By Innocent Anaba, Uduma Kalu & Wahab Abdullah
The remains of the late anguard photojournalist, Mr Sylva Eleanya,were, yesterday, laid to rest in his home town, Umuogi, Umuakwune in Ngor/Okpala Loca Government Area of Imo State, amid tears as family and friends paid him their last respects.
Speaking at the burial, Mr Tony Ubani, Vanguard Sport Editor,who represented Vanguard management, said Sylva, who was, until his death, the Vice Chairman of Vanguard Chapel of Nigerian Union of Journalists, NUJ, would be missed by colleagues as he was friendly with all and bore no malice or grudges against any one, even when offended. He promised the family of the continued support of Vanguard management to the widow and children, noting the deceased photojournalist Sylva took his work very serious, which won him awards and recognition in the country.
Mr Ubani said: “The late Slyva did everything well in his profession and became an international photojournalist, as he could write stories well and was very good in photography. We are sad that he left us. It will be difficult to fill the void created by his demise. We shall all miss him.
”He (late Sylva) was too fond of his wife and children. We appeal to his friends and colleagues not to forget the lovely family he left behind.”
Sylva’s uncle, Sir Emma Eleanya, said that he (Sylva) was an accomplished photojournalist, community leader, peace-maker, adding that he would be missed.
Rev Stone Stone, who conducted the funeral service, said the deceased was a man of integrity. He said, “if people say he was a man of integrity, then what will God say? It is good for people to always be associated and remembered for their good deeds. He warned that people should pause from their pursuit of material things to ponder where they would end up when they die, adding that Sylva accomplished a lot at 50, as he was known across the country for his hard work and outstanding performance while he alive.
The burial was attended by Vanguard NUJ executives; Vanguard correspondents from the South South and South East; Photo Journalist Association of Nigeria, PJAN; Mr Dan Ngerem, and a former President, Athletic Federation of Nigeria, among others.