Veteran sports activities journalist and President of Worldwide Sport Press Affiliation ( AIPS Africa), Mitchel Obi; Group Managing Director Full Communications Restricted, Dr. Mumini Alao; Chairman/CEO Brila Media, Dr. Larry Izamoje and MD/CEO, Neo Media and Advertising and marketing, Mr. Ehi Braimah, have paid glowing tributes to the Govt Chairman, Full Communications Restricted, Dr. (Pastor) Emmanuel Sunny Ojeagbase on his seventieth birthday on Thursday, December 31, 2020.
Talking on Sports activities Radio 88.9 Brila FM, Obi revealed how he used to win prizes as a reader in a letter competitors throughout Dr. Ojeagbase’s days because the Sports activities Editor of The Guardian. He additionally recalled how he finally began working with him.
“He’s the one one, and just one – there isn’t any two Sunny Ojeagbases. From soldiering to sports activities journalism, you’ve gotten a pathfinder, you’ve gotten a pioneer, you’ve gotten a manufacturing wizard and you’ve got a pastor. And once you take a look at Sunny Ojeagbase there is just one phrase – diligence,” Obi mentioned.
“I wish to be a part of the tens of millions of sports activities aficionados, sport journalists, all those that perceive that with regards to the enterprise of sport there are two sides, you’ve gotten the event competitors facet, you’ve gotten the promotion and you’ve got the followers. For the sports activities media, you realize the place we belong, with out us sport journalism shall be like an African dance with out the drum. So Sunny was a drummer.
“I do know him earlier than we met in The Guardian, he was the quintessential editor. I used to win his letter prize – writing letters to the editor. I gained it on three events once I was a pupil within the College of Ife, that was how I bought to know him.
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“So once we met within the Guardian, it was like a gathering of kindred spirit, we knew ourselves and he was my trainer, my guardian, my solely editor. And when he resigned in protest, I additionally resigned in protest and a few folks mentioned I used to be naive. That was in 1984 once we had our first disaster in The Guardian and he resigned in protest for discount of salaries, and I joined him in solidarity as a result of he was a person who gave me employment and I by no means wrote an software. He mentioned, ‘simply begin writing’, and writing turned for me like a love and Sunny Ojeagbase additionally consider that sport journalism was a labour of affection and he gave it all the pieces.
Obi added: “He’s a classic entrepreneur. And many individuals have forgotten that the primary 4 editions of Sport Memento, I wrote the quilt from back and front pages for 4 weeks. Sunny was nonetheless recovering from the shock of dropping a job he labored so arduous and made The Guardian the flagship of Nigerian journalism. So, we’ve come a good distance.
“At 70, I can solely toast to a person who has given all of it, seen all of it, and naturally, once you speak in regards to the enterprise I can repeat what I mentioned, he’s the one one.”
Braimah, a former workers of Full Communications Restricted, defined how Dr. Ojeagbase overcame loads of challenges to get to the place he’s at present.
“The celebrant, Sunny Ojeagbase, is a mentor, he’s our father, he’s a pathfinder, he’s a visionary,” Braimah mentioned on Brila FM.
“Pastor Ojeagbase, I’ve identified him for the previous 32 years and we have now a powerful relationship – household ties between us, and it has been a beautiful relationship.
“Here’s a man who wasn’t born with a silver spoon, however from a humble starting and labored so arduous to shake off what I name poverty as a result of he knew that poverty can cut back a person. So, he labored so arduous. He had a lot to hold by way of members of the family.
“We thank God for his life and I need to additionally inform you, our celebrant has additionally handed by means of so many rivers, hills and valleys to get to the place he’s at present. He’s a life coach; humanist, , pastor, thinker, chief and entrepreneur.”
On his half, Dr. Alao went down reminiscence lane to recall how his journey with Dr. Ojeagbase started.
