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Covid-19 Takes Shine Off Julie Coker’s 80th Birthday Celebration 

By Megito Audu
Foremost Broadcaster, Julie Coker will join the octogenarian club come 25th July. But for the raging
world-wide pandemic, Coronavirus, the veteran journalist, The Gazelle News.com learnt, would have arrived Lagos from her United Kingdom base for the celebration of the milestone.
However, the birthday girl will celebrate modestly in her UK home. According to her, the first 25 of her invited guests to arrive will assemble in front of the Arsenal FC Stadium, London, and be admitted for a race round the tracks (in track suits) – 4 runners at a time, with gaps of 3 metres apart.
Julie Coker
Guests who are over 85 years old, will sit on the bench and watch. All these will start from 11.00am to 2.00pm on Saturday, 25th July, for the strong. Refreshments will be served, after the breasting of the tape.
“For the meek and humble of heart”, JC as she is fondly called said, “5.00pm to 7.00pm is their own slot.”
 The ever-graceful retired Head of Presentation of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA NETWORK CENTRE), who broke into public limelight as Western Nigeria’s Miss Independence in 1960, and was for long, one of the beautiful faces and rich voices  at Africa’s 1st Television, the now-defunct WESTERN NIGERIA TELEVISION SERVICE (WNTV, IBADAN 1959).
 Coker became one of the earliest well known television broadcasters in Nigeria. Apart from television, she released three albums under E.M.I. Music Nigeria and was an actress in the film, Dinner with the Devil.

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