Reuben Abati Biography, Age, Career and Net Worth
Reuben Abati Biography
Reuben Abati was born on November 7, 1965. He is a Nigerian Journalist, Politician, Television Anchor and Newspaper Columnist.
Reuben Abati was the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s Deputy Governorship candidate in Ogun State for the 2019 Gubernatorial election. Abati was a Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria between the Year 2011 and 2015.
Also, he was formerly a newspaper columnist and the chairman of the editorial board of the Nigerian newspaper, The Guardian from 2001 to 2011.
He is a graduate of Theater Arts from the University of Calabar. Equally important, Reuben Abati is a Senior Research Associate with the Olusegun Obasanjo Centre for Cultural Studies and National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN).
Reuben Abati Education
Reuben Abati is a graduate of the University of Calabar, Nigeria in 1985, with First Class Honours and as Class Valedictorian. He was a recipient of the Vice Chancellor’s Prize for the Student with the Best Overall Academic Performance in the Graduating Class. He was also a National Merit Scholar. Years after, he later studied at the University of Ibadan as a University Scholar.
He holds a Ph.D. in Theatre Arts, specializing in Dramatic Literature, Theory and Criticism from the University of Ibadan (1990), a Bachelor’s degree in Law from Lagos State University, Lagos (1999), a professional training certificate in journalism from the College of Journalism, University of Maryland, College Park, United States (1996-97) and a Certificate in Management and Leadership from the Said Business School, University of Oxford (2015).
Reuben Abati Career – Reuben Abati Biography
Abati basically started his career as a university teacher, teaching courses in Dramaturgy, Theory and Criticism, Special Author Studies, and the Sociology of Literature at the Olabisi Onabajo University, Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State, southwest Nigeria, before embarking on other fields of interest.
He is a member of the Nigerian Institute of Management, the Nigeria Union of Journalists, and the Nigerian Guild of Editors.
He is also a Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow, a Member of the 21st Century Trust, a Member of The Nigeria Leadership Initiative, and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Letters.
He is well-regarded as one of Nigeria’s leading public affairs commentators and as a media professional who has a unique multi-disciplinary background in drama, management, journalism, and law garnered over the past thirty-two(32) years.
Reuben Abati has been a writer for the Nigerian press since 1985, serving as Contributing Editor, Editor, and Columnist to many publications, incorporating both the mainstream media and the lighter genre of romance and lifestyle publications.
He is popularly known for his book reviews, essays, and commentaries on national, regional, and international affairs.
His writings have also appeared in both local and international periodicals and academic journals.
Before working in government, Reuben Abati was Chairman of the Editorial Board at The Guardian Newspapers, a privately owned, independent Nigerian newspaper from 2000-2011.
He also worked at The Guardian as Editorial Page Editor, and as a columnist, running two columns per week. Abati is a recipient of many prizes for journalistic excellence. which includes the Hadj Alade Odunewu/Diamond Award for Media Excellence Prize for Informed Commentary (which he has won four times), the Cecil King Memorial Prize for Print Journalist of the Year (1998), the Fletcher Challenge Commonwealth Prize for Opinion Writing (2000), the Freedom Peace Prize for Journalism (2010) and The Red Media Africa Living Legends Industry Award (2015).
Working With The Presidency
In 2011, he was appointed Special Adviser, Media, and Publicity and as Official Spokesperson to President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria.
In that capacity, he was responsible for managing the President’s media office, media relations and leading the Presidency’s public communications team.
Post Presidency Media Work
After his stint in government, Reuben Abati returned to journalism, writing his regular two columns in The Guardian newspaper (Fridays and Sundays).
He subsequently moved to ThisDay newspaper where he now writes a Tuesday column titled: TuesdayWithReubenAbati. He also runs a website: reubenabati.com.ng, and posts regularly on Instagram and Twitter as @abati1990.
He is actively engaged as a consultant on media and public policy issues.