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Who Is Your Best Newspaper Columnist In Nigeria Ever?

The countdown begins; there are certain newspaper columnist that make you run to newstands during their days of publication to grab their newspaper(s), I mean columns of certain newspapers you hate to miss, the newspaper and the columnist involved in the article. I know we have so many garbage newspaper columns and columnist in Nigeria today but we still have exceptions and those that meet international standards. These few exceptions are who I want us to celebrate for making reading their articles worthwhile so let the countdown begin, who is your best newspaper columnist in Nigeria? Let's go

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There are many names to be given, as Nigeria has many talented writers. One of them is Reuben Abati. He has received a number of awards, such as The Diamond Award for Media Excellence for Informed Commentary. You can find his work at Nigerian Village Square website. The other one is Funke Adetutu from Business Day Nigeria. Or, if you like to consume information presented in a funny and smart way, read Steve Nwosu.

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the man with the caustic tongue (pen) - IKE OKONTA

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Its definately Reuben Abati! He's the best. I also like Adidi Uyo's Language on Parade, which isnt featured too often, I love Biodun Jeiyifo. All of the Guardian.

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I think you listed the best of them.

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Its definately Reuben Abati! He's the best. I also like Adidi Uyo's Language on Parade, which isnt featured too often, I love Biodun Jeiyifo. All of the Guardian.

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Bisi Ojediran, Thisday!

Ruben Abati

kola Animshaun

Simon Kolawole

Kayode Komolafe

Steve Nwosu

Edwin Madunagu

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RUBEN ABATI-------Guardian Newspapers

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casmir igbokwe of punch on sunday back page.will give it to him anyday anytime.

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Rueben abati without a doubt

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Reuben Abati is simply the best, I always look forward to Fridays and Sundays just to read his column.

He is followed by Azu until recently when the scandal broke out and left me heartbroken. Can we really trust any Nigerian in a position of authority and influence?.

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My best outgrown columnist at the moment is Mike Awoyinfa of Sunday sun newspaper; his concords of english coupled with syntax of presentation takes me off my feet right from the era of Concord newspaper. Next on my queue is a young promising Thomas Thomas of Salient Point in Global Concord. Infact the duo have lubricating oil at the tip of their writing pens. I salute them.

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My best outgrown columnist at the moment is Mike Awoyinfa of Sunday sun newspaper; his concords of english coupled with syntax of presentation takes me off my feet right from the era of Concord newspaper. Next on my queue is a young promising Thomas Thomas of Salient Point in Global Concord. Infact the duo have lubricating oil at the tip of their writing pens. I salute them.

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I have a bias for the Nation Newspaper, so naturally they parade my favourite Columnists even though they might not be the best. As a matter of fact, i love most of their Columnists especially Tatalo Alamu and Sam Omatseye.

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For 3 wks now i av not been with my phone (for browsing). While these days lasted, i noticed that i was somewhat restless on tuesdays, wed.and fridays esp fridays just b/c i av to read Okey Ndibe, Oteve Nwosu and FEMI ADESINA all from the sun. I think Femi is the best. His choice of words and articulativeness in expression of ideas and interests ,endears him to me.

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For 3 wks now i av not been with my phone (for browsing). While these days lasted, i noticed that i was somewhat restless on tuesdays, wed.and fridays esp fridays just b/c i av to read Okey Ndibe, Oteve Nwosu and FEMI ADESINA all from the sun. I think Femi is the best. His choice of words and articulativeness in expression of ideas and interests ,endears him to me.

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you want the girl to come back and be Kaitarized.

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for me, it's the trio of Simon Kolawole, Olusegun Adeniyi and Eziuche Ubani

Unfortunately both Olusegun Adeniyi and Eziuche Ubani left for the presidency and the house of assembly respectively. I hope they come back.

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Reuben Abati remains my first choice.

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Then i used to like Isioma Daniels until the bad boys declared fatwa on her for supposedly insultin Prophet Mohammed and she vamoosed into thin air like that.

ISI BABY IF U R READING THIS PLS COME BACK ALL IS FORGIVEN!

