Mr. Ogunlesi who is one of Nigeria’s most active Twitter users was among the foremost youth who supported Buhari’s election in the 2015 general elections.
Mr. Ogunlesi will manage the Buhari administration’s social media activity, a role played by Reno Omokiri for the former administration under Goodluck Jonathan.
Before this appointment, Mr. Ogunlesi was a freelance writer, contributing articles to various publications, most of them abroad. He also wrote opinion articles in many Nigerian newspapers.
Mr. Ogunlesi was originally trained as a pharmacist and worked as Features Editor for the defunct 234NEXT newspapers. In 2009 he was awarded the Arts and Culture prize in the annual CNN Multichoice African Journalism Awards. He won the CNN award again in 2013 in another category.
Mr. Ogunlesi tweets via @toluogunlesi and has 143,000 followers.