The Ondo State government and the Nigeria Union of Journalists mourn Shola Ilesanmi, a brilliant journalist with BBC news and former staff of the Ondo State Radiovision Cooperation (OSRC) who passed away on Tuesday the 1st of March 2022, after a brief illness.
In a statement released by the Ondo State Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Donald Ojogo, the state said “Mr Sola Ilesanmi, who died after a month of an undisclosed illness, had always been an excellent personality in whatever he did especially during his days at schools, journalism profession and even in church.”
He added: “Shola was an enterprising and resourceful young man whose passion for Journalism was immeasurable.”
He further stated that his quest to seek news stories in the most unusual ways was evidently legendary and undoubtedly impactful for the period he served in the Ondo State Radiovision Cooperation (OSRC) even as an award-winning journalist in town.
Mr Ilesanmi contributed to the development of journalism in Nigeria and made society a better place through his impactful stories. This young and vibrant journalist is reputed for his numerous brilliant and groundbreaking reports including the “Exclusive Empty Graves, Decomposing Corpses, Human parts, The story of Akure Cemetery, Akure Explosion and the Sotitobire Church Missing Boy.”
The commissioner, while emphasising Ilesanmi’s achievements, said he was a recipient of several awards and recognitions within and outside the media profession including being the founder of Echomedia AAUA, receiving the award of excellence from the management of Ondo State Radiovision Cooperation (OSRC), being a nominee for the Television Reporter of the year, Ondo state Media Awards, an Award-winning career at Orange FM and more,
Noting him as an indigene of Owo, the commissioner asserted that Sola was a talented young man and one of the state’s brightest. He was a promising broadcast journalist with clear vision and purpose. He will surely be missed.
AlAdditionallyso, the State Government commiserated with the immediate family of the deceased, particularly his young wife, kids, aged parents and family, the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Ondo State Council, friends and professional colleagues, praying that the Lord grant him eternal rest and grant the family, friends, and acquaintances he left behind the fortitude to bear the irreplaceable loss.
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