Lamide Akintobi is an award winning journalist and television personality with over a decade of experience in TV, in front of and behind the camera. She is currently a freelance producer & presenter, event host and moderator, and recently launched her production company - Something Special Media Productions Ltd.
She was born in Lagos, Nigeria, and was educated there until her third year of secondary school. She moved to London to complete her secondary education at Archbishop Michael Ramsey, after which she attended Bacon's College, also in London, for her A-Levels.
She moved to the U.S, first attending Volunteer State Community College in Tennessee and graduated Summa cum Laude with an A.A Degree in Broadcast Journalism & Spanish. During her time there, she served as a Student Leader, was a founding member and Vice President of the school's International Student Association, a Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society member and a Dean's List Student every semester. Outside of school, she served as a volunteer tutor and mentor at ‘Children are People,’ an after-school program for young black students. After this, she accepted an academic scholarship to Texas A&M University - Commerce (formerly ETSU), where she was a member of the Pi of Texas Honors Society and pledged Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, a community service organization. She graduated from TAMU-C with a B.A Degree in Broadcast Journalism and Spanish (Magna cum laude), and followed that up in 2011 with an M.A (with Merit) in International Journalism from City University, London, which she attended as a British Council Chevening Scholar.
She has worked as a news anchor, producer and reporter at Channels Television and Television Continental, and was a freelance presenter/producer at Ebonylife TV, a Pan-African Entertainment Network. She co-created, co-presented and produced “The Spot,” one of the channel's most popular shows until it wrapped in mid-2017. She produced and presented several other programs on the channel, including Classic Moments: True Stories, EL Now, The Calabar Jazz Festival, The Calabar Carnival, With Mikel - a special docu-reality program on Chelsea F.C player Mikel Obi, VVIP, and Travel/Documentary Specials in Rwanda. She also hosted/moderated panels in which she interviewed President Goodluck Jonathan, President Muhammad Buhari, and other top government officials. She is the Season 2 host for the TV show “Church Culture“ produced by Red Media/YNaija TV, and airing on Channels TV, and has worked as a freelance producer on CNN’s Africa Features, namely African Voices, Marketplace Africa and The Profit Point.
In addition to this, she has worked on independent programs & documentaries and content acquisition for TV channels.
She won a Future Award for "On Air Personality of the Year" in 2009, as well as a “Women in Media” award and the Ogun State Young Achiever award. In December 2013, she was honoured as one of the 100 “Guardians of the Future” by The Future Africa Project in a ceremony at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. She was also named "One of 50 Women Changing Journalism in Nigeria" by the Women in Journalism Nigeria Organization in 2015.
She has also served as the editor of Diaspora Quarterly, a quarterly magazine focused on telling the stories of Nigerians in the Diaspora, and returnees making a difference in Nigeria, In addition to this, she is a media & presentation coach, a voice-over artist specializing mostly in IVR, a content consultant, a freelance sub-editor, panel moderator/event host, and a documentary maker who loves adventure, good food, travel, music, movies, learning new languages and reading.