Bayelsa NUJ Mourn Passage Of Veteran Broadcast Journalist, Eselemo

Journalists in Bayelsa State, South-South Nigeria have continued to mourn the death of veteran broadcaster, Mr. Benaebi Eselemo who passed on at the age of 76 years.

National Wire gathered that Eselemo died on the 15th, December, 2023 at the age of 76 years after a prolonged illness.

The late veteran according to sources worked with the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) for 27 years, starting his career in Benin City, Edo State between 1976 and was later redeployed to Bayelsa as Manager between 2003-2009.

Eselemo also worked with the Federal Polytechnic, Ekeowe, Bayelsa state as Public Relations Officer in 2010.

Popularly known as ‘Cycle’ Eselemo won laurels and accolades from his contributions to journalism in Edo, Bayelsa, Niger Delta and Nigeria at large.

He also won the NUJ award as Best Reporter of NTA Benin in 1995, Nigeria Media Merit Award, Benin City,1997, Merit Media Award, Benin City,1999 among others.

The Chairman of the Nigerian Union of Journalists, Bayelsa State Council Comrade Samuel Numonengi and Secretary, Comrade Ogio Ipigansi expressed shock over the demise of Mr Eselemo, describing the loss as a big blow to modern day broadcasting in the state.


Numonengi, in a condolence message jointly issued by himself and Secretary, Bayelsa State Council of the NUJ, Comrade Ogio Ipigansi said the leadership of the state Council and the entire Journalist family in the State received the sad news of the demise of Mr Eselemo whose death occurred on the 15th of December, 2023 with great shock.

The statement reads: “His death is a big blow to us, but even More so to you the immediate family as he departed at a time that the children and other family members, still need his fatherly love and wise counsel”.

“Late Benaebi Eselemo was a Journalist per Excellent who plied his trade with the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA).

“He will be greatly missed by all journalists and any one who came in contact with him.”

“We urge the family to be strong just as we pray that the Almighty God grants the family the strength of character to bear this irredeemable Loss.May his gentle soul find nest in the bosom of the lord”.

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