Reuben Abati

Family

Born on 7 November 1965 in Abeokuta, Ogun State of Nigeria, Reuben is married to Iyabo Abati who is a banker. He has four kids, James, Elizabeth, Daniel and Samuel.

Education

He was a first class honours graduate of Theater Arts from the University of Calabar where he won the Vice-Chancellor's prize (among several other prizes) for the best overall graduating student in 1985. He completed his Ph.D at the University of Ibadan at the age of 24, within just two years, specialising in Dramatic Literature, Theory and Criticism. He later took to academics.

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 theater Arts, journalism and law has immensely impacted on his writings.

Professional career

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 Channel, 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.

Presently, he is Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to President Goodluck Jonathan.

He has won a number of 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.

Rikicin Baru da Kachikwu: Mai magana da yawun Jonathan ya tofa albarkacin bakin sa

Rikicin Baru da Kachikwu: Mai magana da yawun Jonathan ya tofa albarkacin bakin sa

Rikicin Baru da Kachikwu: Mai magana da yawun Jonathan ya tofa albarkacin bakin sa
Opinion: Supreme Court gave PDP a lifeline

Opinion: Supreme Court gave PDP a lifeline

Reuben Abati in this piece says the ruling of the Supreme Court gave the opposition party another lifeline since it lost the presidential election in 2015.

Opinion: Supreme Court gave PDP a lifeline
Has something happened to Buhari's English? ex-president Goodluck Jonathan's aide asks

Has something happened to Buhari's English? ex-president Goodluck Jonathan's aide asks

Reuben Abati has berated President Muhammadu Buhari over his decision to speak Hausa in his Sallah message in a nation with more than 400 ethnic groups......

Has something happened to Buhari's English? ex-president Goodluck Jonathan's aide asks
JAMB 2017: Matters arising by Reuben Abati (Opinion)

JAMB 2017: Matters arising by Reuben Abati (Opinion)

Reuben Abati, the special adviser to the former president Goodluck Jonathan on media and publicity in this piece talks about the challenges of education.

JAMB 2017: Matters arising by Reuben Abati (Opinion)
Two years of change by Reuben Abati

Two years of change by Reuben Abati

Reuben Abati, former special adviser in this piece talks about the leadership of the country since since the ruling party All Progressives Congress (APC) won.

Two years of change by Reuben Abati
Reuben Abati mocks Buhari's aide over comment on pastors praying for the president's death

Reuben Abati mocks Buhari's aide over comment on pastors praying for the president's death

Natural resources, construction contracts and sale of military equipment to Saudi Arabia worth $110 billion which Trump described as tremendous investments.

Reuben Abati mocks Buhari's aide over comment on pastors praying for the president's death
Are we dealing with a problem of grade inflation? Reuben Abati queries high number of first class graduates

Are we dealing with a problem of grade inflation? Reuben Abati queries high number of first class graduates

We also had those students in the Third Class and Pass categories: we referred to them jokingly as the “let my people go, no-future-ambition crowd”.

Are we dealing with a problem of grade inflation? Reuben Abati queries high number of first class graduates
The 82 Chibok girls and other stories by Reuben Abati

The 82 Chibok girls and other stories by Reuben Abati

Thank you. Politics 101: anybody that says anything other than to commend the Federal Government for rescuing the 82 Chibok girls should be condemned....

The 82 Chibok girls and other stories by Reuben Abati
He was once mad in Aso Rock: Nigerians MERCILESSLY DRAG Reuben Abati for his Big Brother Naija article

He was once mad in Aso Rock: Nigerians MERCILESSLY DRAG Reuben Abati for his Big Brother Naija article

Former presidential spokesman, Reuben Abati, released an article today about the just concluded Big Brother Naija and Nigerians are dragging him on social media

He was once mad in Aso Rock: Nigerians MERCILESSLY DRAG Reuben Abati for his Big Brother Naija article
You need to read what Reuben Abati said about TBoss' body that has got Nigerians talking

You need to read what Reuben Abati said about TBoss' body that has got Nigerians talking

The former media assistant to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Rueben Abati in this piece provides his own analysis of the Big Brother Naija 2017 reality show

You need to read what Reuben Abati said about TBoss' body that has got Nigerians talking
Hurry up and feed the spirits in the lagoon, Reuben Abati to Oba of Lagos, chiefs

Hurry up and feed the spirits in the lagoon, Reuben Abati to Oba of Lagos, chiefs

NAIJ.com gathered that some traditional priests have said the Lagos lagoon is angry and that is why it has been attracting persons to jump into the large river.

