By: JIMI DAVID
The Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo will Thursday April 8, 2021 lead seven sitting governors and the cream of politics, business and the media to the formal presentation of The Making of The Nigerian Flagship:The Guardian Story authored by O’Seun Ogunseitan and Aaron Ukodie two reporters who cut their journalism teeth at the newspaper.
The book launch which is a two- in-one event will also feature a posthumous honour for Mr Alex Ibru, the late founder and publisher of The Guardian whose unique entrepreneurial spirit created The Guardian.
The event billed for The Balmoral Event Centre, Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island,Lagos has the vice- president as special guest of honour while governors Nyemso Wike (Rivers), Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti), Abdurahman Abdulrasaq (Kwara), Yahaya Bello (Kogi), Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu) and Aminu Tambuwal (Sokoto) are guests of honours. Lagos governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu and Delta’s Ifeanyi Okowa are joint chief hosts. Former Ogun governor who is also a veteran journalist, Chief Segun Osoba is the father of the day while Dr Reuben Abati is the book reviewer.
According to a press statement by the authors the event is unique because: “It is not every day that some 400 former employees of any organisation anywhere in the world, will get together to appreciate and honour their founding proprietor. But, that is what some 400 founding staff of a Lagos-based Nigerian newspaper are doing, some of them, after as many as 35 years of founding the newspaper organisation. It is what the staff of The Guardian newspaper in its first 10 years between 1983 and 1993, on Thursday, at the Balmoral Hall of the Federal Palace Hotel in Lagos.”
“We will be celebrating a glorious era we are happy to have been part of. It is with a view to letting our younger ones know the height we once attained here in this same Nigeria, as a minimum they can aspire to. We are also appreciating the one unique billionaire businessman who single-handedly funded the establishment of probably the most powerful, but definitely the most impactful Nigerian newspaper in the last 50 years, but still left the control of the newspaper totally in the hands of professionals,” they said.
Accoding to Ogunseitan and Ukodie, “We also are recognising Mr Alex Ibru, an unassuming billionaire whose exemplary newspaper proprietorship and entrepreneuship, helped The Guardian to attain and maintain the standard it attained so quickly and for its first 10 years, before the newspaper too, became a victim of Gen Sanni Abacha’s institution-destructive streak. The recognition of this unusual Nigerian, weighs far more in our hearts than the sole award of the epochal event and the commemorative plaque. The book itself details how he and others got it all woven together, and what they did, that may have sustained the nostalgic era for the newspaper’s first 10 years.
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