Abiodun Aloba

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Abiodun Aloba (1921-2001) was a Nigerian journalist from Edo State who was an editor in the Times Group of Newspapers and later became the general manager of the Nigerian Observer. He was one of the founding members of the Zikist Movement in 1946.

Aloba wrote a few booklets and insightful articles on Nigeria, including one dealing with tribal unions in Nigerian politics.

He is sometimes considered a pioneer of the Nigerian press.


Abiodun was born on December 21, 1921 to Timothy Aloba. He went to St Paul's School, in Igbara Oke and then Government College, Ibadan. He started his journalism career in 1945, when an article he sent to the Daily Service was printed. Prior to that he worked with the United African Company. In 1945, he started working in the press room at the Nigerian Mercantile Guardian and the Nigerian Advocate, he was then the latter's assistant editor, a year later, he moved to the West African pilot, (1946-1947), the Comet and then the Eastern States Express (1949-1952) where he served as the editor. He joined the Times Group in 1952. He became the Editor of the Sunday Times subsequently.

In 1961, he became the Editor of the Morning Post and at the onset of the first military regime in the Midwest, he was called on to help the region's governmental mouthpiece as a founding manager of the Nigerian Observer. He also helped in starting the Nigerian Herald of Kwara State later in the 1970s.

In the political arena, he worked with the late Waziri Ibrahim and was a special assistant to Shehu Shagari.

Aloba chose the pen name Ebenezer Williams.


  • Nigeria; Media Loses Two Journalists, February 19, 2001.