Alhaji Lai Raufu Mohammed is currently the Nigerian Minister of Information and Culture, a Nigerian lawyer, business man and former National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC). He was born in 1952 into the family of Alhaji Mohammed Adekeye of Irepodun LG of Kwara State.
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In 1975, He earned a bachelor’s degree in French from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife and a Law degree from the University of Lagos. As a practicing lawyer, he attended the Nigerian Law School in 1986 and co-founded the legal firm of Edu & Mohammed in 1989.
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Alhaji Lai Mohammed served as the Chairman of Optmedia Limited, a subsidiary of Afromedia Plc since December 18, 2008. He is also the Director of Afromedia PLC since May 2011. He is a member of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) and worked as Public Relations Officer with the Nigerian Airport Authority, now Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN).
He was a contestant for the governorship election of Kwara State in April 2003 Kwara under the Alliance for Democracy platform. He served as Governor Tinubu’s Chief of Staff during his first term. Alhaji Lai Mohammed is also a writer and the author of Witness to History: Action Congress of Nigeria and the Struggle for Democracy, Liberty and Justice.
On 11th November, 2015, Alhaji Lai Mohammed was sworn in by President Muhammadu Buhari as Minister of Information and Culture following his appointment and successful screening by the Nigerian Senate.