Encomium as 70yrs old Veteran Launches Book to help aspiring Journalists
By Uangbaoje Alex, Kaduna
It was a historic moment at the weekend as old friends, colleagues, family members and business partners gathered to celebrate a veteran Journalist, Samuel Olushola Otitolaiye on his 70th birthday and launching of his book “Travails of a roving Journalist”.
Elder Sam, as he is fondly called by the young generation and a member Board of Trustees, Center for Media Advocacy for Mother and Child (CAMAC) marked his platinum age with the launch of the book that chronicles his professional and occupational exposure in his four decades of journalism practice in Nigeria.
In their various remarks, his school mates, contemporaries in the pen profession, friends, family and others who have had encounter with him at some point in life, described him as a thoroughbred journalist who every aspiring and upcoming journalists need to learn from.
According to the book reviewer, Chief Andrew Fadason (Galadima Gbagyi), who himself is author and journalist, noted that Elder Sam, is an example of a patriotic and professional with the good quality every journalist need.
He said his journey into journalism profession was divinely orchestrated by God, which was the reason he became successful in his practice.
According to Fadason, the moral lesson drawn from the book was that at every given step in a man’s life God is in charge as the story of Samuel Otitolaiye, has shown.
He commended the author for his work and the way he simplified it to become very easy for anyone to read, adding that it takes a lot of effort to put a book together.
He urged everyone, especially aspiring and upcoming journalists to ensure they pick up the book and read to get inspiration that will help them prepare for the task ahead of the in their chosen career.
On his part, one of his old time colleague, Alhaji Shuaibu Gimi, who spoke on the situation of journalism in Nigeria, applaud the veteran for writing a book that will help the younger generation to understand the challenges of the profession as they set to go into it.
He noted that the state of health of health of any society is determined by how journalism is practiced in that society.
He said journalism, like every other professions has their own challenges and in Nigeria there are some many factors that affecting the profession.
According to him, religiousity, sectionalism, ethnicity and lots more issues had since found their way into the journalism profession with practitioners representing their interests rather than the Nation’s interest.
Gumi, stated that men like Elder Sam, practiced without any form of bias, a more reason his experience should be emulated by the younger generation.
The author who could not hide his joy, thanked all those who graced his occasion for coming out in their numbers to celebrate him.
Mr. Samuel Olushola Otitolaiye is a media consultant based in Kaduna with several years of professional practice in Journalism. He had his early education at St. Johns College, Jos. Plateau State and his professional training at the NBC Training School, Ikoyi Lagos and the famous Nigerian Institute of Journalism, jNIJ), also in Lagos.
In his years of practice, he held almost all editorial positions while working in both electronic and the print media, some of which include; Reporter, Senior Reporter, Editor, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher. He also pioneered many newspapers, magazines and journals. He was the publisher of Kaduna based weekly Newspaper-SPEAK Weekly from 2002-2006.
The Author mentored many up-coming professionals in his years of practice. His love for Journalism kept him working for many years even after retirement from paid employment.
His moving from one publication to another earned him respect from many of his colleagues, seniors and juniors. In private life, he belongs to many organisations, NGOs and Religious bodies, holding leadership positions everywhere he served.
He is also a member of many professional organisations including the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, League of Northern Independent Publishers, LENIP, Media Professionals Association (Founder) League of Veteran Journalists and that of his alma matter, St John’s College Old Students Association (St. JOSA).
Samuel is a Director of Nigeria Spelling Bee, Centre for Media Advocacy for Mother and Child (CAMAC) and Chief Executive Officer, CEO of Kensot Media Limited, a Publishing and media relations consortium
He is an elder in his church and also a community leader, He was once a Chapter Chairman of Saint John’s College Old Students Association STJOSA Samuel is married and blessed with many children and grand children.