AGBESE, Dan Ochima

Born May 20, 1944

Agila, Okpokwu,





B.A., M.Sc.

Agbese is a well-regarded and respected Columnist in Nigeria. He is a famous Satirist.
Gender: Male
Marital Status
  • Married
Name of Spouse Rose Oga, 1974
State of Origin: Benue State
Father's Name Philip Agbese Onazi
Father's Status N/A
Mother's Name
Mother's Status N/A
Number of Male Children 2
Number of Female Children 4
Profession Veteran Journalist , Columnist , Author
Working Experience Teacher, 1963-66; Library Assistant, 1966-67; Staff Writer, New Nigerian Newspaper, 1967-70; Chief Sub- Editor,the Nigerian Standard, Jos, 1974-76;

Executive Director, MayFive Media Limited

Previous Appointments:

Assistant Editor, The Nigerian Standard, 1976-78; Editor, The Nigerian Standard, 1978-80; General Manager, Radio Benue, Makurdi, 1980; Special Adviser and Director of Information, Benue State, 1980-82; Editor, New Nigerian, Kaduna, 1982-84: Co-Founder and Managing Editor, Newswatch Magazine, Lagos, 1984- 86; Appointed, Deputy Editor-in-Chief/ Deputy Chief Executive, Newswatch, Lagos, 1986-1994; Editor-in- Chief, Newswatch, Lagos,1994-2011; Director, Nigerian Magazines Limited, U.K.

Fellow, Nigeria Guild of Editors

Native Authority School, Otobi, 1957-59, Government Teachers' Training College, Keffi, 1960-62, University of Lagos, 1970-73, Thomson Foundation, Cardiff, UK, 1976, Columbia University. Morningside Heights, New York, USA, 1976-77;

He wrote popular columns for The Nigeria Standard and Newswatch magazine. He is the author of eight books:
Turning Points in the Political History of Nigeria, 1966 – 1999;

Fellow Nigerians: Turning Points in the Political History of Nigeria. 2000.

Nigeria, their Nigeria, Babangida: Military, Politics and Power in Nigeria,

Style: A Guide to Good Writing,

The Reporter’s Companion and The Columnist’s Companion: The Art and Craft of Column Writing,

The Energy Crises in Nigeria,

In the Service of My Country: Selected Speeches of Abdullahi Adamu.

He has also contributed chapters to several books on Nigerian politics.

Winner, Poetry Prize, First All Nigeria Festival Arts and Culture, 1969;

British Council Playwright Prize, 1969;

Pitman Prize, University of Lagos, 1973;

John Taylor Award, Columbia University, 1977

reading, photography, squash

3rd Avenue, 303 Road, House 1, Festac Town, Lagos.

Agbese’s style of writing has been the subject of thesis by students in the University of Jos, University of Ibadan and Benue State University.

He was detained by the Abacha administration in 1994 for conducting an interview with David Mark that was critical of the government.

Official Address:
MayFive Media Limited
10B Acme Road

+234 (0) 8033218058
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