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Reuben Abati is the chairman of the editorial board of The Guardian newspapers. He had a First Class Honors 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. He also distinguished himself as a University Scholar at the University of Ibadan where he did his Masters and Ph.D programs. He completed his Ph.D. at the age of 24 within just two years, specializing in Dramatic Literature, Theory and Criticism. He also did a journalism program as Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow, College of Journalism, University of Maryland, College Park, United States between 1996 and 1997. In 1999, Abati earned an LL.B (Honors) from the Lagos State University, Ojo. Some of the awards he has won 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 and Freedom Peace Prize for Journalism (2006). Before taking up a career in journalism, Reuben was a lecturer in the Department of English, Ogun State University, now Olabisi Onabanjo University. He has been a member of the Governing Council of the same University since 1999. A widely published author and literary critic, Reuben also co-presents a public affairs discussion program, Patito's Gang, on Nigerian television. He is a Fellow of the second class of the Nigeria Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.