Tributes pour in for Yaya Abubakar

Taiwo Ojedele, Lagos

Death has once again visited the Nigerian broadcasting world with the demise of Malam Yaya Abubakar, the pioneer Director General of Voice of Nigeria.

Born in Bauchi State, Northeast Nigeria, 73 years ago, Yaya Abubakar left his home state to study at the prestigious University of Lagos.

Colleagues and friends of Yaya Abubakar described him as a man with a strong sense of character and an embodiment of professionalism.

His foray into Broadcasting saw him emerge as the best among equals in all the media houses where he plied his trade.

His professional broadcasting acumen was the pivot with which he rose to become the Chairman, Board of Trustees of the Bauchi State Television and the pioneer Chairman of Gombe Media Corporation.

Yaya Abubakar’s sojourn at the Nigerian Television Authority, NTA, was characterised by well thought out innovations, which propelled him to become the Director of News at Africa’s foremost television station.

Innovativeness and credibility

Many of his contemporaries attested to the fact that it was during his days as Director of News at NTA that the station came of age in terms of professionalism, innovativeness and credibility.

Appointed as the pioneer Director General of Voice of Nigeria in 1990, his ingenuity was critical to the survival and development of Nigeria’s first international broadcasting station.

He was a man whose professional footprint was laced with talent, vision and character.

The death of Yaya Abubakar came at a time the media industry was welcoming a host of new players and entrants.

Yaya was as an advocate of professionalism in broadcasting, a man with an ardent passion for excellence in broadcast journalism practice. His humble service at Voice of Nigeria was the platform on which the present goodwill of the organisation is built, both at home and abroad.

History will no doubt judge him as a man who passionately loved his profession and posterity will remember him as a dear veteran in broadcast journalism practice in Nigeria.