One of Nigeria’s foremost Journalists, Sir Odafe Othihiwa passed on in the early hours of today, Tuesday July 16, 2019 at the age of 77.
Sir, Odafe trained as a teacher at Protestant Teachers Training College, Yaba, Lagos and taught for ten years.
An icon in news gathering and reporting, Sir Odafe began his journalism career in the early 60s as a freelance while teaching and formerly joined the defunct Daily Express before moving to the Nigerian Observer in 1970s and rose to become the Lagos State Editor for many years.
He joined the Daily Times Group in 1981, and served as City Editor, Chief Reporter, Head, Daily Times Operations,Abuja, Assistant News Editor, General Manager Corporate Affairs. While in Daily Times, he covered the Liberian Civil war for many months, many national and international assignments.
He had stints with the Times of Granville,The Oakland Tribune, The Atlanta Daily World and The Seattle Times, all in the US
Sir Odafe moved on to African Independent Television (AIT) as General Manager, Current Affairs.
Even in retirement, Sir Odafe pen never dried up until death came calling after a brief illness.
Sir Odafe was Knighted by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Most Rev. (Dr.) Robert Runcie in 1982 while on a pastoral tour of Nigeria.
He is survived by four children.
Funeral arrangements will be announced later by the Othihiwa Dynasty.