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Comrade Alexander Ogbu, a journalist and labour activist, was also the quintessential and deep writer. One of the best we, in the NIHA, have ever come across.
Until his death, Ogbu was the National Administrative Secretary of National Automobile Technician Association (NATA) in Abuja.
As a professional journalist, he was the pioneer Editor of the African Herald Express, where he held sway from 2009 to 2012.
He also worked with Business Day Newspaper briefly, as well as the National Encomium Newspaper.
His journalism experience, which was done with panache and dogged professionalism, made him one of the bright lights of Regents African, an online medium, Atlantic Post, Informavores and many others with critical articles on burning national and international issues.
Ogbu’s prowess in media operations is not limited to news print only, he featured on TV and radio programs to contribute immensely on imperative matters of national importance.
Comrade Alex, as he was fondly called by colleagues, friends and admirers, possessed such a great wealth of knowledge in the media industry that prompted him to establish Onwaters Media Consult, which offered practical and professional services for individuals, groups and companies in need of media consultancy.
This afforded him the opportunities to serve as Associate Managing Editor with the following Magazine:
Job Digest, Commerce Magazine, The Commune, and many others.
His passion for the alleviation of the plight of the working class and subsequent labour activist’s role, lured him to join the Socialist Workers and Youth League (SWL) where he served fulltime as Organizing Secretary for two years after which he returned from Lagos in late 2008.
Comrade Alex was a man of many parts and uncommon energy. His activism knew no bounds as he tasked himself with the founding of Generation for Change Africa Innitiative (GFCAl) in the year 2015 along side his lovely wife and close associates.
Ogbu’s in-depth knowledge in the social reconstruction of the working class made him to write a classic book entitled: “ln The Struggle” in 2014.
The book exposes his reader to the admiration of what cogent struggles means to every living being.
As the year 2019 was closing, Comrade Alex was part of a like-minded group of individuals who worked as the Editorial Team of Nigeria Humanitarian Action Journal. He served as the Secretary of NIHA Journal Council.
His wealth of experience and skills in the field of journalism and research combined to chart a worthy path for the council. His noble contributions and galvanizing acumen saw to the successful completion of the task before the council in its determination to birth the maiden Journal.
As a journalist, Ogbu was very versatile such that his intelligent and excellent contributions were sources of pride then and even now in remembrance.
This unbeatable record together with the enormous support of other distinguished members gave the solid impetus that prepared the international Journal for presentation to the public.
Also before his death, Ogbu and some of his close associates were about going to the press with a new magazine, “TechNovation” before his untimely death.
Alex is survived by his wife, daughter and family.
We your friends and family celebrate a life of service and commitment to the growth of Nigeria and its people.
- Prince Abdulrahman Obaje is a Media and ICT Consultant, Journalist, online marketer, social media strategist, Mathematician and Computer Scientist based in Abuja, Nigeria. He is the Founder and the Publisher of The Informavores!. You can reach me on +234 908 6937 780 or send i-witness report directly to me on email@example.com.
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