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Mine is Onoshe Nwabuikwu of Friday Punch. The lady no look anybody face o! And she's well versed in a lot of fields too

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thanks,i was trying to remember his surname,i think he's now with national life

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Reuben Abati is the best for me!!

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AZU- i can never 4get that man.I remember his expose on mike aondoakaa even b4 we all 'knew' the man as anaconda.

Uncle Tunde Fagbenle,kai that baba can yab!I remember that piece on yoruba elders' visit to aso rock,he wrote "Niyi,kini awon baba yin wa kiri gan" and the piece on that wonderful young lad from ibadan.

I used to love funke ekemode but i cant 'find' her again,i tink she was once with Remi oyo?

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It's obvious that Reuben Abati takes it all.

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Simon Kolawole Live!!! Back of Sunday Thisday is good

And then Reuben Abati Sunday and Friday Guardian is the best

Okey Ndibe Tuesdays in Sun Newspapers is a delight to read!

By the way, the worst is DR ORJI UZO KALU, he is a clone and a clown!

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For me, i'll say Reuben Abati of The Guardian. The satirical columnist brings a whole new dimension to our political status quo.

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my top three

reuben abati guardian, my first love, till i found the 2 below.

simon kolawole thisday (sunday), very very fair in his opinions, gives you both sides of the coin.

chidi amuta thisday (thursday) , this guy is 3 much, havard trained and has total control of the language.

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My best columnists come from The Nation newspapers and I have a hard time saying who is the best. However, my Top 10 in no particular order are:

1. Sam Omatseye- The Nation on Mondays- He is an assistant Professor with a university in the USA and the current Media Merit award winner. He writes best when he is angry.

2. Pius Adesanmi- He writes for Next and Sahara reporters. He uses vernacular and humour to drive home his points. I still can't forget the article he wrote on his father and how he encouraged him to take to reading. That article brought tears to me ears especially when he mentioned publications/literature long forgotten such as Pacesetters Series: Evbu My Love, Too Cold for Comfort, etc.

3. Olatunji Dare- Also of the Nation newspapers. His acerbic tongue and command of the language is second to none.

4. Professor Segun Gbadegesin- Also of the Nation newspapers, his friday column is a reader's delight, especially when he uses 'Opalaba' parody.

5. Mohammed Haruna- Also of the Nation newspapers. I used to gloss over his comments with the feelings that he is a northern irredentist. However, I now know he is one of the most balanced writers in Nigeria. You either hate him with a passion or love him with a passion.

6. Usoro Usoro- He used to write for The Sun before he took up an appointment with Akpabio in Akwa Ibom. He is the greatest writer of sattire in Nigeria till date. He is now a hatchet man for Godswill (Devil's wish) Akpabio- what a pity.

7. Femi Adesina- His e-mail is the easiest to remember- kulikulii@yahoo.com. He makes writing look so easy and interesting. All his articles make sense. He has a way of making complex topics an interesting read.

8.Funke Egbemode-She writes for the Sun. Her articles on Sunday Sun backpage and Intimate Affairs in Saturday Sun are usually laced with humour.

9. Mike Awoyinfa-Used to be MD of the Sun. He can write on almost any topic.

10. Reuben Abati- Almost everyone agrees he is one of the very best.[color=#006600][/color]

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Used to be flickers by Festus Adedayo.Was in love with Samuel Idowu then too.

Right now,no one.

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Okey Ndibe on Tuesday Sun is my idol. Abati comes a close second.

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6, BISI OJEDIRAN, THISDAY: This man is very good. Fine analysis in fine grammar. He is also a master of satire.

7, MAHMUD JEGA, DAILY TRUST: Mahmud, younger brother of Attahiru Jega of INEC, is another columnist I respect. He is wide-read, and also good with words. He is however not as veteran as the above.

8, SIMON KOLAWOLE, THISDAY: I hardly find Simon interesting these days again. He has dropped from being my favourite. He is however very objective and hardly carried away by sentiments

9, IJEOMA NWOGWUGWU, THISDAY: Ijeoma is also good with words. She has a good grasp of economics, and deploys it in her writings.

10, CASMIR IGBOKWE:; Casmir is still trying. He makes my list of Top 10.

