Sam Omatseye Biography, Age, Early Life, Family, Career And Net Worth

August 02, 2022

Sam Omatseye

Sam Omatseye is a Nigerian journalist, novelist, poet and novelist and the current chairman of The Nation newspaper editorial board.

Omatseye has been on the news recently, after an article he wrote entitled ‘Obi-tuary’, which was published in The Nation newspaper on Monday. In the article, he said Obi’s candidacy has turned out to be an excuse for “closet Biafrans to betray open emotions about Biafra without being accused of it”.
We'd be seeing Sam Omatseye's biography, date of birth, age, early life, family, education, career, net worth, houses, cars, social media handles and more.

Sam Omatseye Profile

Before we proceed, let's check out Sam Omatseye's profile and a few things you'd love to know about him:
Full names: Sam Oritsetimeyin Omatseye
Date of birth: 15th June 1961
Age: 61 years (2022)
Nationality: Nigerian
Parents: Mr Moses Omatseye (father), Mrs Salome Omotemevo Omatseye (mother)
Siblings: Jonathan, Choice, Grace, Elizabeth, Mercy and Gabriel
Spouse(s): Mrs Omatseye
Education: University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University)
Occupation: Journalist
Religion: Christianity
Net worth

Sam Oritsetimeyin Omatseye Biography and Educational Background

Sam Omatseye was born on the 15th of June 1961 to the family of Mr Moses Omatseye (late) and Mrs Salome Omotemevo Omatseye (late) in Delta State, Nigeria. After completing his primary education, he enrolled at Government College, Ughelli, (former Bendel State), Delta State for his secondary education.

He thereafter enrolled at the Federal School Of Arts And Science, Victoria Island, Lagos for his higher school education. He also holds a degree in history from the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University).


From 1985 to 1986 (during his National Youth Service), Sam Omatseye taught English and Literature at the Aminu Kano Commercial College, Kano during his National Youth Service.

In 1987, he started working as a Reporter-Researcher at the Newswatch Magazine, covering a variety of beats from Foreign Affairs to Culture.

In 1988, he had a stint as a Staff Writer with the African Concord Magazine before moving to Concord Newspapers in 1989 where he became the Deputy Political Editor of the Concord Newspapers.

In 1990 Omatseye 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. 

In 1993, he got appointed Managing Editor, Abuja Bureau of the Concord Newspapers.

In 1995 Sam Omatseye served as Editorial Page Editor, Thisday Newspaper. In 1996, he became Deputy Editor, Sunday Concord 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 Denver and the University of Colorado.

Sam Omatseye is currently the chairman, Editorial Board of The Nation Newspapers. He oversees the Opinion Section of the newspaper and runs a weekly column, In Touch.

Sam Omatseye Books

Sam Omatseye has published a good number of books, including:
• A Chronicle Foretold (Columns)
• My Name Is Okoro (Novels)
• Crocodile Girl (Novels)
• Mandela's Bones and Other Poems (Poems)
• Dear Baby Ramatu (Poems)
• Dear Baby Ramatu: Poem
• Tribe and Prejudice
• Lion Wind And Other Poems (Poems)
• In Touch, Journalism as National Narrative (Columns)
• Scented Offal (Poems)
• The Siege to mark Professor Wole Soyinka's 80th birthday (Plays)

Awards and Recognition

• Best Reporter in the 1991 Nigerian Media Merit Award (for coverage of the military air crash in Ejigbo, Lagos)
• Gordon N. Fisher Fellowship for Journalists in The Commonwealth (1992)
• The Alfred Friendly Press Fellowship (1997)
• Association of Black Journalists Award for Feature Writing
• Scripps Award Prize for Deadline Reporting
• Columnist of The Year in the Nigerian Media Merit Award (NMMA) (three times)
• In 2015, he was made an Honorary Fellow of the Nigerian Academy Of Letters
• The National Productivity Order of Merit (NPOM) (2019)

Social Media Handles

You can connect with Sam Omatseye on:
Facebook: Sam Omatseye
Twitter @samomatseye

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