In his preface to the biography on Nigeria’s foremost radical preacher, Pastor Tunde Bakare, written by Victorson Agbenson in 2014, a Professor of Literature and Winner of the Penguin Prize For African Writing, Pius Adesanmi wrote: “Victorson Agbenson, … is a master of the art of narrative, weaving … complex and multilayered plots …, inspirational tapestry …” No other expression could have better described the writing prowess of Comrade Victorson Agbenson.
Born on 21st of February, 1976, Victorson hails from Ovia South West Local Government Area of Edo State. But, he is a Warri boy as he attended Nana and later, Okugbe Primary School Ekpan, Uvwie L.G.A of Delta State between 1983 and 1988; Army Day Secondary School David Ejoor Barracks, Effurun Warri, Delta State from 1989 to 1994.
He was at Delta State University, Abraka as a student activist and publisher of various publications such as the guerilla Aluta Voice from 1997 to 2001. Through a principle of sticking to acceptable world standards and best practices in every struggle and dependence on the Almighty, while his fellow comrades were at Ogwashi – Ukwu prisons, he escaped the hammer of the School Management under the then Vice Chancellor, Professor Uvie Igun and still graduated with a Second Class Upper degree in Mass Communication.
This spirit of activism is still reflecting in his practice of journalism in the larger society today, as he has been championing various welfare and rights issues for journalists.
Comrade Victorson Agbenson obtained a Master’s Degree in Media Arts from the University of Abuja in 2009 and is currently a Doctoral student at the same university.
He had his NYSC in 2003 at the House of Representatives Committee on Information.
Earlier, Victorson was a store keeper at the Warri Refining And Petrochemical Company, WRPC from 1994 to 1996 when he abandoned it for lack of inner satisfaction despite the money in the oil sector.
He was House of Representatives correspondent for the Nigerian Observer Newspaper between 2002 and 2003, General correspondent FRCN 2003 to 2004, Works and Energy Correspondent 2004 to 2006; and Principal Political Correspondent (People’s Democratic Party PDP) 2010 to 2015, during which he was elected Chairman of the PDP Press Corps.
From 2006 to 2010, Agbenson was Personal Assistant to the Director General of FRCN, creditably working with three CEOs of Africa’s largest Radio Network.
Since 2016 till date, he has been Political Editor at the FRCN Headquarters Abuja.
Victorson Agbenson was Secretary, Federal Capital Territory Operation 500 Roads Monitoring Committee from 2005 to 2007; Member, National Operation 500 Roads Monitoring Committee – 2005 to 2007; Member, Special Editing Team Of The Federal Executive Council Minutes/Documents under the leadership of late Minister Of Information, Professor Dora Akunyili, 2010-2012; Chairman, Nigeria Union Of Journalists, NUJ, FRCN HQ – 2010 to 2016 and Chairman, FRCN in-House Unions from 2012 to April 2017.
He has been part of several courses and coverage within and outside the country. These include: Radio And Television Seminar for Senior Journalists and Editors of African Developing Countries in Beijing, China – June 2012, Special Embed Team for Coverage of The Anti-Terrorism Efforts of The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) – May 2016; Special Coverage of Anti-Boko Haram Operations in the North East, 2015; Speech Writing Workshop at Administrative Staff College of Nigeria (ASCON), Topo Badagry-September 2006; several labor courses at the Michael Imoudu Institute for Labor Studies, Ilorin, amongst others.
Apart from Moment Of Truth: The Compelling Story of Pastor Tunde Bakare, 2014, Safari Books Ibadan, Victorson has other publications to his credit including From Victim to Victor, 1998, In the Shadow of a Lover, 2006 and Azariah Kucha Reporting: The Story of a Nigerian Journalist, 2015.
Not unmarried, and with descendants, Victorson Agbenson, Editor, Creative Writer, Activist, Seasoned Reporter, and Missions Facilitator, can be accessed via firstname.lastname@example.org or the Newsroom of FRCN Radio House P.M.B. 452, Garki Abuja, F.C.T.
We celebrate you sir! More feathers to your cap and more outstanding accomplishments in your career.