Akinbiyi for burial in Lagos Tuesday

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The family of late Prince Edward Akinbiyi has said the foremost journalist will be buried on Tuesday, February 23.

In a statement by Dr Olaoluwa Akinbiyi, the family said the funeral for the late prince would take place on Grailland, Iju Hills, Lagos, at 4pm, with attendees expected to arrive at 2.30pm.

Late Edward Akinbiyi, grandfather and great-grandfather, died in Lagos on Tuesday, February 9, 2021, aged 87.

According to the statement, he was born in Ibadan, capital of the then Western Nigeria, on August 29, 1933, to Chief Odetayo Akinbiyi, (who later became the 36th Olubadan) and Comfort Olajumoke Akinbiyi.

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The statement said late Edward Akinbiyi left behind Mama Olufemi Akinbiyi, his wife of 55 years, adding that the union produced several children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

“Pa Akinbiyi was a foremost journalist. He achieved landmarks in the profession. He was pioneer news staff member of the iconic Western Nigeria Television in Ibadan, the first TV in Africa.

“Later, following the political crisis in the Western Nigeria, Akinbiyi transferred his services to Lagos, where again he pioneered the take-off of the news wing of the federal-owned Nigerian Television Service at Victoria Island, Lagos.

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“Akinbiyi was also on hand to be among the founders of the Nigerian Television Authority Network News, NTA News. He was its pioneer News Editor,” the statement reads partly.

It added that in the early 80s, Akinbiyi left the NTA to help Lagos State Governor Lateef Kayode Jakande establish Lagos Television, LTV 8, the state-owned TV station.

“Pa Akinbiyi was later elevated as Permanent Secretary in the Lagos State civil service, after serving as the General Manager of Radio Lagos and its Television arm.

“Retiring, Jide Akinbiyi worked with Yinka Folawiyo Group as its information and public affairs general manager. He was there for nine years.

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“Later, Pa Akinbiyi became involved in the struggle to secure good governance for Nigeria. It led him into membership of NADECO, Afenifere and Alliance for Democracy.

“He was active in their programmes till his death,” the statement added,” it added.

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