After eleven years in the classroom and over 20 years behind the microphone (and on the news field
), it’s time once again to say, THANK YOU, GOD.

 

Please, join us to glorify Him as we review some of the MILESTONES.
English Language teacher @ Western Boys’ High School Benin City (1992)
Bride Price (Lobola) Day (Ubiaja, 1995)

 

Traditional Wedding (Ubiaja, 1995)
Transiting at Vienna International Airport, Austria from Heathrow London to Ankara, Turkey as part of President Obasanjo’s entourage on State Visit (2000
Top: Recording proceedings of Federal Executive Council meeting at the Council Chambers with the shoulder-breaking Nagra, thankfully retired by new technology. Bottom: With Secretary Dan Ede in a welfare chat with FCT Minister at the Council Chambers (2000)
Rare privilege: Interviewing frontline nationalist, the youngest Nigerian editor ever of a national newspaper (Editor of the Southern Nigeria Defender at age 21), my TOWNSMAN after whom I was named, Chief Anthony Eromosele Enahoro, at the Presidential Villa Abuja. (2000)
With colleagues; interviewing former heads of state, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (IBB) and General Abdulsalami Abubakar at IBB’s Minna Hilltop Mansion.
With Rotimi Ajayi; interviewing former military administrator of the defunct Midwest state, the late Dr Samuel Ogbemudia
With colleagues during a state visit to Edo state. From left, Rotimi Ajayi (Vanguard), Josiah Emerole (Post Express), Yemi Giwa (Tribune), Deputy Governor Mike Oghiadomhe, Stella (Graphic), Self, Dan Aigbavoa (Chief Press Secretary to Deputy Governor)
Inauguration as Chairman State House Press Corps (SHPC), Presidential Villa Abuja (June 2000) Event chaired by Vice President Atiku Abubakar. In group photo: From left, Henry Chukwuedo, Treasurer; Dan Ede, Secretary General; Self; VP; Alhaji Sadiq Abubakar, Vice Chairman; Adeshida Yomi, Asst. Sec. Gen,; Works & Housing Minister, Chief Anthony Akhakon Anenih; and Aviation Minister, Dr Kema Chikwe.
Chairman NUJ (Abuja), Mr. Amos Dunia administering the inauguration oath
Chairman of the Newspapers Proprietors Association of Nigeria Alhaji Isa Funtua in a chat with VP Atiku Abubakar. Alhaji Funtua later donated 3 million naira to the IT Training Fund launched on the day in line with my campaign promise. Privileged and honoured to have led the effort that resulted in some members of the elite State House Press Corps owning their first ever personal computers within a few months of my tenure
Congratulatory handshakes. From top: VP Atiku Abubakar, my boss, DG Voice of Nigeria, Aremo Taiwo Allimi, and Governor of Ogun State, Chief Segun Osoba
Post-inauguration dinner at Chelsea Hotel Abuja, courtesy kinsman and senior minister, Chief Tony Anenih
With colleagues, receiving IT tutorials from an IBM facilitator at the American Embassy
Group photo with the facilitator after the IT training

Leading President Olusegun Obasanjo to dinner with State House Correspondents at the Presidential Villa Abuja

Top: SHPC members in post-dinner photo with the president. Below: Prayers before dinner

 

