The family on Wednesday announced the burial arrangement of the late international journalist and communications expert, Mr Samuel Ajibola, who died in Abuja on Saturday, July 4, 2020, after a brief illness.
According to a statesmen by the family, there will be a Christian wake and lying in state on Thursday, July 16 at his country home in Egbe, Kogi.
Interment will take place after a requiem at the same venue on Friday, July 17.
The family has also made arrangement for zoom attendance and participation of the burial events.
Born on Nov. 22, 1952, Ajibola attended .St Mary’s.Secondary School at Fadan Kaje, Zonkwa, Kaduna State.
He studied Mass Communcation at the University of Nigeria (UNN), where he bagged a bachelor’s degree.
He later bagged a master’s degree from Western Pacific University, Los Angeles, United States
A widely travelled journalist, Ajibola served in various capacities, including as Information Officer at the United Nations (based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia).
He was also Publication Officer, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
He also served as the West African correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria based in Abidjan, and later worked at the Pan African News Agency (PANA), based in Dakar, Senegal.
He retired from the WHO in 2014 and, until his death, was an independent Communications Consultant.
He is survived by his wife, Victoria and four children.
Also commenting on the death, a NAN staff, Lawal Sale, said he was profoundly saddened.
Sale, a friend of Ajibola, said the deceased was always ready to provide advice and perspective on any issue.
”On a personal level, I will miss him terribly, his tremendous sense of humour, warmth and intelligence”, he said.
Edited By: Sadiya Hamza (NAN)
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