Hurry up and feed the spirits in the lagoon, Reuben Abati to Oba of Lagos, chiefs
President Buhari's aides are serial liars - Reuben Abati

President Buhari's aides are serial liars - Reuben Abati

Former presidential spokesperson, Dr Reuben Abati has berated officials of the present administration of always peddling falsehood about the Nigerian economy.

President Buhari's aides are serial liars - Reuben Abati
Despite EFCC allegations against me, my name and integrity still intact - Reuben Abati

Despite EFCC allegations against me, my name and integrity still intact - Reuben Abati

it is very easy to talk; it is very easy to analyze and criticize. But if you get into government, you will begin to gain knowledge of how government works.

Despite EFCC allegations against me, my name and integrity still intact - Reuben Abati
I want to go to London to see President Buhari - Reuben Abati

I want to go to London to see President Buhari - Reuben Abati

Abati decried the fact that Nigeria now have an absentee president who has been in London for over a month, even as he chided those who are supporting Buhari.

I want to go to London to see President Buhari - Reuben Abati
Reuben Abati was right, there are millions of demonic forces in Aso Rock - Archbishop Atilade warns Buhari

Reuben Abati was right, there are millions of demonic forces in Aso Rock - Archbishop Atilade warns Buhari

The chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria, (CAN), Southwest Zone, Archbishop Magnus Atilade has shared some of his thoughts on the demonic forces.

Reuben Abati was right, there are millions of demonic forces in Aso Rock - Archbishop Atilade warns Buhari
Hotunan Fani Kayode, Bala Muhammed, Obaniko da Abati a dakin dauri na EFCC sun bayyana

Hotunan Fani Kayode, Bala Muhammed, Obaniko da Abati a dakin dauri na EFCC sun bayyana

Wani hoto ya bayyana wanda ke nuna halin da wasu mutane suke ciki yayin da suke daure a hannun EFCC, mutanen sun hada da Abati, Bala Muhammed, FFK, Obanikoro

Hotunan Fani Kayode, Bala Muhammed, Obaniko da Abati a dakin dauri na EFCC sun bayyana
SEE photo of Fani-Kayode, Reuben Abati, others in EFCC's underground cell

SEE photo of Fani-Kayode, Reuben Abati, others in EFCC's underground cell

Femi Fani-Kayode and these other Nigerians were being held over various allegations of money laundering and diversion of public fund at the EFCC in November.

SEE photo of Fani-Kayode, Reuben Abati, others in EFCC's underground cell
Have the Aso Rock demons devoured Reuben Abati?

Have the Aso Rock demons devoured Reuben Abati?

In this piece by Dele Sobowale, the author agrees that there are indeed demons in Aso Rock just as there are in the White House as well.

Have the Aso Rock demons devoured Reuben Abati?
EFCC bans Fani-Kayode, former FCT minister from receiving visitors and making calls

EFCC bans Fani-Kayode, former FCT minister from receiving visitors and making calls

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has placed a ban suspects and inmates from receiving visitors and making calls.

EFCC bans Fani-Kayode, former FCT minister from receiving visitors and making calls
Labari da Dumi-Dumi: An saki Reuben Abati

Labari da Dumi-Dumi: An saki Reuben Abati

Hukumar EFCC ta saki mai magana da bakin Tsohon Shugaban Kasa Jonathan Goodluck, watau Dr. Reuben Abati bayan ya sha tsari na kwanaki.

Labari da Dumi-Dumi: An saki Reuben Abati
BREAKING: EFCC releases ex-Jonathan spokesperson Reuben Abati

BREAKING: EFCC releases ex-Jonathan spokesperson Reuben Abati

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has released Reuben Abati, former spokesperson to ex- president Goodluck Jonathan.

BREAKING: EFCC releases ex-Jonathan spokesperson Reuben Abati
4 STRONG personalities who have visited Fani-Kayode, other detainees in EFCC

4 STRONG personalities who have visited Fani-Kayode, other detainees in EFCC

Of course, as a PDP chieftain in detention, Fani-Kayode and his fellow detainees also enjoyed the visit of the party’s leadership.

4 STRONG personalities who have visited Fani-Kayode, other detainees in EFCC
"Abati in jail over N50m, Amaechi wastes N235m and becomes minister" – Omokri

"Abati in jail over N50m, Amaechi wastes N235m and becomes minister" – Omokri

Reno Omokri, former special assistant, has questioned the anti-corruption war of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.

"Abati in jail over N50m, Amaechi wastes N235m and becomes minister" – Omokri
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