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Sam Omatseye, Chairman, Editorial Board, The Nation Newspaper, is one of the leading journalists in Nigeria and has practised journalism in Nigeria and the United States.

His career, spanning over two decades, has been distinguished with awards in Nigeria, United States and Canada.

In 1991, he was the first winner of the Gordon N. Fisher Fellowship for Journalists in the Commonwealth by the Southam Foundation based in Toronto. He also won the Alfred Friendly Press Fellowship in the United States during which he won the Scripps Howards Prize for deadline reporting with the Rocky Mountain News in Denver. He also won the Scribes in Excellence Prize for feature writing for the Association of Black Journalists in the United States.

He is a three-time winner of the Nigeria Merit Media Award, once in the reporter category and twice as a columnist of the year.

Sometimes controversial, often fearless, Omatseye writes with analytical flair and poetic flavour and his In Touch column in The Nation newspaper has become a major fixture in Nigeria journalism. Sam Omatseye is the author of Mandela’s Bones and Other Poems (Kraft, 2009), Dear Baby Ramatu (Kraft, 2009) and Lion Wind and Other Poems (Kraft, 2011), as well as the novel, The Crocodile Girl (Kraft, 2011).


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