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1965 – Reuben Abati, newspaper columnist and journalist was born.
On this day 7th of November 1965, Reuben Abati, newspaper columnist and journalist, was born in Abeokuta, Ogun State.
He was the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to former President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria. Reuben Abati studied Theater Arts at the University of Calabar, where he graduated with first class honors and won the Vice-Chancellor’s prize for the best overall graduating student. Reuben Abati was previously a newspaper columnist and the chairman of the editorial board of the Nigerian newspaper The Guardian from the year 2001 to 2011. Reuben is an Awardee of several awards including; The Cecil King Memorial Prize for Print Journalist of the Year in 1998; The Diamond Award for Media Excellence for Informed Commentary in 1998; Fletcher Challenge Commonwealth Prize for Opinion Writing in 2000; and The Diamond Award for Media Excellence for Informed Commentary, 2000.