Alhaji Adedayo Thomas was appointed on March 30, 2017 by President Muhammadu Buhari as the Executive Director of the National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVSB).
A Journalist, Liberal Political and Economic Advocate, Theatre Artist/Critic and Philanthropist with strong believe in Free Market Economy, Peace and Prosperity. He is the Executive Director/Publisher of African Liberty Organization for Development (ALOD) –A non-profit Think-Tank that strives to promote ideas and institutions of the free society in Africa. He is also the Africa Regional Director of Language of Liberty Institute, USA. At the Initiative for Public Policy Analysis (IPPA), he is the Director of Research and Operations. He has also worked at the International Press Centre (IPC) Ogba Lagos as the Production Editor of her international Anti-corruption magazine. A regular guest speaker at over 50 universities spread across African continent on developmental and policy issues is a board member of several Non Profit Organization including but not limited to Istanbul Network For Liberty.UK, Foundation for Economic Initiative and Development. Nigeria. As former student activist/leader at the Kwara State Polytechnic, University of Jos and Nigerian Institute of Journalism, he has dedicated all his effort to serving humanity-preaching peace as a tool for development. In 2015/16 during the Transition Committee constituted by the Lagos State Government, Adedayo Thomas served as Head Committee of three departments (Poverty Eradication and Women Affairs, Health and Education) at Oshodi/Isolo Local Government Council. Before his appointment on March 2017 as the Executive Director of the National Films and Censors Board by President Muhammadu Buhari, he served as the Special Adviser to the Chief Executive Officer/Chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA)
Adedayo has a B A (Theatre Arts) and Post Graduate Diploma in Public Relations from University of Jos and Nigerian Institute of Journalism respectively, a Diplomate of Cato University, USA in Philosophy, History, Jurisprudence, and Economics of Liberty and an MBA in Think -Tank Management from the Atlas Economic Research Foundation in Washington D.C. He also bagged a Master’s degree in Development Studies from the Nigerian Defense Academy. Kaduna. Nigeria
Aside from heading and carrying out extensive research work on several areas, Adedayo has undertaken many field research related to the provision of public services. He has written, presented and published several papers on economic development, Theatre Arts, conflict, good governance and democracy at national and international conferences. He co-authored -A letter from Jonathan Gullible based on the original novel, The Adventures of Jonathan Gullible by Ken Schoolland. He has published in both national and international print media. As a core evangelist of a free society, Adedayo carries his messages to University students in English speaking African Institutions in Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Uganda and a host of others. Mostly seen in the Nigerian Parliament in defense of sound policies and features in both local and international media. He published Victor Dugga’s award winning play called A bridge of Strings, Had I known and April 1421 by Tor J. Iorapuu , In Defense of Global Capitalism by Johan Norberg, Selected Essays on Political Economy by Frederic Bastiat, Twenty Myths about Markets by Tom G. Palmer, A letter from Jonathan Gullible (a play based on the original novel, The Adventures of Jonathan Gullible by Ken Schoolland), Voices from Africa edited by George Ayittey and The African Version of “The Morality of Capitalism titled The Free Markets and Justice. The African Version of After the Welfare State retitled The Bubble that Crashed the World Economy, and many others.
As a philanthropist, Adedayo built and donated a Primary Health Care Centre (PHC) to Lagos State Government at the riverine areas of Shagbokoji under Amuwo Odofin Local Government in 2006. He has donated over 100,000 Mosquito Nets and Anti Malarial drugs to various communities in Lagos State (2006-date) and has and still contributing immensely to several developmental programs of Oshodi/ Isolo local government Area of Lagos State. He represented the Local Government in Finland during Nigeria at 50 and facilitated the Sister-Cities collaboration with Oshodi Local Government and the Finland Government. He sponsored 25 Oshodi youths on educational seminars to Ghana, Tanzania, and South Africa. Last month (Aug), he sourced and secured the donation of a container load of tertiary institution books to the newly constructed Oshodi library. He has distributed over 20000 CD that contains 100 textbooks to Lagos State University Students.
In 2015, he started another yearly empowerment programs for the artisans to encourage SME’s with distributions of Fridges/Freezers. Handicap Wheelchairs, Gas cooker and cylinder, Microwaves, Food items, Cloths, Fans, Kitchen interties, etc. The two editions held have empowered 200 households in Oshodi/Isolo Local Government Area council of Lagos State.
Fondly called DAYO ADUKE-THOMAS in the social circle and known as OBAMA by youths and political colleagues. Loves music and great ideas.