Soji Akinrinade, Editor-in-Chief of Newswatch magazine until May 5, 2011, has had a long and distinguished career in journalism, having worked for the News Agency of Nigeria, The Punch, where he was Features Editor and Deputy Editor and the Sunday Concord. He joined Newswatch in November 1984 as one of its three pioneer Associate Editors, and rose to the rank of Executive Editor and finally Editor-in-Chief in 2010.
He was (and is still) affectionately called "The General" having been in charge of the Newswatch newsroom during the magazine's early years. A honours graduate of both the Northwestern State University of Louisiana, Natchitoches, LA, USA and the Henry Grady School of Journalism, University of Georgia, Athens, GA, USA, where he obtained his BA and MA degrees in journalism respectively, Akinrinade is a Nuffield Press Fellow of Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK. He is also a Fellow of the Nigerian Guild of Editors.
He is a contributor to Ojukwu, published in 2012 by May-Five Media Limited which he co-founded with three other veteran journalists. In addition, he contributed to Newswatch Best and Jogging in the Jungle: The Newswatch Story