Ray Ekpu was born on August 6, 1948, in Ukanafun Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State. He has under his belt a bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in Mass Communication from the University of Lagos. In addition, he acquired a post-graduate diploma in journalism from Indiana University, Bloomington United States of America.
In his more 40 years of journalism practice, he has edited the following publications: Sunday Chronicle (Acting Editor) Nigerian Chronicle, Sunday Times and Business Times. He was also chairman of the Editorial Board of the Concord Group of Newspapers. In 1984, he and three other editors founded the Newswatch newsmagazine which proved to be a path-breaker that won many national and international awards. Ray Ekpu was for several years the magazine’s Editor in chief and for 25 years the company’s Chief Executive Officer.
Mr. Ekpu was the President of the Newspaper Proprietors’ Association of Nigeria (NPAN) well as the President of the Commonwealth Journalists Association (CJA), an association of Editors and publishers in 54 commonwealth countries. Mr. Ekpu has won many awards including the Young Persons of the World Award (Australia 1988), International Editor of the year Award (New York 1987), and Lifetime Achievement in Journalism Award (Kenya 2010).
Mr. Ekpu is a fellow of the Nigerian Guild of Editors (FNGE) and an Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON). He was a member of the 2014 National Conference.