Oris Aigbokhaevbolo is an award-winning writer, critic, editor, and media business consultant. He holds a Doctor of Pharmacy degree and is one of the most acclaimed writers of his generation.
His first book, A Decade with Wizkid, Genevieve, and Chimamanda: Essays and Reviews on Nigerian Pop Culture, which covers the art, politics, and business of popular culture, is forthcoming in the last quarter of 2020.
He began his career as a pharmacist at the Federal Capital Development Agency and got a start as a writer producing copy for the European Union and freelancing for several national newspapers including The Sun, The Guardian, and This Day. He also wrote a general interest column for the Abuja-based magazine Metropole, which was founded by Waziri Adio, the current Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Executive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI).
He is the winner of an All Africa Music Award for Journalism and was the recipient of a special award given by the Felabration Festival for his editing and curation of a selection of articles on Fela Kuti.
In 2014, he became the first writer invited to the film journalism academies in South Africa, Germany, and the Netherlands in a single year. He was also invited to the 2020 edition of the Sundance Festival, the biggest independent film festival in the US.
For a half-decade, Oris was West Africa English editor at Music In Africa, a platform supported by the Siemens Foundation and the German Cultural Centre (popularly known as the Goethe Institut).
While there, he was selected as the winter 2016 writer-in-residence at the island of Sylt. In the same year, he was named appointed as a mentor for aspiring culture journalists at the Durban International Film Festival in South Africa. He later founded the Write With Style workshop to help businesses and individuals express themselves in writing. So far, the workshop has trained dozens of professionals across several fields.
A member of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), Oris has worked with entertainers, an ad agency, a telecoms company, healthcare businesses, and political figures. He runs the boutique consulting firm C&B Limited, which was created to connect political entities as well as business and cultural bodies to a mainstream audience. He also runs The Art Chat, a series covering the most important persons shaping Nigerian culture today. His guests have included journalists, novelists, poets, branding experts, songwriters, TV showrunners, Nollywood directors, and the Cultural Officer of the US Embassy.
His writing has appeared in Africa focused publications The Africa Report, Chimurenga, Bella Naija, and This Is Africa. He has also been published in the American publications
Catapult and n+1, and has covered the oldest film festival in Africa, Burkina Faso’s FESPACO, for The Guardian UK. He is a regular commentator on Smooth FM and has consulted for the BBC and the French media service AFP.