenya. We provide people with WATER 💦 and Sanitary facilities.

    He acknowledged me by giving my first award ever in my life and made my life change.

    Pastor Elvis is an amazing person who is one of those rare people who do good to the world to make it a better place. Regularly I attend his services at Victory Outreach Church for his inspiration as being a man down to earth.

    Dear Pastor Elvis, Asante Sana for your endless support and friendship.

    Marion van de Voort

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