Lasisi Olagunju

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Lasisi Olagunju

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Lasisi Olagunju, a multiple award-winning newspaper columnist, was Nigeria Media Merit Award (NMMA) Newspaper Columnist of the Year 2016 and also winner of Nigeria’s Diamond Award for Media Excellence (DAME) for Informed Commentary writing in 2019.

He attended Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife where he bagged a First-Class Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in English studies. He was at the University of Ibadan for his Masters and PhD respectively in Communication Arts and Political Communication. He also holds degree in law.

He joined the Nigerian Tribune as Senior Features Writer/Senior reporter, rose to become the newspaper’s News Editor in June 1999 and Deputy Editor in 2001. He was Chief Press Secretary to Osun State Governor from June 2003 and Special Adviser on Media to Osun State Governor from 2008 to November, 2010. He returned to journalism in September 2011 and became General Editor/Editorial Board member of the Nigerian Tribune till October 2012 when he was appointed as Editor, Saturday Tribune a position he holds till date.

Olagunju; poet, author and researcher, has published a number of books including biographies. His collection of poems, Forest Flowers, was published in 2008. He writes the Monday Lines column for the Nigerian Tribune and has to his credit, over 500 informed articles written consistently every week for the past ten years.

Married with children, his hobbies include Reading, Writing and Making friends.

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