The Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Lagos State Council regrets to announce the death of a former Chairman of the Council, late Pa ‘Dele Odebiyi, a quintessential gentleman whose commitment to media professionalism and vibrancy was unquestionable!
The sad event took place yesterday, March 28,2020 at the Ikorodu General Hospital,Ikorodu, Lagos State.
In a statement released and signed by the Chairman, Dr. Qasim Akinreti and the Secretary, Comrade Alfred Odifa, described the death of the legendary journalism icon as a colossal loss to Lagos NUJ and the journalism profession at large.
Addressing a handful of press men yesterday, Dr.Qasim Akinreti described death as “a necessary end that will come when it will come”
The Chairman eulogised the fallen icon as a mentor, teacher,hardworking, committed,passionate Union leader and an encyclopedia of NUJ.
A thorough bred professional, Baba Odebiyi as he is fondly called by members, started his journalism journey from Radio Lagos in the 80s as an NYSC member and later joined the Daily Times Newspaper, where he retired as Editor.
Baba Odebiyi later became a lecturer at the defunct Times Journalism Institute, TJI, where he taught many Journalists of repute.
Baba Odebiyi was a good blend of professionalism and unionism.
His calming disposition in moments of tension will be greatly missed!
Sun re o,Baba !
Comrade Alfred Odifa