*Brings rich portfolio to bear on his assignment
Gov. Willie Obiano of Anambra has named veteran journalist, Mr Tony Obiora Nezianya, as one of his Special Assistants on media.
Nezianya, whose appointment took effect from 1st August 2017, has been seconded to the Anambra State Ministry of Information and Strategy.
He brings on board 34-year experience from the services of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) and the Echonewsng.com.
He retired from the Agency as Director/Head of the Sports and the Lagos Metropolitan Desks; and had served as Zonal Manager in charge of the five South East states, at the NAN regional headquarters in Enugu.
In the course of duty tours, he had in 1992 been elected as Chairman of the Lagos State branch of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), a position, he occupied for three years.
He also served for two terms of eight years on the Executive Board of the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) as its Public Relations Officer (PRO).
From this vantage position, he was named as Media Officer of `Team Nigeria’ to the 2003 All Africa Games staged by Nigeria in Abuja; at which Nigeria hosted and eventually emerged as champions by topping in the overall medals table.
He served as leader of the Nigerian delegation to the Afro-Asian Games in Hyderabad, India in 2003.
Nezianya had also served as Head of Media, Team Nigeria, to various other Games including, the 2002 Commonwealth Games, `2002 Manchester Games’, the `2006 Melbourne Games’, the 2004 Athens Olympic Games in Greece, the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in China.
He had also in the course of his duty tour to NOC, been Media Officer to the 2007 All Africa Games in Algiers.
His first coverage of major Games was way back in 1987 covered the 4th All Africa Games in Nairobi, Kenya.
He holds a Diploma in Journalism from the Ghana Institute of Journalism, Accra, Ghana, in 1982. He also earned a Higher National Diploma (HND) from the Yaba College of Technology, Lagos.
He obtained an Advanced Diploma in Journalism from the Times Journalism Institute (TJI), Lagos, and possesses an Advanced Diploma in Sports Management from the National Institute for Sports (NISports), Lagos.
A widely travelled journalist, he had traversed the African continent and indeed virtually all the continents of the World, serving humanity through carrying the message of sports.
Indeed, Nezianya, the most travelled in NAN and well-known within the Olympic circles; covered five Olympic Games – Sydney 2000, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016.
Nezianya had served on the boards of the Nigeria Wrestling Federation (NWF), the Handball Federation (HFN). He currently serves on the board of the National Triathlon Union.
He served on the Enugu Sub-seat of the Local Organising Committee (LOC) for the 2009 FIFA U-17World Cup as Media Head of the Sub-seat.
He is married with children.