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Encomiums for Awolowo, Enahoro over 60 years of TV broadcasting in Nigeria


Former Nigeria’s Ambassador to Philippines, Yemi Farounmbi (left); Convener, Foundation for Ibadan Television Anniversary Celebration (FITA), Lekan Alabi and Correspondent, Space FM, Ibadan, Bimpe Soga-Oke, during a press briefing on the forthcoming Western Nigerian Television (WNTV) 60th anniversary celebrations in Ibadan…yesterday. PHOTO: NAN

For their roles in pioneering television broadcasting in Nigeria and Africa, former Premier of the Defunct Western Region, Chief Obafemi Awolowo and his Information Minister, Chief Anthony Enahoro, have been lauded and eulogised for putting the region in world map.

Against this background, activities have been lined up to mark the establishment of Africa’s first television station, Western Nigeria Television (WNT) and celebrate the legends.

The celebration was put together by the Foundation for Ibadan Television Anniversary Celebration (FITAC) under the chairmanship of Ambassador Yemi Farounmbi.


The celebration will reach a crescendo with the grand finale set to hold on Thursday, October 31, 2019 at the International Conference Centre, University of Ibadan (UI).

According to Chief Lekan Alabi, the co-convener of the event, in Ibadan yesterday, said the celebration became imperative to acknowledge the purpose of television in Nigeria and Africa at large as envisioned by Awolowo.

Alabi added that during the celebration, awards would be given to veterans and individuals who had helped in shaping the broadcast industry in Nigeria and Africa at large among whom are Chief Ebenezer Obey-Fabiyi, Sunny Ade and post-humous awards to Duro Ladipo, Haruna Ishola, Hubert Ogunde and a host of others.

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