Ex Daily Times MD Killed

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Former Managing Director of the Daily Times Nigeria Plc, Dr Onukaba Adinoyi Ojo is dead. Onukaba 57, died at about 6 pm on Sunday at a village near Akure, Ondo State capital.

Dr Onukaba was on his way back to Abuja from Abeokuta, Ogun State, where he had joined other dignitaries to attend the inauguration of Obasanjo Presidential Library.

According to news reports, late veteran journalist turned politician was knocked down by an oncoming vehicle while running into a nearby bush to escape an armed robbery attack. A relative who was with him when the incident occurred told newsmen that three of them, including his driver, were travelling when they ran into a blockade mounted by armed robbers.

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The late Onukaba who was Senior Special Assistant on media to former Vice President Atiku Abubakar had earlier lost his first wife, Rachael about five years ago. He, however, remarried in 2015 to Memunat Onukaba. He is survived by three children, two girls and a boy.

Late Onukaba started his journalism career in The Guardian in 1983 and made his mark covering the airport in Lagos. Onukaba struck friendship with many Nigerian dignitaries on this beat, including the former head of state, Olusegun Obasanjo. The relationship with the latter blossomed into Onukaba writing Obasanjo’s first biography, titled ‘In The Eyes of Time’.

He also wrote the biography of Atiku Abubakar, Nigeria’s former vice-president, titled The Story of Atiku Abubakar.

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Late Onukaba was born on March 9, 1960 in Oboroke-Ihima, Okehi LGA of Kogi State to the family of Malam Shuaibu Onukaba and Hajia Aisha Onukaba.

He obtained his first degree in 1982 in Theatre Arts from University of Ibadan, spent his National Youth Service Corps year at Radio Nigeria, Ikoyi –Lagos, from where he joined The Guardian in 1983.

He rose to the position of News Editor in The Guardian before travelling out in 1989 for graduate studies at New York University, New York, USA. While in New York, he worked as a Research Officer at the African Leadership Forum, New York. He also served as the Information officer, Division of Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, United Nations Operation in Somalia (UNOSOM) between 1994 and 1995.

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He obtained his Doctor of Philosophy degree in 1996 from New York University. Dr. Onukaba became Adjunct Professor of Mass Communication at the School of New Resources. College of New Rochelle, New York in 1997. Between 1997 and 1998, he worked as Press Officer, Department of Public Information, United Nations (New York).

In June 1998, he was sent to Iraq as an Information Officer, United Nations Office of the Humanitarian Coordinator. Upon his return to Nigeria in 1999, he worked with former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, as Special Assistant on Media Relations. He had known and related closely with both Atiku and Olusegun Obasanjo since 1984. Onukaba got to the peak of his journalistic career in August 1999 when he was appointed Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the then ailing Daily Times of Nigeria PLC. Onukaba returned to the presidency as Senior Special Assistant to the former Vice-president Atiku Abubakar on Public Communications between July 2003 and April 2005.

On several occasions, Onukaba had shown interest in the governorship post of his state. But not being a man with deep pockets, he never made it beyond the primaries. His last attempt was in 2015, when he contested for the seat. He also lost at the primary level, on the platform of the All Progressives Congress.

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Apart from his books on Atiku Abubakar and Olusegun Obasanjo, he also co-authored Born to Run”,  a biography of Late Dele Giwa,  with Pulitzer winner Dele Olojede.

Onukaba despite his journalistic career never divorced himself from his first love, Theatre Arts. Thus, he had written several plays, some which are  Her Majesty’s Visit, A Resting Place, Tower of Burden, The Virginity Flee, The Lone Ranger, Bargain Hunting, and Soommalliyya.

His play, “The Killing Swamp” was one of the three finalists for the 2010 NLNG Literature Awards.

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Source: Vanguard

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