Lagos – The Agege Local Government in Lagos State is to immortalise the late journalist, Alhaji Kola Animashaun.

The local government said it would commence a yearly essay contest by pupils of public junior secondary schools in the community to immortalise the late veteran journalist.

Animashaun, a popular columnist and former Chairman of Editorial Board of The Vanguard, died on May 30 at the age of 80.

L-R) Mrs. Opeyemi Sarumi, Mr. Adeboye Animashaun, Mrs. Silfat Animashaun and Executive Chairman, Agege LG, Alhaji Ganiyu Egunjo

He hailed from Agege.

Alhaji Ganiyu Egunjobi, the Chairman of Agege Local Government, made the promise when he led a delegation of the council members to pay a condolence visit to the bereaved family in Dopemu on Sunday.

They were received by the widow, Mrs Silfat Animashaun, Mr Adeboye Animashaun and Mrs Opeyemi Sarumi, son and daughter of the deceased, respectively.

Egunjobi said the late Journalist was an illustrious son of Agege “in whom everybody who had nexus with the area was well pleased with and proud of”.

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He said that Animashaun was downright forthright and religious and called on the residents in the area to emulate him.

“Alhaji Animashaun was a journalist par excellence, a fine gentleman, a conscientious and decent person who was committed to the development of Nigeria and bestrode the media like a colossus.

“His write-ups were insightful, inspiring and for some of us, they were weekly tonic.

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“He personified piety and professional excellence. It is my hope that many of us can replicate him and stay on the straight and narrow,” he said.

The council chief urged the family members to uphold his principles by being above board and maintain strong work ethic.

“We are happy that he has not died unsung. On our part at the council, we have come up with an annual essay competition to immortalise him.

“It will be contested by public junior secondary school pupils in Agege every July 5 on his posthumous birthday anniversary.

“Apart from immortalising the late doyen of journalism, the other aims are to encourage reading culture, creative writing among school children and recognise hard work and talent of aspiring young writers.”

Mr. Adeboye Animashaun, a son of the late journalist, expressed surprise and appreciation at the project to immortalise their patriarch by the council.

“We truly appreciate your effort at immortalising Alhaji Animashaun and accept our gratitude for deeming it worthy to confer enduring fame on him,” he said. (NAN)

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