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The Freelance Independent Broadcaster Association of Nigeria, on Friday celebrated its National Day in memory of its fallen heroes.
Platform Times reports that the celebration took place at Ogun FIBAN Secretariat in Abeokuta.
The FIBAN Chairman in Ogun State, Comrade Olufemi Samuel Omilani said the celebration is to immortalize the fallen heroes.
The fallen heroes amongst others were; Gbenga Adeboye (Fun won tan), Late Alhaji Adio Awikonko, Sunday Alakinde, Atobatele Opaleye, Late Dr Adebisi Prosper and so many others.
In his speech, Omilani said, “We are here to celebrate these fallen heroes; to pay our tribute to them.
“Although they are not here but their spirits are in us”.
Going through the history of how the association was formed, he narrated that Gbenga Adeboye founded the association alongside others including Atobatele Opaleye.
“FIBAN started in Ogun to become National.
Omilani added, “By forming the association, they’ve helped people.
“For instance, one of the pioneer, Adio Awikonko was known as ‘fighter for the masses”.
Omilani also noted, “we have made 30th of April to immortalize them.
“As the pioneer of the profession, we also usually eulogize and talk about them on our various radio programs.
“Also, we did a documentary of Gbenga Adeboye and Toba Opaleye.”
When asked on plan to elevate the association, he said, “at the National level, FIBAN have college of broadcasting to groom broadcasters.”
Meanwhile, the FIBAN National President, Desmond Nwachukwu, represented by the National Vice President, Comrade Mrs Helen Okon, urged members to live in unity, love and to understand the plight of other.
She further stressed that members should emulate Gbenga Adeboye and others who pioneered the system.