WNTV @60: Akeredolu hails Awo’s vision for egalitarian society
Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, on Thursday, October 31, 2019, extolled the virtues of the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, describing him as a man whose vision for society was guided by strong belief in an egalitarian world.
Governor Akeredolu, who saluted the vision of the Premier of the defunct Western Nigeria for establishing the Africa’s first television, Western Nigeria Television (WNTV), said the late Awolowo represented an inter-generational link.
According to the governor, the late sage lived before his time just as he lived ahead of his time.
Akeredolu, represented by his Chief of Staff, Chief Olugbenga Ale, spoke during the grand finale in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the first-in-Afria television organised by the television’s Alumni, held at Intentional Conference Centre, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
The event was organised by the Foundation for Ibadan Television Anniversary Celebrations (FITAC) under the Chairmanship of Ambassador Yemi Farounbi.
The governor recalled that the defunct Western Nigeria Television (WNTV), as it was then called, later became the breeding hub for future lights in the nation’s broadcast industry, adding that South-West is particularly fortunate to have had Chief Obafemi Awolowo.
The WNTV Ibadan was the first television station launched in Nigeria and Africa by Chief Awolowo on October 31, 1959.
Describing the late Chief Awolowo as indeed a man of many parts, the governor added: “The late sage was not just described in various ways by different people. He was in most cases, defined variously by even the same persons. To many, he defied proper and befitting description.”