Wada Abdullahi Maida, journalist and former managing director of News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, 65, March 5. Born in Katsina, he studied at Government College, Katsina, 1964-1968; Nigerian Institute of Journalism, NIJ, 1971; Indiana Institute of Mass Communication, 1972-1975; Aberdeen College of Commerce, UK, 1975-1977. He was appointed information officer, Kaduna State, 1971-1978; zonal editor, 1978-1981; foreign correspondent, NAN, in-charge of Western Europe, London, 1981-1983; chief press secretary to Muhammadu Buhari, former head of state, 1984-1985; editor-in-chief, NAN, 1985-1994, and later promoted managing director, 1994. Maida, now chairman, People’s Daily newspapers, belongs to several organisations, including the Nigerian Guild of Editors, NGE, Vision 2010, Foreign Press Association, London, and Amnesty International. He was one the distinguished Nigerians conferred with a fellowship award in December 2011 by the NIJ, Lagos.
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