A Lifetime of Service


18TH DAME AWARDS

CHIEF ANTHONY ENAHORO

Chief Anthony Enahoro, 86, was reputed to have been the youngest editor of a major Nigerian newspaper, having been named editor of the Southern Defender at 21 years in 1944. He also edited Daily Comet, 1945-49; and served as associate editor of the West African Pilot, 1949, before assuming the position of editor in chief of the Morning Star, 1950-53. As Minister for Home Affairs, Transport, Information and Midwest Affairs in the Western Region, he conceived, sold, and mid-wife the idea of an educational television to the government of Obafemi Awolowo. This pioneering work towards the establishment of Africa's first television station in 1959, spurred him to also negotiate the birth of commercial broadcasting in Nigeria, which eventually took off as Western Nigeria Broadcasting Service in 1960. As Federal Commissioner for Information, Culture, Youth and Sports, 1967-74, he directed the public communication policy of the Gowon administration. Outside public office, he published various community-based papers such as Sunday World, Woman Vista, and the Weekender. He remains an elder statesman obliging the nation of his rich and wide experience on challenges of nation-building.

 

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