David Inyene-Obong Nugboyon Oluwaseun Dario Hundeyin is a Nigerian journalist, author, and broadcaster. He has held positions at The Africa Report, The Washington Post, BusinessDay, and CNN. His work as a satirist on The Other News with Okey Bakassi was highlighted in a Netflix documentary about the programme and the New Yorker magazine.
David Hundeyin was born on May 6, 1990, in Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria. He maintains a high level of privacy; thus very little is known about his parents. He attended Grange School, Lagos, for his primary education. After finishing his primary education, he enrolled at the famous Atlantic Hall for his secondary studies. In 2011, he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in creative writing, culture, and society from the University of Hull. Additionally, he was also a radio host for an American company.
In 2012, David Hundeyin began working with KPMG UK as a project assistant.
He started working at Direct Group Limited in 2013 as a Sales and Service Adviser. In 2014, he then rose to the position of account executive.
David Hundeyin has collaborated with and written for many national and international media outlets.
His writings have been featured on CNN, Business Day, The African Report, The New Yorker Magazine, and Netflix.
From 2017 until 2018, David Hundeyin worked as a television writer for Channels Television’s Other News.
In 2018, he began serving as the Head of Content for BHM Group Nigeria and as a freelance reporter for Beln Crypto.
He joined Business Day and News Wire NGR as a contributing writer and columnist, respectively, in 2019.
David Hundeyin has been a columnist for Vanguard publications since February 2020 and the West African Correspondent for The African Report since December 2019.
Between August 2019 and March 2020, following Invictus Obi’s arrest by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, he worked as a commentator for CNN (FBI).
Between 2018 and 2019, David Hundeyin also served as the host of African Business Radio and a contributor to CNN markets.
State of origin
David Hundeyin hails from Akwa Ibom State in the South-South region of Nigeria.
David Hundeyin’s Nasco story
On October 3, 2021, Hundeyin released a report titled “Cornflakes for Jihad: The Boko Haram Origin Story.” The study chronicles how Ahmed Idris Nasreddin, the founder of NASCO Group, is said to have supported terrorism in Nigeria.
According to the report, there was a gap between the facts and the information released to the public that was so wide that it was hardly credible for a respectable businessman who looked like he could not hurt a fly to be put in the same article as a story about the world’s deadliest terrorist organisation.
After the statement was made, Hundeyin reiterated his initial claim that Nasreddin had “cut some kind of deal with the US government, probably involving asset forfeitures to get his name off the list of terror financiers,” although the UN Security Council had delisted him rather than cleared him of funding terrorism.
To disprove NASCO’s assertion that its accounts were never frozen, Hundeyin also tweeted a statement from the NIA regarding the freezing of NASCO’s account.
The company has, however, come out to state that the claims are false.
David Hundeyin’s Tinubu story
The story by David Hundeyin titled ‘From Drug Lord To Presidential Candidate’ on Bola Ahmed Tinubu gained much attention on social media.
Shortly after, Tinubu disparaged the Labour Party members, saying they would labour to death. The story was published on Wednesday, July 13.
The extensive article explains how the Tinubu of a Chicago cocaine cartel from the 1990s has become a front-runner for Nigeria’s most important position.
The researcher had sworn to do everything in his power to work against the 70-year-old politician, famously known as Jagaban of Lagos, after leaving Nigeria due to the EndSARS protests.
According to the story, Tinubu worked in Chicago to help the Akandes launder cocaine money. The Akandes were well-known drug lords from Nigeria. He forfeited some money when it was found in his possession but kept the remainder. In 1999, he took advantage of that to win elections.
It also claimed that Tinubu’s bond with the Chagourys, who served as Abacha‘s money launderers, is very strong. It added that his real name is not Bola Tinubu, and his age and identity have been changed.
David Hundeyin’s net worth is estimated at N415 million to N3.3 billion. This is due to his works for CNN, BusinessDay, The Africa Report, and The Washington Post.
David Hundeyin got married at 25. He claimed to have met her through the National Youth Service Corps.
They divorced three years after getting married. There was a lot of discussion about the divorce on social media.
He disclosed to the world that he was emotionally hurt throughout the marriage.
David Hundeyin was nominated by the US Department of State in 2018 for the 2019 Edward Murrow Program for Journalists, which is part of the International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP). He received the People Journalist for Informed Community 2020 Award in 2021.
David Hundeyin earned the prize for his writing on the Infectious Diseases Bill, which Nigeria’s House of Representatives discussed during the COVID-19 lockdown.