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Veteran journalist, Othihiwa buried

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The body of veteran journalist and media practitioner, James Odafe Othihiwa, has been laid to rest as friends and family members eulogized him at Owhodokpokpo-Igbide community, Isoko South local government area of Delta State.

The president of Isoko Development Union, Chief Iduh Amadhe, represented by Mr. Dan Odhomor, described Othihiwa as a true patriot of Isoko. He said Othihiwa was the first to publish on Isoko ethnic nationality to the world, adding that his contribution in the history of Isoko nation will be remembered.

Mr. Alex Ovie, a frontline Isoko journalist, also described James Othihiwa as a man that taught and mentored him in journalism. Sir Ayodele Oghogho Othihiwa, one time House of Representatives candidate for Isoko federal constituency, said, Odafe Othihiwa lived a fulfilled life for 77 years and thanked God for the good legacies he left behind.

He described the deceased as a role model who attained the height of the profession as news editor of Nigeria Observer from 1977 to 1981, former general manager Daily Times and at one time the general manager African Independent Television.

The deceased’s eldest son, Mr. Dele Eloho Othihiwa, said his father did a lot for all his children who will continue to remember him. He said: “My father was dogged and wants everything done as scheduled without getting tired”.

In attendance was Ferguson Onwo, member Delta House of Assembly representing Isoko South constituency 2; Chief Mike Edegware, secretary Delta board of internal revenue; Sir Mathias Eto, former commissioner public complaints commission Delta State; Mr. John Araka, former Editor Daily Times, members of Nigeria Union of Journalists Isoko correspondent chapel, clergymen, cross section of Igbide community youths and women, friends and well wishers.


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