Dan Ochima Agbese, A great columnist, stylist and wordsmith, Dan Agbese is easily one of Nigeria’s most respected and influential writers. He loves the trade so much he has practised journalism actively for the last 49 years. He has been a sub editor, features writer, editor, columnist, administrator and author
Born 72 years ago in Agila, Ador local government area of Benue State, he was educated at the Native Authority School, Otobi, 1957-1959; Government Teachers Training College, Keffi, 1960-1962. He later studied Mass Communication and Journalism at the University of Lagos, 1970-1973; Thomson Foundation, Cardiff, UK, 1976; and took a Masters in Journalism from Columbia University, New York; USA, 1976-1977.
After a short teaching career, he joined the New Nigerian newspapers as a Staff Writer, 1967-1970. He was chief sub-editor, The Nigerian Standard, Jos, 1974-1976; assistant editor, The Nigerian Standard, 1978-1980. He was appointed general manager, Radio Benue, Makurdi, 1980; special adviser and director of information, Benue State, 1980-1982; editor, New Nigerian, Kaduna, 1982-1984.
In 1984, he teamed up with his friends, Dele Giwa, Ray Ekpu and Yakubu Muhammed to co-found Newswatch magazine, serving as the managing editor. He was elevated to the position of deputy editor-in-chief/deputy chief executive, Newswatch, Lagos, 1986-1994; editor-in-chief, Newswatch, 1994-2010. He became managing director, Newswatch Books Limited, May 2010, until he retired from Newswatch Communication Limited, on May 5, 2011, alongside other directors.
Agbese, is a past winner of the Pitman Prize Award, Columbia University and several other awards. In addition to contributing chapters to several books on Nigerian politics, he has also authored nine books