By Goodluck Ikiebe.
Late Mr. Ben Ndubuisi Egbuna.
The Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE), says it has received with shock the news of the death of Mr. Ben Ndubuisi Egbuna.
Mr. Egbuna, a Fellow of the Guild, died in Lagos on 28th January, 2021 at the age of 71 .
He was the pioneer Executive Director, News, Voice of Nigeria, and a former Director-General of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN).
A statement signed by the President and General Secretary, Mustapha Isah and Mary Atolagbe says that Mr. Egbuna ranked among the most accomplished broadcasters Nigeria ever had.
“He was a thorough-bred professional, who paid great attention to details and had an uncompromising stance in matters of ethics and standards of journalism.”
The statement noted that he was among the staff of the External Service of the then National Broadcasting Corporation, now FRCN, who pioneered what is known today as the Voice of Nigeria, the nation’s external broadcasting station.
“The Guild commiserates with the Federal Government, the government and people of Anambra State, where he hailed from, his family, friends, colleagues in the broadcasting industry for this great loss.
Meanwhile, special tributes have been pouring in to eulogise his life and times as an accomplished broadcast journalist.
Mr Egbuna was described as a mentor, firm, strict and ensured that the highest standards were maintained in the News Directorate of Voice of Nigeria.
Mr Egbuna’s Commentaries were masterclass and struck the heart of the matter with courage, even if tilted towards the government side.
“Oga Ben,” as he was popularly called, is survived by wife, Mrs Betty Egbuna, Children, brothers and Sisters including Mr Peter Egbuna, a retiree from FRCN.