Quintessential Journalist Gbolabo Ogunsanwo Is Dead; Osoba, Babatope, Uthman Others Mourn

 

The quintessential, wordsmith of Nigerian Journalism Gbolabo Ogunsanwo is dead. Newspot gathered that he passed on during a brief illness related to old age. He was 80.

He was a celebrated journalist, columnist that wrote many articles with much clarity backed with facts and figures.

He shot into lime light and roundly celebrated when he was the Editor of Sunday Times. His Sunday Tribune was adjudged by the then Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC) in 1985 as the largest selling newspaper followed by the Sunday Tribune edited by Folu Olamiti.

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Tributes keep pouring in shortly after the news of his death hit the airwaves.

Those who first wrote included – former Governor of Ogun State, Chief Olusegun Osoba, ex-Minister, Chief Ebenezer Babatope, and the former Managing Director of The Guardian, Mr Lade Bonuola.

Chief Osoba told NewsmakersNG in a telephone conversation: “It’s most unfortunate. He was a dynamic and go-getter journalist; one of the greatest writers of his time. May his soul rest in perfect peace.”

In his reaction, Chief Babatope said “I’m shocked. He was a true friend of mine. It’s a bad day for me. I’ve been down since I heard about the death of Gbolabo. It’s terrible. May his soul rest in peace.

“He made a tremendous contribution to the progress and development of Nigeria. Gbolabo was a true Nigerian. He loved his country. He wrote very well. He had a beautiful column, in the Sunday Times of old, called ‘Life with Gbolabo Ogunsanwo’. It was a very beautiful column he was writing at that time. Nobody can fault everything that Gbolabo Ogunsanwo did to aid the progress and development of Nigeria. We are all going to die; we are all getting old, but we should pray for the repose of the soul of Gbolabo Ogunsanwo. We pray that God should bless his soul and bless his memories.”

Ladbone said, “The departure of my editor, my colleague and friend came to me as a rude shock. I was to learn later today that unknown to me he had been incapacitated by ill-health for a while. I did not know because he had been out of the radar for a while. The last time we met, he said he was shuttling between South Africa and Nigeria on pastoral assignments.

“Gbolabo was good. He loved journalism with passion; with all his heart and it showed that he put his heart into the business, into his assignment. He was a great editor and was in his elements writing his column, Life with Gbolabo. He read everything in print that came his way. He was informed, daring and impressionistic, weaving words and sentences to paint pictures and drive home his points which often did with severity, sometimes humour.

“He had no place for cant and humbug. His was a compelling read every Sunday. He thus became a celebrated columnist with a huge following. He sold the highest number of copies of any Sunday newspaper in the annals of the newspaper industry in Nigeria. He was missed on the beat for so long, and now permanently. May he receive help on his path of further experiencing in the Beyond–in this Creation of the Lord.”

Uthman Shodipe-Dosumu, a former editor at the Daily Times also reacted to the passage of the renowned satirist: “I write with hesitation, with a stricken heart, with a sore that may never heal, with a void that will never be occupied. Journalism has lost a great man. I have lost a guide, a mentor and an unfailing shepherd. Pastor Gbolabo Ogunsanwo, a giant in all significations has passed on. I must rest here…”

The Chief Executive Officer and Publisher of the newspot online newspaper Sir Folu O/ has this to say: ” Mr Gbolabo Ogunsanwo was a juggernaut in journalism.  He emerged as one of the powerful  columnists of our times. He wrote on things that could bring desired  changes to the society.  He will be sorely missed.  May his soul continue to find eternal rest in Jesus name ”

Additional report from newsmaker live

 

Leading lights in Nigeria journalism and politics – former Governor of Ogun State, Chief Olusegun Osoba, ex-Minister, Chief Ebenezer Babatope, and the former Managing Director of The Guardian, Mr Lade Bonuola (Ladbone), have paid tributes today as the Sun sets on the life and golden career of one of the nation’s Media Icons of the Old School, Gbolabo Ogunsanwo.

NewsmakersNG reports that the illustrious columnist and editor who died at 80, made history for selling the highest number of copies of any Sunday newspaper in the annals of the newspaper industry in Nigeria.

Chief Osoba told NewsmakersNG in a telephone conversation: “It’s most unfortunate. He was a dynamic and go-getter journalist; one of the greatest writers of his time. May his soul rest in perfect peace.”

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