By Innocent Anaba, Kenneth Ehigiator, Charles Komulu, Ebun Sessou, Onozure Dania & Olayinka Latona
LAGOS—Friends and Vanguard Newspaper family defied yesterday’s heavy down-pour to give a befitting farewell to the don of entertaining reporting and late Vanguard Entertainment Editor, Mr Ogbonnaya Amadi.
The wake-keep had in attendance, Vanguard Publisher, Mr. Sam Amuka; General Manager, Publications/Editor-in-Chief, Mr Gbenga Adefaye; Editorial Board Chairman, Mr Ikeddy Isiguzo; Assistant General Manager, Admin/Legal, Mrs Omasan Dudu; AGM Brands, Mr Fred Odueme; Advert Manager, Emeka Nkwocha; Weekend Editor, Chioma Gabriel; Financial Controller, Mrs Titi Jolaosho; Group Sports Editor, Mr Onochie Anibeze, among others.
Pastor Noruwa Edokpolo, the pastor in charge of Redeemed Christian Church of God Dominion Sanctuary, ACME, Lagos Province 2, in his sermon admonished late Amadi’s family and friends, to take solace in the fact that Amadi made peace with his creator before his death.
Pastor Edokpolo, lamented that the country was facing a lot of challenges because the masses were after material gains, which he noted last only for a short time.
“I urge you all to have a rethink of your life as someday, we will all give account of our doings while on earth.”
Describing Amadi, as a man who lived his life to the fullest, he said that the late Amadi was always ahead of his class and willing to learn.
A Vanguard’s Senior Editor, Mr Azu Akanwa, who recounted his experience with late Amadi, said he was a man, who cared so much for his family and gave his best to the job of reporting, and he grew to become a master.
He said: “I met him in 1991. I want to corroborate what the Pastor said. We used to go home together, we discussed at length and from our discussion, I knew Amadi was aware he would leave this world. He had no enemy in his workplace, the family should be happy because he knew his time was up. He used to smoke and drink but stopped, and there were many things he left.
“I want to encourage all of us as much as it is painful to us, to pray that the Lord will give the family the fortitude to bear the loss.”
A former colleague, Mr Fred Iwenjora said: “I knew late Amadi since 1997 and for 10 years, it was a brotherhood. People should bid him farewell where ever he goes.”
He recalled that though there were ups and downs when they worked together, they worked out their differences and forged ahead on the job.
Editor of Vanguard, Mr Mideno Bayagbon, said: “Aside him being my colleague, late Amadi was one of my closest friends. Late Amadi was my first friend in Vanguard and he was a talented journalist and a friend I will miss dearly. I pray God to give his family the strength and fortitude to bear the loss.”
Deputy Editor of Vanguard, Mr Eze Anaba, said: “I worked closely with him when I was the Saturday Editor and he and his team helped in giving character to the paper. He was a guy who until his death worked hard to prove that he was the don of entertainment journalism. He was really a guy on top of his game and the out-pouring of emotion after his death showed that he was indeed the don. We will miss him.”
On his part, Mr Kayode Matthew, Vanguard’s News Editor, said late Amadi was “an amiable fellow and a brother, who I am sure to re-unite with at the feet of our Lord Jesus Christ based on the last testimony he shared with me before he passed on.”
Click here to read a collection of Amadi’s entertainment stories.