The General Manager of the Nation’s Model Station, Ogun State Broadcasting Corporation (OGBC), Mr. Diji Akinhanmi is dead.
Mr. Akinhanmi passed on Thursday morning after recovering from a minor surgical operation performed on him at the General Hospital, Ijaiye-Abeokuta in Ogun State.
He was said to have been hospitalized since Monday but on Thursday morning chose to monitor the 6:00 am major news of his station, took his birth and went back to bed before he was noted dead.
Mr. Akinhanmi started his Journalism career at the OGBC before he was transferred to the Television arm, Ogun State Television (OGTV). He was brought back to OGBC as acting General Manager by the Ibikunle Amosun Government in February 2018 to succeed Mr. Busayo Olaifa who retired that month. Mr. Akinhanmi was confirmed as GM by Governor Amosun few months before the expiration of his term.
MR. Akinhanmi who has a deep baritone voice (a delight of Broadcast Presenter Coordinators) was never a News Caster but a keen sports follower who will deny he is a Sports Journalist. He took over the Sports programmes of OGBC from Mr. Yomi Kassim now Rev. Eniola Olatunji in 1981.
Mr. Akinhanmi was said to have received his counterpart, the General Manager of OGTV, Mr. Kehinde who paid him “A get well visit” on Wednesday evening discussing how to move broadcasting forward in Ogun State.
He is survived by his wife, a PHD holder in food Nutrition at the Hospital where he passed on and his children.
His predecessor in the office, Mr. Busayo Olaifa said he is “still in difficulty to comprehend the passing away of a rare gentleman. He said we have not recovered from burying a junior associate, Mr. Kolade Lanrewaju formerly of Punch Newspapers and now this.
Veteran Journalist, Prince Gbuyi Adesanya, a close associate of Diji spoke with heaviness on the phone and said “I have lost a junior friend, am mourning now and cannot talk”.
A veteran Boxing Referee and Nollywood Vice President (Southwest zone), Alhaji Rasak Baroka Oyadiran who was his roommate at the University lamented that the Nigerian Broadcast family has lost a good hand.
– ENIOLA OLATUNJI.