Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has expressed his condolence on the death of a celebrated journalist and newspaperman, Mr. Dimgba Igwe.
He described the death of Igwe, 58, in an auto accident as “sad and devastating”.
Fayemi in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olayinka Oyebode, said losing a media icon with a deep understanding of public affairs like Igwe at this time in Nigeria’s history is devastating.
He said Igwe was one of the pioneers of human angle genre in the print media which brought some freshness and excitement to newspaper business and the journalism profession in the country.
The Governor stated that Igwe served the journalism profession with zeal, candour and integrity, adding that Igwe’s place in journalism is firmly secured as he gave much to the job as an editor, columnist, manager and administrator.
Fayemi recalled Igwe’s trailblazing roles at the defunct Weekend Concord and The Sun titles which recorded unprecedented success in the print media.
He added that Igwe’s column in The Sun was a must read for Nigerians who looked forward to his incisive analyses on burning issues. Igwe, according to the Governor, used his pen to speak truth to power and assisted in reforming the society.
Recalling his last encounter with the late Igwe, together with his partner, Mr Mike Awoyinfa, in Ado-Ekiti earlier in the year, Fayemi said it is painful realising that the celebrated writer with fecund imagination is no more.
“We will surely miss his frank and deep analyses of issues. On behalf of myself and the good people of Ekiti State we commiserate with members of Igwe’s immediate and extended family, the management of The Sun Newspapers, the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) and the Nigerian Guild of Editors(NGE) and pray that God grants the family and associates of the deceased the fortitude to bear the great loss,” Fayemi said.