Azuh Arinze set to present new book celebrating journalism giants

Azuh Arinze, publisher and editor-in-chief of YES INTERNATIONAL! Magazine, has launched a literary tribute to Nigeria’s journalistic icons with his latest book, “Anything And Everything Journalism”. This 448-page opus, according to a statement, pays homage to two towering figures in Nigerian journalism, Dele Giwa and Dimgba Igwe, whose untimely deaths sent shockwaves through the nation.

Dele Giwa, the dynamic founder of Newswatch, met his tragic demise on October 19, 1986, through a parcel bomb. Dimgba Igwe, renowned for his astute journalism and co-founding The Sun newspaper, passed away under controversial circumstances on September 6, 2014. Arinze’s dedication to these luminaries underscores his commitment to preserving their legacy and ensuring their contributions to the profession are never forgotten.

“Anything And Everything Journalism” stands as a compendium of wisdom and insight, described by Arinze as the “Bible” of journalism. Through 37 meticulously crafted interviews with distinguished practitioners across print, broadcast and online media, the book offers a panoramic view of the industry’s evolution and the journeys of its luminaries.

The roster of interviewees reads like a who’s who of Nigerian journalism, featuring stalwarts such as Segun Osoba, Ray Ekpu, Mike Awoyinfa, Dele Momodu and Femi Adesina, among others. Arinze’s painstaking efforts to capture their experiences and perspectives serve as a testament to his reverence for the profession and his desire to inspire the next generation of journalists.

In explaining his motivation for dedicating the book to Giwa and Igwe, Arinze emphasised the enduring importance of honouring the legacies of those who paved the way. He expressed hope that their stories would serve as guiding lights for aspiring journalists, emphasising the rewards of professionalism and integrity in the field.

Renowned journalist and columnist, Dr. Lasisi Olagunju, echoed Arinze’s sentiments, urging students, practitioners and enthusiasts alike to delve into this indispensable resource. With its comprehensive coverage and deep insights, “Anything And Everything Journalism” promises to be an indispensable guide for anyone seeking to understand the inner workings of the profession.

The public unveiling of “Anything And Everything Journalism”, alongside Arinze’s other work, “My Story Of Many Colours”, is scheduled for Monday, March 25, 2024, at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs in Lagos. Dr. Dakuku Peterside, former DG of NIMASA, will preside over the event as chairman, with Chief Uche Nworah, Ph.D., serving as the books’ reviewer.

A distinguished lineup of special guests, including industry titans like Mr. Udeme Ufot, MFR, and Lady Onyeka Onwenu, MFR, is expected to grace the occasion. With Gbenga Adeyinka 1st anchoring the proceedings, the event promises to be a fitting tribute to Azuh Arinze’s illustrious literary career.

“Anything And Everything Journalism” marks the eighth and ninth additions to Arinze’s impressive bibliography, adding to his legacy as a chronicler of success and a custodian of journalistic excellence. As he continues to inspire and educate through his work, Arinze reaffirms his commitment to upholding the highest standards of integrity and professionalism in the field of journalism.

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