Dr Hassan John is an adjunct and speaker for Ravi Zacharias International Ministries. He is a Nigeria born journalist and community development worker through peace-keeping initiatives, and educational and entrepreneurial programmes for Internally Displaced Peoples.
In 2010 Hassan became a stringer and local producer for CNN, reporting on the ethnoreligious conflicts in Jos from the first bomb attacks on Christmas eve in 2010. Hassan broke the news of the abduction of the 276 Chibok girls by Boko Haram in Chibok, Borno State, Northeastern Nigeria.
He worked as a journalist for a local media house for 10 years before becoming the Media Director of the Anglican Diocese of Jos, Nigeria. He belongs to the Nigerian Union of Journalists, and has received awards such as the Anglican Diocese of Jos Merit Award, the Rotaract Club, Jos North Award, and the Business Men’s Club, Jos Award.
Hassan spends the majority of his time working in voluntary and community work. He works among the Muslim and Christian women and youth in Jos, organising a peacebuilding initiative after a number of years of religious crises. The project involves joint skills acquisition and economic empowerment. Hassan is also involved in raising funds to provide education for those children orphaned during the Jos crisis.
In the Displaced People’s Camps of Adamawa and Borno States, Hassan works to assist vulnerable children in receiving education and enabling young men and women re-engage and to become helpful members of their communities.
Hassan holds an MA in Dramatic Literature, an MDiv and a DMin from the Anglican Theological Seminary, Abeokuta. He also holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Theology from the Christian Institute in Jos; a certificate in Digital Communication from the Media Village in Alteinsteig, Germany; a Postgraduate Certificate in Theology from Wycliffe Hall, Oxford; and a Certificate in Christian Apologetics from the OCCA.
Hassan is married to a wonderful woman, Hannatu. They have three children. Sharon, Lester and Valerie.