Ace journalist, Saheed Ojubanire is one of the reporters writing for City People magazine and he is not just a run-of-the-mill writer but a very creative one. But that is not the news about the young man who
joined the popular celebrity magazine in 2009. The news about him is that he has just broken a new ground in the area of specialised publication in the media industry. And he calls his unprecedented
offering to journalism “Couple’s Diary” which he has designed for “about to wed” couples to be handed out to guests at their wedding for their reading pleasure.
Speaking with this magazine recently about his novel idea of a publication, Ojubanire said: “Couple’s Diary is a concept that came to me when I was getting married in 2011. Then, it had not been named
‘Couple’s Diary’ but was just a publication to tell the love storybetween me my bride. As a journalist I felt there was a need for my kind of job to reflect on my wedding and when I was thinking of printing the wedding programme, I had a brainwave. I thought I could do more than just a wedding programme and I came up with the idea of actually publishing the story of how my relationship with my fiancée
then, started up till when it culminated in the wedding. And inside the publication I knew I could incorporate the wedding programme I wanted to print.”
On why he has decided to make the publication a media project for interested couples, Ojubanire responded eloquently that: “From my personal experience on my wedding day, I realised that publishing the love story between me and my bride for guests to read added colour to the event to the extent that none of the guests left the publication behind. They all went away with it and it then served as a different
kind of souvenir about my wedding. As a matter of fact, an elder brother of mine still requested for two more copies from the few ones I kept for my library when he visited me and my wife about a week
after the wedding. So, I was able to imagine the kind of effect the publication had on the guests from entertaining to informing them about the love story behind the wedding they came to witness.
“And now, four years after, I stumbled on a copy of the publication in a pile of books in my library and something told me I could do what I did for myself on my wedding day for others who might be interested in my services. More so, my inspiration was born out of the fact that I am a creative writer, a feat a good number of proof-readers who worked on my reports for City People have attested to over the years. In fact, a particular woman among them, Mrs. Owoeye, kept urging me to start writing books till she left City People about two years ago. And I must confess that her encouragement made me to take up the challenge of writing a book, a biography to be more precise, for a former colleague in City People, a photo journalist, who clocked 40 in 2014 and the book was launched as part of the activities for his birthday celebration.
“So, ‘Couple’s Diary’ is designed from the perspective that rather than for guests to come to a wedding, sit, drink, eat, dance and listen to one disjointed and inaudible tale from one of the friends of the groom about how the couple met or started their relationship in the name of giving a ‘toast’, it would serve a greater purpose if journalism is employed creatively, to deal with that. Apart from the fact that, after both the bride and the groom must have been duly interviewed ahead of the wedding on how like a movie, the clapperboard clicked on their relationship and some of the episodes of love they went through together paying attention to every details, some illustrative pictures of two of them would also be taken to liven up their ‘blockbusting story’ in the publication so that it would not be drab to the readers.
“Meanwhile, there is a blog already created for ‘Couple’s Diary’ on www.thecouplesdiary.blogspot.com
where the love story would also be presented to audiences around the world to read and get inspired by it one way or the other. The soft copy of the story published for the audience at the wedding would be posted on the blog on the night of the wedding or the next day because the guests at the wedding deserve to read the love story of the subjects of the wedding they are attending first and in hard copies for keepsake, before people who were not at the wedding or may not even know the couple from around
the world can get to read same on the internet. That is the idea. So, in essence, ‘Couple’s Diary’ is an engaging narrative of a love story for people to read and get inspired by it in some ways.”
But what would it cost any “about to wed” couple to get the services of Ojubanire and be in “Couple’s Diary” on their wedding day? He had an answer for that too: “It is simple. To start with, the minimum
number of copies to be printed is 200 and it could go up to 500, 1000 or even 2000 copies depending on the number of expected guests at the wedding. And the principle of economy of scales applies like in
anything printed. That is to say that, the higher the number of copies to be printed, the lower the price to be charged. And the cost is quite flexible and negotiable vis-à-vis the current economic reality in the country. So, I can be reached on 07034570500 or 08121366599 fornegotiation. I can also be reached via email: email@example.com
and people can check a sample of ‘Couple’s Diary’ on
Saheed Ojubanire who has converted his hitherto full employment with City People Magazine to a freelance engagement read Mass Communication and specialized in print journalism at the prestigious Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta, Ogun State. He had a rear privilege of being an Editor, Managing Editor, Editor-in-Chief and Vice Chairman of Editorial Board of different campus publications as a student. He had work experience with Radio Lagos/Eko fm, Insider Weekly Magazine, African Mail International Magazine, News Digest Magazine, Ebonyi Voice Newspaper (Now, The Voice of Reason) where he ran a column on “Youth Matters” as a corps member in Ebonyi State before joining City People Magazine. He was employed as Movie/Music Reporter with thecelebrity magazine before being redeployed to Society Reporting due to his exceptional ability to capture graphic realities in his writings.