By Bonaventure Melah
Celebrated Nigerian journalist and author, Chief Uche Ezechukwu is dead. He died yesterday, Friday, February 26, 2020 in Abuja.
Before his death, Uche had barely three weeks ago, given a hint of the fate that would befall him.
Exactly on February 2, 2021, the prolific writer had taken to his Facebook account to post the following:
“The Trumpet is sounding so loudly and so frequently. And our comrades are heeding the call. In that Gana street office alone, Sam Nda Isaiah, Tony Momoh, etc. When will it be my turn? Only God knows. None can evade or avoid its call. Oh God, keep us ready at all times.”
Uche Ezechukwu, the author of OJUKWU, THE REBEL I SERVED and other books, was a master of words as While alive, Uche Ezechukwu spoke and wrote in English, French and German as well as Ibo, Hausa and Youuba, among other indigenous languages in Nigeria.
One of Africa’s most sourced and connected journalists, Ezechukwu served the late Biafran leader, Emeka Odumegwu Ojukwu as media assistant and speech writer.
A famous columnist, he was in active media practice for over 35 years and authored more than 1,000 articles and many books on Nigeria’s contemporary socio-political issues including “Abacha: The Myth, the Man;” “In God’s Hand” and “Land of the Risen Sun,” among others.
A journalist’s journalist, he was the best of the best in his chosen career and rose to the highest pinnacle of the profession, in the process, mentoring thousands of young and aspiring journalists, authors and people in other professionals.
A public relations guru, Ezechukwu was the Managing Director/CEO of Scroll Media Limited from 2001 till date. He was a founding top management staff of Leadership Newspaper where he served as Managing Editor, among other positions and later founded the New Sentinel Newspaper as its Managing Director/Editor-In-Chief. He was until his death, the Chairman, Editorial Board of the Authority Newspaper and Managing/Editorial Consultant to many prominent newspapers and other media platforms.
The late Chief Uche Ezechukwu is survived by his Wife Amaka and children
His death is a big loss to the management and staff of African Community News and our other sister publications.
May his gentle soul rest in perfect peace