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Laolu Akande is a reporter, editor and writer who has written guest columns and news stories for the Philadelphia Iniquirer, Newsday and The News Journal of Wilmington Delaware.

He is currently a freelance writer and editor with Newsday, America's 6th largest metropolitian paper. He also serves as the USA Correspondent of The Guardian, Nigeria's newspaper of record.

His career in journalism started in his schooldays at the Oyo State College of Arts & Science, Ile-Ife through the University of Ibadan. He started reporting for The Guardian in 1989 and became one of the nation''s most distinguished education reporters.

During the 1992 ASUU national strike, Akande's incisive exclusive stories disclosed the behind the scenes maneuvers and negotiations that persisted while the strike was on between the Federal Government and the striking lecturers. They also surveyed the battlefield in the strike, which was indeed the very first organised and quite succesful form of civil resistance that the IBB regime faced at that time.

He left The Guardian to become a foundation member of The News Magazine and later Tempo, publications that directly sought to empower the Nigerian people against the then ravaging and plundering military junta.

He later joined the Nigerian Tribune and became editor of the weekend paper in 1997, becoming one of the youngest newspaper editors in Nigeria. However that brought him in direct confrontation with the military and he had to leave Nigeria about 14 months later alerted that he may have become a target after publishing a cover story with a screaming headline "WHO WANTS DIYA DEAD?" not knowing that on the day of the publication the Abacha junta will declare Diya a coup plotter.

Akande has reported from the UN General Assembly, White House, covered the 1996 US presidential elections and interviewed strings of eminent newsmakers in Nigeria and the United States including Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka and Real Estate Tycoon Donald Trump.

Akande who is also writing the Biography of Professor J.F.Ade Ajayi has a Master's degree in Language & Communication Arts. He is married with two children.

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