Get to know the new Director-General; Rivers State Tourism Development Agency (RSTDA) Mr. #YiboKoko.
Since Thursday the 2nd of January, 2020 when the news of the announcement of the appointment filtered into public domain, there have been a flurry of thoughts; commendation, goodwill messages and appreciation, etc with respect to the appointment of YIBO KOKO by his Excellency, the Executive Governor of Rivers State, Nigeria.
Whereas to many, Mr. Yibo Koko needs no introduction, but it is important to underscore the wealth of experience in mental and practical terms that qualifies him as deserving of this appointment by His Excellency the Executive Governor of Rivers State, Barr. Nyesom Ezenwo Wike.
Firstly, Mr. Koko is a thorough bred, “Port Harcourt boy”. An alumnus of the famous Okrika Grammar School, (OGS) Okrika.
He is also a graduate of the University of Port Harcourt where he bagged a degree in Theatre Arts specializing in Directing with his Project: Waiting for Godot by Samuel Becket; which was adjudged the best Student Directing Project in 1991.
The desire to increase capacity in the creative industry, led him to attend New York Film Academy @ St. Catherine’s College, Oxford University where he studied Film Making before proceeding to Universal Studios Hollywood California, for Advanced Film Making.
His Thesis Film: A Clean Woman (35mm) Screened @ Warner Bros Studio (won Best Film September A 2006 Film Makers).
In July 2014, he was a Guest Speaker at The Arts Council of WS80 London, on the Topic- The Power of Art – A Nigerian experience.
He has also spoken at a TEDx event in 2013 on the Topic- “Vision, the Art of Seeing Things Invisible.”
In April, 2012 he was awarded the Distinguished Alumnus Award in recognition of his contribution to the growth of the Nigerian Film Industry.
Mr. Koko, was appointed Sub Committee Chairman at 17th National Sports Festival 2011 Rivers State (Garden City Games, Opening and Closing ceremonies). He was in charge of Concept/Creative Development and production in Collaboration with CHINA BEIAD INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL AND SPORTS COMPANY.
His contribution to the movie industry attracted an ‘Award of Excellence’ at the 10th Anniversary of the Women of African Descent Film Festival Brooklyn! New York in May 2010.
Also, Mr. Koko served as Concept Designer/Implementation and Delivery – People of The World Band, Nottinghill Carnival and won the Best Float Nottinghill Carnival London.
Furthermore, Mr. Koko has been the Creative Consultant to MASTA BLASTA BAND Calabar Carnival. He emerged Winner Best Float Design 2010, 2012. Also, he won Overall Best Carnival Band 2012, 2013 and 2014.
Similarly, he served as Concept designer for Movement/Choreography/Carnival Float for Rivers State contingents at the Abuja Carnival-and won Overall Best 2008 and 2009 Abuja Carnival.
In May of 2008: He was the Recipient of the ‘Outstanding Achievement in Film Making Award’ at the 42nd Brooklyn Arts Council International Film Festival, Long Island University, New York.
Mr. Koko has embarked on notable key projects over the years within and outside Nigeria which includes:
1. ENERGY ENVIRONMENTAL & INVESTMENT FORUM
Set and Production Design, Online videography, Sound and ambience creation, for Rivers State Government.
FORUM SPEAKERS: Lech Walesa (former President of Poland), Jose Luise Patero (former PM of Spain), Francois Charles Fillon (former PM of France), John Kufour (Former president 0f Ghana, Mohammed Ibn Chambers (UN Envoy and former ECOWAS President etc.
2. Inauguration of President Bony Yayi of Benin Republic in Porto Novo
(In charge of Production and set design including online videography).
3. Visit of Pope Benedict XVI to Benin Republic
(In charge of Event Management with Production and Set design).
4. CREATIVE CONSULTANT TO THE RIVERS STATE MINISTRY OF CULTURE AND TOURISM 2008: Concept Developed and implemented for the Carnival in Rivers State (CARNIRIV 2008).
Mr. Yibo Koko’s professional experience includes but not limited to:
1. Executive Producer/Creative Director, NIGERIA’S GOT TALENT FRANCHISE.
2. Consultant: BONGOE TV SOUTH AFRICA.
3. Production Consultant Africa Magic MNET West Africa.
4. Head of Production: Africa Magic MNET West Africa.
5. Until his recent appointment as Director-General, Rivers State Tourism Development Agency (RSTDA), he was CREATIVE/PRODUCTION DIRECTOR – YIBS ENSEMBLE LIMITED and the CHAIRMAN, Seki Dance Foundation.
He has attended various workshops around the globe on; Culture and Tourism, Conflict Resolution, Media Arts, Sales and Marketing, Cinematography, etc.
He is a member Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) and Directors Guild of Nigeria (DGN) also a member of National Association of Nigerian Theatre Arts Practitioners (NANTAP), Rivers State Chapter, amongst other professional bodies.
His hobbies include; Volleyball, Reading, Travelling and Squash, Production designing.
Don Kester Oshioreame.