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Kunle Ajibade is executive editor of TheNEWS. Born in Nigeria on 28 May 1958, he attended the University of Ife, where he earned a B.A. in English and an M.A. Literature-in-English. Before he became a co-founder/publisher of TheNEWS and P.M.NEWS, he worked at Grant Advertising as a copywriter, at African Concord as a senior correspondent and at The African Guardian as an assistant editor. In 1995 he was jailed for life because of a story published in TheNEWS magazine, and was only released in 1998 when his jailer, General Sani Abacha, the Head of State, died. Ajibade won the 1998/1999 Feuchtwanger Fellowship of Villa Aurora in Los Angeles to write his prison memoir, Jailed for Life: A Reporter’s Prison Notes, which was published in February 2003 by Heinemann Educational Books (Nig.) Plc. The book won the first Victor Nwankwo Book of the Year Award instituted by the Nigerian Book Fair Trust. He is also the author of What a Country!, a collection of some of his essays published in TheNEWS.