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Sam Omatseye Biography
Sam Omatseye is a Nigerian poet, novelist, playwright and journalist. Born on June 15, 1961, Sam Omatseye hails from Delta State, Nigeria.
Sam Omatseye is a 2019 recipient of the National Productivity Order of Merit (NPOM).
Sam Omatseye Education
Sam Omatseye attended Government College, Ughelli, (former Bendel State), Delta State from 1973 to 1979 for his secondary school education and obtained School West African School Certificate.
He attended the Federal School Of Arts And Science, Victoria Island, Lagos for his higher school education.
He studied history at the University of Ife(now Obafemi Awolowo University) from 1980- 1985 and obtained a Bachelor Of Arts Degree.
Sam Oritsetimeyin Omatseye Career
He taught English and Literature at the Aminu Kano Commercial College, Kano during his National Youth Service from 1985 to 1986.
From 1987 to 1988 he worked as a Reporter-Researcher at the Newswatch Magazine, and covered a variety of beats from Foreign Affairs to Culture.
In 1988 he had a stint as a Staff Writer with the African Concord Magazine, and anchored stories about tyrannies and turbulence that characterised the Babangida Years.
He became the Deputy Political Editor of the Concord Newspapers in 1989 with specific assignment to help lead the coverage of the rigmarole of the political transition programme of the Babangida Years.
In 1990 he was selected by the United States Information Service to cover the off-year elections, and worked for six weeks in the country including an attachment with the Kansas City Star in Missouri.
He was appointed Managing Editor, Abuja Bureau of the Concord Newspapers in 1993. He covered the June 12 Election crisis.
He left town later that year after being subjected to military surveillance from dawn to dusk. In 1995 he served as Editorial Page Editor, Thisday Newspaper.
He became Deputy Editor, Sunday Concord in 1996 after The Concord Newspaper Group was unbanned.
From 1998 to 2006 he taught Media and Journalism at the Metropolitan State College of Denver.
He also taught classes and gave talks at the University of Colorado and the University Of Denver.
He also became a Technology journalist covering the wireless world in its bursting beginnings with RCR Wireless News.
From 2006 to the present, he has been chairman, Editorial Board of The Nation Newspapers.
He oversees the Opinion Section of the newspaper and runs a weekly column, In Touch.
He has given talks several times in Nigerian universities, including Obafemi Awolowo University, University Of Ibadan, University Of Lagos, Etc.
He was appointed a member of the Governing Council of The Lagos State University.
He has been a frequent commentator on television and radio shows on contemporary Nigerian issues.
He hosted a television show, Standpoint, on TVC and currently hosts The Platform, an edgy political programme that airs every Saturday on TVC.
Sam Oritsetimeyin Omatseye Awards
He won the Nigerian Media Merit Award in 1991 as Best Reporter for coverage of the military air crash in Ejigbo, Lagos.
He was beaten by soldiers for daring to go through military cordon to capture the visual horror and drama of the tragedy.
In 1992 he was the first ever winner of the Gordon N. Fisher Fellowship for Journalists in The Commonwealth, and was in a full academic year at the University of Toronto. In 1997 he won the Alfred Friendly Press Fellowship.
Under these terms, he worked as a journalist with the Rocky Mountain News. He was not able to return to Nigeria because of the threats during the Abacha Years.
He won the Association of Black Journalists Award for Feature Writing. He also co-won the prestigious Scripps Award Prize for Deadline Reporting.
He was a finalist for The Denver Press Club Prize. He has won the Nigerian Media Merit Award (NMMA) for Columnist of The Year three times and was finalist also three times.
He also won the NMMA for best reporter. He won the Diamond Award for Media Excellence (DAME) four times for Informed Commentary.
In 2011, he became the first to win both NMMA and DAME the same year. He was made a Honorary Fellow of the Nigerian Academy Of Letters in 2015.
In July 2019, Omatseye was named a Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Club International.
The award was conferred on him by the District Governor, of Rotary Club, Gbagada, Lagos, Kola Sodipo.
And in November 2019, he received a national award, the National Productivity Order of Merit (NPOM).
According to the letter informing Omatseye of the award signed by Labour and Employment Minister Dr. Chris Ngige, “The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari GCFR has approved the conferment of the National Productivity Order of Merit Award on you in recognition of your high productivity, hard work and excellence.”
Sam Oritsetimeyin Omatseye Books
- In Touch, Journalism as National Narrative
- A Chronicle Foretold.
- Crocodile Girl
- My Name Is Okoro
- Mandela’s Bones and Other Poems
- Dear Baby Ramatu
- Lion Wind And Other Poems
- Scented Offal
- The Siege to mark Professor Wole Soyinka’s 80th birthday
Social Media Handles
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Sam Omatseye Net Worth
Sam Omatseye has an estimated net worth of $1 million.