By Anthony Isibor
THE Nigerian Guild of Editors, NGE, has instituted a new annual memorial lecture, ‘The Lateef Jakande Annual Memorial Lecture’. The lecture is named after one of the country’s foremost journalist and former governor of Lagos state.
The maiden edition slated for August 7, 2023 in Lagos with the theme “Lateef Jakande: The Man, His Journalism, His Politics”.
Following the institution of the annual lecture, the leadership of the Guild paid a courtesy visit to his wife, Abimbola Jakande, to invite her as guest.
The Guild noted that the new lecture is part of honoring its late pioneer president, help nurture a culture of appreciation and interrogate developments affecting the media and society.
According to the letter inviting Abimbola Jakande and signed by Iyobosa Uwugiaren, General Secretary of the Guild, the theme is both a testament to the cherished service rendered by Jakande and an acknowledgement of the importance of having such a dialogue for the overall good of our media and our country, Nigeria.
The NGE’s founding president was Lateef Jakande (1929-2021). He had rallied his colleagues to form the body that was conceived to occupy the strategic middle ground of editorial managers between media owners and the general workforce of journalists.
Sixty-two years after, the NGE remains a respected professional body in the media, credible force among professional associations, and a leader in civil society. Lateef Jakande’s name remains treasured whenever committed service is mentioned in the media and public service.
Part of the letter read:
We wish to specially invite you as Guest to the maiden edition of the Lateef Jakande Annual Memorial Lecture slated for August 7, 2023 at Sheraton Hotel & Towers, Maryland, Ikeja, Lagos, at 10am.
Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) was born on May 20, 1961- to serve as an elite club of editors through which editors as professional heads of their publications, could advance their professional interests by networking to discuss common challenges and developing relationships with their various audiences in the media itself, governments, professional and trade associations.
Originally named as the Guild of Newspaper Editors of Nigeria, it was later renamed Nigerian Guild of Editors to accommodate colleagues in the broadcast media.
Consequently, as part of nurturing a culture of appreciation, the NGE is instituting an Annual Lecture in honour of its late pioneer president, Alhaji Jakande, which will interrogate developments affecting the media and society.
With the theme “Lateef Jakande: The Man, His Journalism, His Politics”, it is both a testament to the cherished service rendered by Alhaji Jakande and an acknowledgement of the importance of having such a dialogue for the overall good of our media and our country, Nigeria
While thanking you for your cooperation, kindly accept assurance of our highest esteem
– Aug. 01, 2023 @ 10:26 GMT |Tags: Abimbola Jakande Alhaji Jakande NGE Nigerian Guild of Editors