Olori Janet Afolabi, CNN award winning journalist, Publisher and Queen of Apomu Kingdom in Osun State, has joined the league of authors.
Her authorial debut, titled: “The Masters Who Trained Me,” was unveiled on February 24 at the Alapomu Palace Hall in Apomu.
The unveiling was part of the activities to mark the second coronation anniversary of Oba Kayode Adenekan Afolabi, the Alapomu of Apomu.
Presenting the book to the guests, Gbenga Adefaye, General Manager/Editor-In-Chief of Vanguard Newspapers, said it is an important gift that should last till eternity.
Adefaye, who is a former two-term President of the Nigerian Guild of Editors, said: “Olori Janet Afolabi could be regarded as a famous journalist and not that just a journalist, but an award winning journalist who has won local and international awards.”
He said Olori Afolabi set out to remember those who took her on the journey of learning to become a master and successful journalist.
“The book is a book of tributes to the mentors of Olori Janet.
“They guided, trained and tutored her till she decided that their efforts deserve to be documented for posterity.
“It is acknowledgment of excellence of the work of the most famous Ray Ekpu, Dan Agbese, Yakubu Mohammed, Soji Akinrinade, Nosa Igiebor and Dare Babarinsa.”
Olori Afolabi said she wrote the book to “honour these renowned journalists who trained, drilled and moulded me into someone with valuables skills.
“They gave me media platform to operate, explore and express myself.
“They gave me wings to fly in the winds of journalism travails and triumphs.
“I want to appreciate them while they are alive.
“I am expressing my gratitude by giving them a gift that will live after them.
“The gift is this book.
“My experience with each of them and the techniques of news writing they taught me are chronicled in the six chapters of the book.
“The book is a source of material for the younger generation of journalists and journalism students.
“The book is also an addition to the existing literature on Nigerian media industry.
“The history of journalism in Nigeria may not be complete without the contributions of these great men who have trained and mentored some of the best hands in journalism.
“They are indeed an asset to the world of journalism.”
Prominent journalists in attendance included Soji Akinrinade, former Executive Director/Editor-in-Chief, Newswatch magazine; Mustapha Isa, President, Nigerian Guild of Editors; Bolaji Adebiyi, Managing Editor, ThisDay Newspaper andVice President (West), Nigerian Guild of Editors; Dotun Oladipo former President, Guild of Corporate Online Publishers and Publisher of The Eagle Online; and Gabriel Akinadewo, Publisher Freedom Online.
Among others who attended the event were the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi; Olofa of Offa, Oba Mufutau Gbadamosi; Secretary to the Osun State Government, Oluwole Oyebamiji, who represented Osun State Governor, Gboyega Oyetola; Asoya of Isoya, who represented the Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Adeyeye; Akarigbo of Remo, ObaBabatunde Amoo; Onire of Ire, Ekiti State; and Olowu of Owu Kuta.
Other personalities included Waheed Olagunju, former Acting Managing Director of Bank of Industries; Marouf Olanrewaju, Majority Leader, Osun State House of Assembly; Yemi Lawal, Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Osun State; and Marouf Akinremi, Chairman, Isokan Local Government area of Osun State.
Western Post Nigeria.