A Lifetime of Service


18TH DAME AWARDS

ALHAJI LATEEF JAKANDE

Alhaji Lateef Jakande, 80, worked as reporter/proof reader with the Daily Service 1949-50, rising to be acting editor 1951-53. He later edited the Nigerian Tribune, 1953-56; and was managing editor, 1954-56. He was named joint General Manager, Amalgamated Press of Nigeria Ltd in 1956, editor in chief, 1956-59. He served as Managing Director/Editor in chief of the African Newspapers Ltd, 1968-79. He was the driving mind behind the establishment of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism. As governor of Lagos State, 1979-83, he established the Lagos Television and Radio stations, providing an alternative voice to the federal broadcasting organs of the central government of Alhaji Shehu Shagari. He served at various times vice President of the International Press Institute, 1972-72, President, 1975-76, and president of the Nigerian branch from 1960-78. Recipient of honours from major media stakeholders—the Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria, the Nigerian Guild of Editors, and the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Alhaji Jakande published Lagos News for some years when he left public office. Today, he remains chairman of John West Publications Ltd, quietly enjoying the life of private citizen, who remains concerned about enabling Nigeria to attain its manifest destiny.

 

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