Simon Kolawole is the Founder & CEO of Cable Newspaper Ltd, publishers of an online newspaper launched in November 2013. He was the Editor of THISDAY, regarded as Nigeria’s most influential newspaper, from 2007-2012.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication from the University of Lagos and a master’s degree in Governance and Development from the University of Sussex, UK, as a British Chevening Scholar, in 2006.
Kolawole was named among Africa’s next generation of leaders by The Banker, a publication of Financial Times of London, in 2009. He was the Mo Ibrahim Fellow on the Governance for Development in Africa Initiative at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, in 2010.
According to Daily Trust, Kolawole, at 29, became the youngest editor of a national newspaper in Nigeria. By 2007, when he was appointed the editor and associate director of This Day, he was also the youngest Nigerian to have ever achieved such a feat. He edited the paper for five years, before he resigned in 2012. He has taken leadership courses at Yale University and Harvard Kennedy School of Government as a Young Global Leader of World Economic Forum.
Kolawole was born in Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria, but moved to Mopa, in present-day Kogi State, Nigeria to live with his grandmother. He moved to Lagos, Nigeria, in 1989 to study Mass Communications at the University of Lagos.
Kolawole’s journey into journalism was inspired by veteran journalist, Dele Giwa, who was killed in the line of duty. In 2008, Kolawole published a comprehensive This Day Oil Report, titled “Nigeria and Other Oil-Producing Countries: A Comparative Study”. His other works have been cited in the Journal of Asian and African Social Science and Humanities, and in many other academic works. Kolawole concentrates most of his thoughts on nation-building and its impediments, and has written extensively on governance, conflict and development. He writes a weekly column for THISDAY.