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The Freelance Independent Association of Nigeria on Monday organised a memorial lecture in remembrance of the late Gbenga Adeboye and Toba Opaleye as part of activities line up for the 2022 FIBAN week.
The Ogun State FIBAN chairman, Olufemi Omilani in his welcome address at the event held in Abeokuta, Ogun State capital said it became imperative to honour the late broadcast giants because of their impacts in the media industry.
Omilani noted that many freelance broadcasters benefited from the tutelage and wealth of experience of the late media giants.
He stressed that the memorial lecture is a way to let the world know how resourceful and impactful the late broadcasters were during their lifetime.
He said, “we all benefitted from their tutulage and wealth of experience. That is why they will forever be remembered
“Their impacts while on earth can never be forgotten and they are the reasons why we still remain in the profession.”
The Chairman of the memorial lecture, Yemi Shonde said late Gbenga Adeboye, Toba Opaleye and Kola Olawuyi were the three pillars of Yoruba broadcasting in Nigeria.
Shonde, who is also the CEO of YES FM noted that many broadcasters in Nigeria are disciples of the later broadcasters.
The former FIBAN president however noted that the impact the late media gurus had made cannot be overemphasized.
He added, “Anytime any day the name Toba Opeleye is mention, I will say Yes.
“Off course, any one that is a broadcaster particularly a Yoruba content producer would say Yes. The truth is that we were their products, and we are working through their paths.
“It is either you are Gbenga Adeboye or Toba Opaleye or Kola Olawuyi disciples. If you look at these three pillars, they are the progenitors and pathfinder of broadcasting in Nigeria.
“The path I have chosen is the Toba Opaleye’s path. It is important to remember them and honour them.”
Shonde also commended the FIBAN leadership in Ogun state for setting a day to honour the late broadcasters.
He further said, “I want to give kudos to Ogun state FIBAN for doing this. For they still maintaining it till now means they are still revered.
“What is special about them is grace. What we are celebrating today is the grace of God in their lives. During their lifetime, they enjoyed a a lot of grace of God.
“They also made impact in lives on a lot of people. I am a witness to this. We should learn from that. And even if it is 1hr or 30 min, we should learn to make impact in their lives of younger ones coming.”
In his lecture, a gubernatorial aspirant, Segun Sowunmi urged the media to go beyond surface reporting.
Sowunmi, an aspirant under People’s Democratic Party noted that media should be hold responsible for the current situation the country is going through.
The PDP governorship aspirant stressed that media need to raise the bar in their reporting and assessment of candidates for different elective positions.
He noted, “Media must be bold responsible for the bad leaders that we have.
“It is media duty to raise the bar very high. I want to appeal to media to make politics about the issues. Ask them the why and don’t forget to ask them about the how.”
Sowunmi also advised the broadcasters to engage in learning and relearning so as to help improve their skills.
He added,”You must always consume trainings. You are not too big to learn. No one is too big to be trained. If you are lucky to have an institution that is ready to train you, you must take advantage of it.
“Don’t feel too arrogant for training because if you don’t train, you will lack creativity and innovation.
Also present at the memorial lecture were the FIBAN national president, Desmond Nwachukwu; FIBAN 2nd National Vice president, Helen Njoku; Director of NBC, MRS Bosede Williams; Yeyeluwa Ibiyemi Ajadi; Alh. Gbenga Oladunni IMALIAN BOY, and Elder Goke Babalola.
Others were Akinyemi Olatoye Alawiye, Bebe Musliu, Mr. Dimeji Kayode Adedeji, Olumide Awolowo, Aderoju Adejare Osila, among others.
The organising committee for the FIBAN week was headed by Prince Ayobami Adelani popularly known as Obapedepede