ABATI, Dr. Reuben Adeleye

Born November 7, 1965

Abeokuta, Ogun State





B.A., M.A., LL.B, Ph.D, MNIM

Gender: Male
Marital Status
  • Married
Name of Spouse Iyabo Abati (Ex-wife) , Lara Abati (Current wife)
State of Origin: Ogun State
Father's Name
Father's Status N/A
Mother's Name
Mother's Status N/A
Number of Male Children 5
Number of Female Children 1

James Abati
Elizabeth Eyitope Abati
Daniel Abati
Samuel Abati
Michael Abati
Richard Abati

Profession Journalist , Legal practitioner , Administrator
Working Experience

Columnist, Tuesday With Reuben Abati, Thisday Newspaper

Previous Appointments:

Contributing Editor, Hints and Chanelle Magazines, Lagos, 1989-91;
Graduate Assistant, Department of Theatre Arts, University of Benin, 1985-1986;
Teaching Assistant, 1986-1990;
Lecturer II, Ogun State University, 1990;
Visiting Lecturer, Ogun State University, 1992-96;
Consultant, Africa Leadership Forum, Ota, Ogun State, since 1994;
Contributing Editor, Hearts Magazine, 1994-95;
Consultant, Quality Assurance Project, USAID, Nigeria, 1995;
Consultant, John Hopkins University, USAID, Nigeria; Consultant, UNICEF, Lagos, 1995-96;
Intern, Editorial Page Department, The Baltimore Sun, Baltimore, USA, 1997;
Intern, Editorial Page, Los Angeles Times, Times Square, USA, 1997;
Editorial Page Editor, Guardian Newspaper / Chairman, Editorial Board, 1999-2011;
Member and Co-presenter, Patitos Gang, 2000-2011;
Acting, Editorial Page Editor, 2001;
Chairman, Editorial Board, since 2003;
Member of the Governing Council of Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State, 2003-2011;
Member of the Board of the Lagos State Security Trust Fund (2007-2011);
Special Adviser, Media and Publicity and as Official Spokesperson to President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria (2011-2016)

University Scholar, University of Ibadan

Association of Nigerian Authors;
Nigerian Institute of Management;
The Nigeria Union of Journalists;
The Nigerian Guild of Editors.
Honorary Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Letters.

St. John’s Anglican Primary School, Igbein-Kuto, Abeokuta, Ogun State, 1971-76; Lisabi Grammar School, Abeokuta, 1976-81; University of Calabar, 1981-85; University of Ibadan, Oyo State, 1986-87; University of Ibadan, Oyo State,1987-90; Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos, 1994-1999; College of Journalism, University of Maryland, College Park, United States, 1996-97; Said Business School, University of Oxford, 2015.

21st Century Trust, St. John’s College, University of Cambridge, UK, 1994;
Fellow, Hubert Humphrey, 1996-97;
Fellow of The Nigeria Leadership Initiative;
Member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

Hadj Alade Odunewu/Diamond Award for Media Excellence Prize for Informed Commentary, 1998;
The Cecil King Memorial Prize for Print Journalist of the Year (1998);
The Fletcher Challenge Commonwealth Prize for Opinion Writing (2000);
Diamond Award for Media Excellence Prize for Informed Commentary, 2000;
Fletcher-Challenge Newspaper Award, Rotary Club of Falomo, 2002;
Award of Honor, Rotary Club of Victoria Island-East, 2002;
The Freedom Peace Prize for Journalism (2010);
The Red Media Africa Living Legends Industry Award (2015)

Co-author, Odutola: The Biography of T.A. Odutola, ALF Publications, 1995.

National Merit Award Scholarship of the Federal Government of Nigeria, 1982-85:
Class Valedictorian, Graduating Class, University of Calabar, 1985:
Kappa Sigma Prize, University of Calabar, 1985;
Vice-Chancellor’s Prize, University of Calabar, 1985;
Ekpo Archibong Prize, University of Calabar, 1985;
Certificate of Distinction in Acting. University of Calabar, 1985;
Informed Commentary Prize, DAME, 1998; 2000;
NMMA Ernest Ikoli Prize for Print Journalist of the Year, 1998;

Travelling, writing

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