A Lifetime of Service



Mallam Turi Muhammadu, 70, joined the New Nigerian as an executive assistant in 1969 after obtaining his bachelors degree in History from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He served as marketing manager in 1971 before being appointed as managing editor for the Lagos zone, 1972-74. He edited the New Nigerian from 1974-76. After enjoying a rich track record in the administration, marketing, and editorial departments, he was appointed managing director of the New Nigerian in 1976. He served for four years. Under him, the paper witnessed growth, and earned respect from critical quarters. He also nurtured a generation of young journalists and media executives who are today some of the leading lights of journalism, not only in the north, but in Nigeria. Mallam Turi also served as chairman of the sub committee for the commercialisation of the News Agency of Nigeria, 1989-1990. He has served as chairman of two publishing companies: the Daily Times in 1991, and Citizens Communications, from 1989-95. He is the author of the revealing work, Courage and Conviction: New Nigerian, the first 20 years, and 1979 Constitution: Framework for Democracy. He is a fellow of the Nigerian Guild of Editors, and a recipient of the merit award of the Nigeria Union of Journalists.


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