Sports Minister condoles with Vanguard
The Minister of Sports and Chairman of the National Sports Commission, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi has condoled with the staff and management of the Vanguard over the untimely death of sports photographer Sylva Eleanya.
In a statement by his media aide, Mr Julius Ogunro, the minister described the late Eleanya as a diligent, industrious and creative journalist, whose work distinguished him amongst his peers.
“I was shocked to hear about his death today. This no doubt must be very sad for the Vanguard family coming so shortly after the death of another staff. I sympathize with the family of the deceased, and pray that his soul rest in peace,” the minister said.
The Nigeria Football Federation also condoled Vanguard Media Limited over the death on Saturday night of ace photojournalist Sylva Eleanya.
NFF spokesman Ademola Olajire, who worked with the respected photojournalist for almost 10 years at Vanguard, was visibly distressed: “The NFF is in grief over the death of Mr. Eleanya. A big tree has fallen. He was one of the very best in the photo sector.
“We remember that Sylva Eleanya was always present at major events, and did his job creditably and professionally.
He was a prominent face in Calabar just a week earlier when the Super Eagles defeated Liberia to qualify for the 2013 African Cup of Nations.
“Honestly, I am inconsolable. He was a personal friend and was always so jovial. We travelled together to several major international sporting events and he always excelled.”
NFF General Secretary, Barrister Musa Amadu, said: “We send our most sincere condolences to the immediate family of Mr. Eleanya, Vanguard Media Limit
ed and Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Lagos State chapter. He was a jolly good fellow and will be missed by all at the NFF and the entire Nigeria football family.”
In another condolence message, the management of Hotsports described Eleanya’s death as “a great loss to sports journalism as he was an industrious photojournalist who carried out his assignments diligently.”
The letter signed by the CEO, Taye Ige states that “Eleanya would be remembered for his contributions to the profession he was so passionate about.”
In the same vain, Heartland Football Club of Owerri yesterday sent their condolences to the management and staff of Vanguard Newspapers on the death of ace photojournalist, Sylve Eleanya.
The letter which was signed by the General Manager/CEO Fan Ndubuoke states: Before his sudden death, Mr Eleanya was a well known and a respected journalist whose contributions helped in no small measure to the promotion and development of Nigerian sports, especially, football.
He will be most remembered for his steadfastness in the use of photo journalism to aid our local football.”