20623
Reuben Abati
OFFLINE

Profile

Reuben Abati, chairman, editorial board of The Guardian newspapers, is a very brilliant scholar cum journalist who has contributed greatly to nation-building through his unique style of discussing topical issues in his columns.

Abati's approach of using dialogue, narrative, essay and satire to deal with serious national issues has made his columns captivating to many readers. Most of his articles are laced with humour and this makes readers to be carried along. What exactly informed his style of writing?

Abati had a First Class Honours degree in Theatre Arts at the University of Calabar and won the Vice Chancellor's prize as the overall best graduating student of the university in 1985 among several other prizes for academic excellence. At the University of Ibadan where he did his masters and Ph.D in Theatre Arts, he distinguished himself as a university scholar between 1987 and 1990. He completed his Ph.D at the age of 24 within just two years, specialising in Dramatic Literature, Theory and Criticism.

He also did a journalism programme as Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow, College of Journalism, University of Maryland, College Park, United States between 1996 and 1997. And in 1997, he earned an LL.B (Hons) from the Lagos State University, Ojo. The training in these three fields has immensely impacted on his writings.

As a scholar who taught a course on the aesthetics of laughter in the university, Abati finds it easy to use humour to convey his message in a dramatic and impactful manner.

As a columnist, Abati is motivated by happenings within the society and because there is never a dull moment in Nigeria, he finds the task of writing on topical issues very exciting. He is quite aware that columnists are agenda-setters who use the newspaper platform to provide leadership by assisting the public in formulating their own reaction to issues.

Over the years, Abati has won several awards for his well-informed commentaries and professional excellence both nationally and internationally. They include: The Cecil King Memorial Prize for Print Journalist of the Year, 1998; The Diamond Award for Media Excellence for Informed Commentary, 1998; Fletcher Challenge Commonwealth Prize for Opinion Writing, 2000; and Diamond Award for Media Excellence for Informed Commentary, 2000.

Abati who was a university teacher between 1985 and 1996 found it very easy to transit from the academia to journalism because both as a student and lecturer, he was consistently contributing articles to virtually all the leading Nigerian newspapers. From 1989 to 1991, he was contributing editor, Hints and Channele, both Lagos based romance magazines. He also freelanced during the period for The Guardian, Daily Sketch, Democrat, Nigerian Tribune and Daily Times. Between 1994 and 1995, he was contributing editor, Hearts, a romance magazine which he assisted in setting up. For eight months he maintained two columns under a pseudonym.

But before Abati went into journalism on a full-time basis, he was having a promising career in the academia. He was a graduate assistant, Department of Theatre Arts, University of Benin, 1985-1986 where he served as a member of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC. While pursuing higher degrees at the University of Ibadan between 1986 and 1990, he was a teaching assistant in the "Premier University." Immediately after the completion of his Ph.D in 1990, he was appointed Lecturer II at the Department of English, Ogun State University.

Articles


List of articles by this author. See other tabs for other types of contribution

_UE_ARTICLEDATE_UE_ARTICLETITLE_UE_ARTICLERATING
03/08/2015 09:04:13´╗┐´╗┐We Challenge Buhari to a Debate / 0
02/15/2015 01:43:36´╗┐´╗┐ObasanjoÔÇÖs Unwarranted Attack On President Jonathan Is Odious, Repugnant And Self-Serving / 0
07/10/2014 08:28:58NigeriaÔÇÖs Offensive Against BÔÇÖHaram Charges Of A ÔÇśDo-NothingÔÇÖ Strategy Are Misconceived  / 0
05/13/2014 13:53:40Jonathan, NÔÇÖguesso Urge African Leaders To Intensify Efforts To Eradicate Terrorism / 0
05/12/2014 15:57:04Jonathan To Consult Congolese President On Security / 0
05/11/2014 12:47:16#BringBackOurGirls: Israeli Experts To Join Others In Search For Missing Girls ÔÇô PresJonathan  / 0
04/23/2014 15:28:27President Jonathan Applauds General BuhariÔÇÖs Patriotic Call For National Unity Against Terrorism / 0
04/16/2014 11:08:14President Jonathan summons Governors & National #Security Council members  / 0
04/10/2013 13:31:39Leadership Newspaper, Media Responsibility and the Police / 0
02/02/2013 19:33:57The hypocrisy of yesterday's men / 1
11/12/2012 06:49:23Jonathan and the Ribadu report / 0
11/05/2012 13:29:18Why the US Election Matters / 0
10/30/2012 07:06:40President Jonathan and the Floods / 0
10/22/2012 09:08:20Ondo Gubernatorial Election: Another Proof of President Jonathan's Commitment to Democracy / 0
09/09/2012 00:57:48The Gains Of Jonathan's Diplomacy / 0
08/26/2012 08:17:05The Jonathan They Don't Know / 4
08/19/2012 08:56:42Jonathan And The London Olympics / 0
02/16/2012 14:32:32[RIGHT OF REPLY] Much Ado About Stones / 0
12/18/2011 16:55:24Alex Ibru: There Goeth A Man / 0
09/17/2011 13:34:42Korean Shipyard - The President Didn't Say So / 0
08/21/2011 16:08:15President Jonathan Appoints Acting President, Court Of Appeal / 1
08/02/2011 19:01:59President Jonathan Mourns Chief Ume-Ezeoke / 0
07/31/2011 19:16:32President Jonathan on Review of Nigeria's Foreign Policy / 0
07/31/2011 19:10:36Pray For National Peace And Progress, Jonathan Urges Moslems As Ramadan Begins / 0
07/26/2011 18:45:04President Jonathan and Tenure of Office / 1
06/05/2011 07:44:01A Season For Sycophants: Their Tricks And Tactics / 1
06/03/2011 07:08:49The Vanishing Owambe Culture / 0
05/29/2011 05:44:58The Speech Jonathan Shouldn't Have Made / 3
05/27/2011 06:59:28The Emir's Clash With Namadi Sambo / 0
05/20/2011 01:10:38The beggars' opera in Lagos / 3
05/16/2011 00:30:07Jonathan And The Scramble For Political Appointments / 0
05/13/2011 01:31:36The National Assembly's unfinished tasks / 0
05/08/2011 06:24:48What Face Will Osama Show To God? / 2
05/06/2011 03:43:34Mimiko, Labour Party and the South West / 0
05/01/2011 08:15:59The Jonathan To Jonathan Transition / 0
04/29/2011 15:32:25Election 2011: Nigeria's finest moment? / 2
04/24/2011 02:13:58Abati: April 26: INEC's Make Or Break Outing . / 0
04/22/2011 06:01:06For the attention of General Buhari / 1
04/17/2011 13:53:54A New Current In Nigerian Elections? / 0
04/15/2011 16:53:26Just before the Presidential election 2011 / 2
04/10/2011 00:52:50What I Saw On Election Day / 2
04/08/2011 05:43:48A wait-and-see election / 0
04/03/2011 09:49:28INEC's False Start; Jega's Failure / 1
04/01/2011 06:56:19As Nigeria goes to the polls / 0
03/27/2011 07:18:20African Union And The Libyan Endgame / 1
03/25/2011 11:29:21Two matters of state / 0
03/20/2011 09:55:34Businessmen And The 2011 Elections / 0
03/18/2011 07:39:15The ambassador who failed anthem test / 0
03/13/2011 08:37:40A Festival Of Goats / 0
03/11/2011 07:05:34Political parties and INEC's Code of Conduct / 0
Reuben Abati
Reuben Abati
587
516