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NUJ Celebrates Osoba, Amuka-Pemu, Obaigbena, Dokpesi, Momoh, Kalu, Fadugba, Others as Media Icons

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Some distinguished media personalities, including former Governor of Ogun state, Aremo Olusegun Osoba, Publisher of Vanguard Newspapers, Prince Sam Amuka-Pemu, Publisher/Chairman, ThisDay Newspapers and Arise TV, Prince Nduka Obaigbena and Chairman Emeritus, Daar Communication, High Chief Raymond Dokpesi, are to be honoured by the national secretariat of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), during its maiden Milestone Recognition of Media Icons.

The event, scheduled to hold at the Banquet Hall, Muson Centre, Onikan, Lagos, on December 8, is being organised in conjunction with the Lagos State Council of the NUJ.

The Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, who is expected to be the chief host/guest speaker and will speak on “The Role of the Media in the 2023 General Election”, will be honoured for his media-friendly disposition at the ceremony, where Dr. John Momoh, Chief Executive Officer, Channels Media Group, Mallam Kabir Yusuf, Chairman, Trust Media Ltd and Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, Founder, The Sun Newspapers, among others, will be celebrated.

According to the Chairman of the Organising Committee, Otunba Gbenga Onayiga, the event is unique in its originality and is targeted at media owners and some seasoned journalists, who have distinguished themselves in the industry.

He added that the media gurus are to be honoured for their immense contributions to the development of journalism and the empowerment of media professionals in the country.

“Having created and sustained employment for journalists over the years, our union has deemed it fit to encourage the recipients and other media professionals and entrepreneurs to invest in the industry,” Onayiga said.

He revealed in a statement that some other journalists and media entrepreneurs penciled down for recognition are the Kano state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, who was also a former President of NUJ, Mallam Mohammed Garba, Chief Executive Officer, Independent Communication Network Limited, Mr. Bayo Onanuga, Chairman, Editorial Board of Penpushing Media/former Chairman, Lagos NUJ, Mrs. Olufunke Fadugba, former Managing Director, Champion Newspapers, Mr. Emma Agu and Publisher, Blueprint Newspapers, Alhaji Mohammed Idris Malagi.

Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, he added, will also be honoured for his giant strides in curbing rights violations since assuming office, together with Mr. Buki Ponle, Managing Director of News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Mrs.Yemi Kolapo, Publisher/Managing Director, The Point Newspapers and Director General of Governor Yahaya Bello (GYB) Media Organisation as well as Mr. John Ajayi, Publisher of Marketing Edge Magazine, he added.

“The Milestone Recognition of Media Icons initiative is designed to encourage top professionals to sustain the tempo and prop up the budding ones not to be discouraged by the current economic and professional challenges.

‘The event will have in attendance no fewer than 300 guests from different walks of life, including journalists drawn from across the country, who will join their Lagos counterparts, for the unique occasion, the chairman said.

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