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Things have changed between then and now, and today, I go like this:

1, DARE OLATUNJI, THE NATION: I make down payment for my vendor for The Nation of Monday-Friday everyweek for no reason than their famed commentariat. I only read teh back page and I have hill of The Nation in my sitting room. Segun Olatunji, who writes on Tuesdays, leads the pack. The guy is not only a wordsmith, he has a great grasp of events. He is a veteran, having been in the business of column writing since early 80's. He is a grandmaster.

2, SEGUN GBADEGESIN, THE NATION:: He writes on Fridays in The Nation. The professor of philosophy is also a grandmaster. Anytime he does satire, it is unputdownable. Opalaba is his usual character when he adopts the style. He used to be a Prof of Philosophy in Ife before moving to USA for further teaching.

3, MOHAMMED HARUNA, THE NATION, DAILY TRUST: Mohammed Haruna, who writes on Wednesdays in The Nation & Daily Trust, is the most controversial columnist in Nigeria today. If every other commentator goes this way, he goes teh other way. I may disagree with him in so many issues, I respect his independent-mindedness. He doesn't hide his opinion even if he is the only one holding it in Nigeria.

4, TUNDE FAGBENLE, THE PUNCH: I have been following him for over a decade. He stopped writing and went to contest Osun Central Senatorial seat under NCP in 2003. He returned to writing a couple of years ago. Tunde is also good with words, and has a good grasp of history. He is a radical.

5, REUBEN ABATI, GUARDIAN Abati is easily the most popular columnist in Nigeria today, but I don't know why I'm no big fan of his. Maybe because of the Abuja landgate.The only thing I enjoy in his writings are the humours.

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My own favourites change from time to time. In the early 2000s, I longed to read Festus Adedayo of Tribune, later I itched to read Casmir Igbokwe of Punch, and as at September 2009, this was my Top 10:

http://www.nairaland.com/nigeria/topic-325477.0.html

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Bisi Ojediran of This Day.

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Definitely Abati though i also enjoy Dele Shobowale"s work.

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Reuben Abati (Guardian), Simon Kolawole and Ademola (Editor Saturday punch) are my favorites.

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When it comes to satiric writing, I doff my cap for Steve Nwosu.

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Dr Reuben Abati, Chairman, Editorial Board, Guardian Newspaper is a grand-master of the game,  eloquence, oratorical prowess and his deep thinking process never in doubt. if u ar in doubt, grab a copy of guardian on fridays or sundays or go to http://www.nigeriavillagesquare.com/index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&Itemid=1166&user=474

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Mine is FUNKE ADETUTU of Bussiness Day Nigeria.

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Hazeez balogun of compass newpaper is also very good in entertainment

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@chigo4u

u cudnt be more rigth. steve nwosu of sun newspaper is just it.

He has this way of entertaining as well as educating u at the same time wit

a nice sense of humour.

ok, i accept, i am not a newspaper person, i find nwspapers a bore, but like they say

there is an exception to every rule and STEVE NWOSU is the exception in my own case.

His write ups is so echanting that i cudnt but just reply to one of his columns.

the Man is just brillant!

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Monica Taiwo 'nd Adeeko Segun(a cartoonist) of TRIBUNE.

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Funke Egbemode (Intimate Affairs) in Saturday Sun

http://www.sunnewsonline.com/webpages/columnists/funke/home.htm

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Louis Odion, formerly of The Sun -- where creativity and depth begets an 'edible', extra-ordinary prose.

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_Uncle Tunde Fagbenle is also good and well traveled BUT he most times shows ethnic bias (consciously or otherwise)_

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_FUNKE EGBEMODE of SUNDAY SUN_

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how can we ever forget casmir igbokwe of punch and abba saheed of compass

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Tunde fagbenle of punch and idowu akinlotan's palladium in sunday nation

i dont always agree with everything these men write,but they are very good

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Simon Kolawole Live!!! Back of Sunday Thisday!! I can use my last card to buy the sunday thisday cos of this dude!!

And then Reuben Abati Sunday and Friday Guardian!!

Okey Ndibe Tuesdays in Sun Newspapers!!

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