A Reporter's Day of Glory
By LANRE IDOWU
It was an unusual book launch for an equally unusual book. Even by Nigerian standards, the March 22nd turnout was impressive; the high table, overflowing with guests. On the front row were 33 guests featuring two former Heads of State, representative of the serving president, two serving governors, four past governors, and captains of industry, media chieftains, and leading politicians. A second row was occupied by another 17 Nigerians, including retired senior military officers, businessmen, and media executives. The 1500-large audience from different walks of life, seated classroom-style joyfully followed the proceedings in Muson Centre's Shell Hall.
Two of the well known comperes in the land struggled to remind everyone it was a book launch and not a political rally. The atmosphere was celebratory; akin to a political victory rally. They were all there to honour Olusegun Osoba, a distinguished journalist who plied his trade from the 1960s to the 80s and was elected twice in 1993 and 1999 as civilian governor of Ogun state. Osoba had been a reporter, editor, and newspaper administrator in such diverse media houses as the Daily Times in Lagos, the Herald in Ilorin, Kwara state and the Sketch in Ibadan, Oyo state as well as president of the Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria.