By Bashir Adefeka
One of the early gen-eration journalists and former General Manager, Eastern region-owned newspaper, Daily Star, Gilbert Obiora Ofodili, is dead. He was 72
Ofodili, who is nephew to the former Attorney-General of the Federation and current Onowu-Onitsha, Chris Ofodili, was yesterday said to have passed on at his home in Onitsha, Anambra State, a family source told Vanguard.
In his reaction, the Igwe-Achalla and former Press Secretary to the Head of State during the military regime of General Olusegun Obasanjo, Dr. Ezeoba Alex Nwokedi, described the late Gilbert Ofodili as a media icon.
Nwokedi, who is number 20 in journalists register in Nigeria, lauded Ofodili for his positive contribution to journalism growth during his time as Morning Post reporter and General Manager of Daily Star and Rennaissance.
â€œHe was a very good friend. We shared many things together. I will really miss him and those of us, journalists of the 60s and 70s will remember him for his scoops and resourcefulness,â€ he said.
‘He was colourfully dashing’
In his own reaction, President, Association of Veteran Journalists in Nigeria and former Editor of Daily Express, Chief Eddie Aderinokun, described Gilbert Ofodili as a wonderful journalist.
â€œI used to call him â€˜Gilâ€™.Â Oh, Gilbert Ofodili was a very wonderful journalist.Â He was of our generation and he was exemplary in getting scoops and he was wonderfully resourceful. I mean Gil was colourfully dashing and dashingly colourful,â€ Aderinokun said, adding that the journalism icon was a professional with style.
Akran of Badagry, Oba Aholu Menu Toyi I, who worked together at the Morning Post with Gilbert Ofodili, said he was a hardworking journalist.
â€œHe was a very nice colleague. He was a good journalist. I will remember him for his resourcefulness,â€ the Akran said.
Born in 1938, Gilbert had his secondary education in Warri and later moved to East Berlin where he trained as journalist. He later had to attend National Press Institute, Miniapoli in the United States of America.
He had earlier started to work as a staff in the Advert Department of the Federal Government-owned organisation, Morning Post Group of Newspapers. He later became a reporter in the same organisation reporting for Morning Post before the then Administrator of Eastern State, Dr. Ukpabi Asika, appointed him Secretary and Executive Officer, Rehabilitation Commission, with major responsibility of rehabilitating the Biafrans returning to Enugu at that time.
Survived by a wife, Justice Funmilayo Ofodili, currently serving with Anambra State High Court and children, Gilbert will be buried later in the month.
Burial arrangement will be formally announced by the family.