Before and after Presidential Media Chat. Also in photo: Co-panelist and senior colleague, Azu Ishiekwene of the Punch Newspapers (2000)
Preparing the stage for US Civil Rights leader, Rev. Jesse Jackson’s press conference after his visit to President Obasanjo
Presenting greeting card to Information Minister Professor Jerry Gana on behalf of the SHPC on the occasion of his birthday (2001)
Courtesy visit to the president by Agbani Darego (MFR), the first native African to be crowned Miss World (2001)
Farewell Party by the SHPC and SSA Media & Publicity following my posting to South Africa.(Jan. 2002). Also in group photo: My younger brother John Ekata and his wife (far right) and below: Vice Chairman Alhaji Sadiq Abubakar, and my Minister of Home Affairs, Mrs Omon Ekata
Receiving a farewell gift from the late Mr. Tunji Oseni (RIP), Senior Special Assistant (Media & Publicity) to President Obasanjo. Forever grateful to my colleagues and staff of the SSA’s office for the remarkable support given to me during my tenure
With Namibian women in national attire and colleagues Yinka Amosun (Radio Nigeria) and Adewuyi (NTA) during President Obasanjo’s State Visit to Namibia. (May 2002)
When the OAU metamorphosed into the AU at the International Conference Centre Durban, South Africa in July 2002. In photos: Mr. Musa Aduwak, Director of Information at the SSA’s office, Yemi Giwa (Tribune),Stella Ozzy Arah, Head of Information Nigerian Consulate Johannesburg,Information Minister Prof. Jerry Gana, Sola Atere (NTA), Yinka Amosun (Radio Nigeria), Lucky Nwankwere (Post Express?), Khadijah Mashegu (VON), Wale Ojetimi, Bureau Chief NAN Johannesburg
In Maseru, at the office of the Prime Minister of Lesotho, during the presentation of letters of credence by Ambassador Marwa

 

 

With Bureau Chief NAN Johannesburg, Okunzuwa Osasumwen Kevin, during the SADC extra-ordinary summit at the Manzini palace of King Mswati III of Swaziland (2008)
Presiding as Programme Director at the 48th and 49th Independence Anniversaries of Nigeria at the High Commission grounds, Pretoria
With Ambassador Buba Marwa: Presiding as Programme Director at reception for Vice President Goodluck Jonathan at the residence of the High Commissioner, Pretoria (2009)
Presiding with the BBC’s Lerato Mbele as Programme Directors at the Nigeria Achievement Awards, Gallagher Convention Centre, Midrand-Johannesburg (2009)
In a chat with former South African president, Mr Thabo Mbeki at his Johannesburg home on the contributions of Nigeria to the dismantling of apartheid
Interviewing Nigeria’s Defence Adviser in South Africa, Commodore Ajani, on the occasion of the Armed Forces and Remembrance Day celebration at the High Commission Pretoria (2010)

 

Piloted and edited an in-house magazine, The Nigerian, as Media Liaison Officer to the High Commissioner (2010)

 

In a chat with former Nigerian Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar at the Sheraton, Pretoria (2010)
On tour of facilities in Bayelsa state with Information Minister Labaran Maku during the National Good Governance Tour (NGGT 2013)
Boat ride to Andoni Island, Ogoniland
At Andoni Beach
Sending a quick story at the Bayelsa Government House

 

Inspecting the Oloibiri oil rig where crude oil was first extracted in Nigeria in 1957
Interviewing Delta state Culture and Tourism Commissioner, Nollywood icon, Richard Mofe-Damijo during the NGGT
Established NewsPlus in 2014

 

On Outside Broadcast duty as Head of the Voice of Nigeria Media Delegation to the Nigerian National Conference, Abuja (April-August 2014)

 

Receiving letter of promotion to Deputy Director News, Voice of Nigeria from the Director News, Mr Ahaziah Suleiman (2015)

 

 

 

 

 

 

On duty: Unravelling the diversification conundrum in the studio with Director /CEO Nigerian Institute of Mining and Geosciences, Dr Umar Bamalli (Abuja, 2015)
On duty: Anchoring a programme on Armed Forces and Remembrance Day (Abuja, 2015)
On duty: As Rapporteur for the Nigeria Election Debate Group during the presidential debate at the International Conference Centre, Abuja (Feb. 2015)

 

Special thanks to my brother and friend, ace photojournalist, Monday Emoni, who literally kept me in the picture all the time at the Presidential Villa.

 ALL GLORY TO GOD ALMIGHTY

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Pastor Olumide Emmanuel, Motivational Speaker, Founder and Overseer Calvary Bible Church
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Session 7 ended with a promise to tackle those “troublesome tiny words in the English

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