Where are they now? – Blueprint Limited Newspapers



They have served the country at different times and in different capacities before, but since leaving office, not much has been heard from them. ELEOJO IDACHABA wonders where they could be right now.

Ruth Benamasia Opia

Prior to 2000, Ruth Benamaisia ​​Opia was a household name in many homes every night due to her appearance on the Nigeria Television Authority Network News at 9:00 p.m. She was the famous dreadlock wearer whose seductive voice graced the hit as a news anchor for years before her retirement. During her service at the nation’s premier broadcasting institution, NTA, she was the darling of millions of viewers not only because of her voice, but also because of her beauty and the glamor she brought. With a beauty and voice that one can look forward to, she has become attached to the hearts of many Nigerians over the years she has been there. Having started broadcasting in 1977, she was one of the few television personalities to have shaped many young broadcasters during their careers.

Ruth was born in Lagos to a father Bayelsa and a mother Ndokwa from Delta State. Ruth, now in her sixties, is married to Professor Eric Opia, the former boss of the now defunct Petroleum and Mineral Development Areas Commission (OMPADEC) and together they have four children. She started her audiovisual career at Radio Nigeria Enugu before moving on to TV when there were a few TV channels in the country. Fortunately, her beauty, her dexterity and her voice made way for her on screen. One feature that sets her apart from the rest are the infectious smiles this former Bayelsa State Commissioner sports whenever her face appears onscreen.

In an interview she gave once a soft sell on her broadcast career, this former TV personality said: “I started a long time ago by accident, but I’m happy today. I started in 1977 in Enugu and my dad asked me what I wanted to do which I said audiovisual and he introduced me to some people. I did a few auditions and here we are today. I started streaming straight out of high school then I was at the NTA where I can tell this is the place that got me out. My love for broadcasting is endless.

Not so long ago, it was reported that she had returned to airing at Lagos Television (LTV) where analysts believe she would bring her solid background to a station that needed to be repositioned for maximum excellence. On top of that, she is now said to be a born again Christian who gave her life to God in 1992. She, along with former NTA presenters, made a brief comeback in 2016 when the first station celebrated his golden jubilee. At this time, it’s unclear exactly where she might be or what she’s doing.

Yakubu Mohammed

Most modern-day journalists would have taken their inspiration from Yakubu Mohammed, Deputy Managing Director / Founder of Newswatch Publishing Company Limited, a company that paved the way for what has become journalism today. He, along with the late Dele Giwa, Ray Ekpu and Dan Agbese, left their former senior writing areas at the late Concord Group to form Newswatch Magazine at a time when a magazine’s prospect was so meager. in the Nigerian media market space. They were successful though, as it paved the way for other magazines and different publications in the country today.

Following the magazine’s incredible sale due to the debts he had, Mohammed joined the race for governor of Kogi state in the 2015 elections, but lost in his attempt to achieve ambition on the platform. -form of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). It was understood that he moved on to the All Progressives Congress (APC) where his influence was also not felt. As editor-in-chief, he was invited in 2018 by the Editors Guild, after a long hiatus, to present an article at its annual conference in Asaba, the capital of Delta State, on “The Role of editors to ensure credible elections in Nigeria. ‘ In the newspaper, he said citizens look to the media to understand the platforms of political parties and the characteristics of different candidates.

“An editor must be credible enough in his or her job to ensure that he or she achieves the success of the mandate of upholding government accountable to the people. He must not allow personal interest to exceed the limits of his professional obligations. The editor must ensure balance in election reporting by combating biased reporting.

“All in all, I think an editor must learn to remain credible and not be partisan in their professional conduct,” he said. For someone who was one of the body of people who set the tone for modern journalism, many wonder where it is right now.

Hakeem Bello-Osagie

Until recently, he was chairman of telecommunications giant Etisalat Nigeria, now 9Mobile, before retiring following the company’s downfall. Keem, as his business colleagues call him, was once chairman of the United Bank for Africa (UBA) before the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) forced him to resign over certain infractions, even though he was subsequently absolved of any wrongdoing. .

Bello-Osagie rose to prominence in the late 1980s, when he was appointed special assistant to Dr Rilwanu Lukman, the former oil and energy minister to former President Ibrahim Babangida. This Edo State-born board guru can be described as a lucky man due to the burgeoning career he has had in both government circles and the private sector. When he left Etisalat years ago, many thought he was a sad man until a public event later, when it was clear he was still bubbling with enough corporate energy.

According to a popular media outlet, “since he stepped down as president of Etisalat Nigeria, all it took for many to know that Hakeem Bello-Osagie, a former president of United Bank for Africa did not heartache was the wedding of his beautiful daughter, Adesuwa, recently. Until that momentous day, many mistakenly believed that the intelligent boardroom guru might not be inspired to engage in a boisterous celebration after losing his post as chairman of Etisalat Nigeria, now renamed 9Mobile. .

Bello-Osagie is however a Nigerian who has been silent lately even though he is not one of those whose age can be said to be no longer on their side.



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