“I’m privileged to have been in a position to work with Dr. Sunny Ojeagbase for fairly some time now. And once I say fairly some time, I’m speaking about 32 years, for lots of people, that may be a lifetime. The fascinating half is that earlier than I began working with him, I used to be studying him whereas he was Sport Editor of Sunday Harmony between 1980 and 1982 and in addition the Sport Editor of The Guardian newspapers in 1982, opand 1984 when he left to go and arrange Sport Memento,” he mentioned.
“I used to be nonetheless within the college on the time. He was really my mentor with out realising it and I keep in mind he organised a contest within the Harmony in 1981 and I entered for that competitors. I gained the star prize and that was the primary time my identify would seem in a nationwide newspaper and it was S. O. (Sunny Ojeagbase) that made it occur. So you possibly can think about once I completed college in 1987, did my youth service in 1988, I lastly met S.O. and began working with him.
“Earlier than I began working with him, he was already a mannequin for me. He impressed me to pursue a profession in sport journalism, so it was only a matter of destiny that I got here round to work carefully with him. S.O. has been a really dependable ally, he’s been my mentor, my trainer. I keep in mind once I joined, I couldn’t plan web page very effectively. In the meantime, S.O. was a grasp in planning pages, so I learnt from him. Then in a few years, I grew up, turned the editor of Full Soccer, the place we began Worldwide Soccer Evaluation, Full Sports activities and all of the publications that got here thereafter.
“So other than being knowledgeable, not like different individuals who put money into the media who are usually not professionals – loads of time it’s a must to clarify issues to them why it’s a must to go on a visit, why it’s a must to do some interviews. After I inform him we have to go and canopy an task in Belgium, in Holland – on a regular basis, the place the Tremendous Eagles had been based mostly on the best way to USA 1994 [World Cup], it was at all times permitted.
“So it was enjoyable, and all the fellows who got here to work with us – all of us simply had enjoyable working collectively. So it’s good to work with knowledgeable and that’s what I loved with S.O.”
Dr. Alao added: “Other than that skilled facet the human facet of it: he’s a God fearing man, he’s a dependable man, he’s a belief worthy particular person. All I can say is thanks very a lot sir, for uplifting me to be a sport journalist myself and in addition giving me the chance to work with him as a result of I keep in mind once I first joined, there was no emptiness. I simply walked into the workplace and mentioned I needed to work in Full Soccer and he mentioned, ‘you’re welcome’ and that was it.
“Now that he’s 70, I pray he nonetheless has extra many years to go and I pray he spends the remainder of his life in good well being.”
Legendary broadcast journalist Dr. Izamoje, rounded off the Ojeagbase at 70 present on Brila FM along with his classic model.
“The Crusaders checked out life and sang ‘I’m so grateful, I’m standing right here at present’. Such is the story of Dr. Sunny Ojeagbase,” he eulogised.
“An awesome Nigerian, somebody who has contributed most selflessly to the expansion and improvement of sport. The doyen of sport writing enterprise in Nigeria, and naturally, he’s a number one gentle for us.
“70 and nonetheless occurring sturdy, and we’re thanking God for all the pieces. Just like the sunshine within the morning, he has loved God’s grace and certainly has labored very arduous, the grace of God has been on his life and it’s evident for everybody to see.
“When Dr. Mumini Alao despatched me the tribute I pened when Dr. Sunny Ojeagbase turned 60 ten years in the past, I checked out each line and each line remained related and that’s what you’ve bought to say about this type of achiever as a result of it has been a straight line of truthfulness, of humility, of encouraging others, of educating folks tips on how to aspire to nice heights, of not being proud, of realizing that all the pieces you’ve gotten attained and achieved in life got here from God Almighty, and that it’s God that provides you energy for attainment, achievement for wealth, for all the pieces, for good well being. And God has been variety to him. God has been good to him, God has been merciful to him.
“As he turns 70, we have a good time at Brila and congratulate him spherical and spherical: his spouse his complete household, everybody at Full Communications, Success Digest, – everybody he has touched, please let’s have a good time a person worthy of point out each second, each time. Congratulations, Dr. Sunny Emmanuel Ojeagbase.”
By James Agberebi
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