By Francis Ekpone
President Muhammadu Buhari, Governor Willie Obiano and Publisher Orient Daily, Mr Godwin Ezeeemo have eulogized the Editor-in-Chief and Chief Operating Officer of Orient Daily Newspaper, Mr. Stanley Nwakife Egbochukwu who celebrated his 70th birthday last weekend.
Egbochukwu who worked variously with Daily Times of Nigeria Plc, Concord Press Nigeria Limited and Business Day Media Limited celebrated his Platinium birthday on March 24, 2019 at St Luke’s Anglican Church, Ibolo-Oraifite in Ekwusigo Local Government Area of Anambra State.
Stanley Egbochukwu, a veteran journalist, publisher and media administrator, was born in Ekwulobia, Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State on March 23, 1949. He is presently, the Editor-in-Chief of Orient Daily Newspaper.
He has worked with Imalefalafia, an Ibandan based Nigeria Tribune, Afriscope Magazine, Daily Times of Nigeria, Co-founder of Business Times, Publisher of Lagos based Manufacturing Today, Ediror –in –Chief of Business Day, Deputy Managing Director, Concord Group of Newspapers among others.
In a congratulatory message signed by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, President Buhari felicitated with the septuagenarian for his investigative prowess and leadership skills. “As he turns 70, President Buhari salutes Egbochuwku’s investigative prowess, analytical skills and knack for breaking down figures into everyday reality for readers, congratulating him for many years of courageous and insightful reporting and editing as a journalist, before establishing his own media firm.
The president believes that the best years of veteran journalist are still ahead as experience and exposure largely shape the quality of media outfits. President Buhari felicitates with family members, friends and professional colleagues on the auspicious occasion, while praying for longer life, good health and strength for the journalist” he said.
The Publisher, Orient Daily, Mr. Godwin Chukwunenye Ezeemo, on his part described Egbochukwu as honest, hardworking and humble man who have impacted positively on the society.
“Stan is a rare gen, he has a character that is worthy of emulation. He has humility, meekness, honesty and integrity. He is somebody I have come in contact with that I am so happy about. I wish I met him when he was much younger but nevertheless, I am happy that he is 70 today and I pray the Almighty God to grant him more fruitful years.
“I want the youths of nowadays to emulate his exemplary roles in the society. If Mr Stan tells you what he passed through to get to the level he is today, no young man will like to toe the path. I really want people of his age and status to keep mentoring the young ones, let them keep telling us what it takes to impact in the society. We need to know that money is not everything and good name is better than riches. Good character can locate anyone from anywhere” said Ezeemo.
Obiano, who spoke through the State Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, C-Don Adinuba however charged the other journalists to strive towards bringing back the values of competence, hard work and professionalism.
“As a professional, Mr. Stanley is one of the finest ever. He popularized business journalism which hitherto, was considered dry and too technical for a lot of newspapers in those days. He was able to popularize it, explaining complex ideas in a very simple terms.
He was also an astute administrator in his wee days and I am glad he is still in the dint of running newspapers. He was a young man when he was appointed Deputy MD of Concord Newspapers which was the biggest in the country in those days. It wasn’t easy for somebody to come from Oraifite to become the Deputy MD and Deputy Editor-in-Chief of a paper of the Yoruba family. It says a lot about him.
“We must learn to bring back the right values, the values of professionalism, values of competent and the values of meritocracy. In other words, where one comes from or religion he professes should not be a major criterion in determining ones career progression. Stanley remains one of the finest” he said
Responding, the celebrant, Mr. Stanley Egbochukwu thanked God for making him a fulfilled man, having attained the peak of his career. “I thank God for taken me this far. I am somewhat fulfilled that I have reached the peak of my career but all thanks to God because to leave is Jesus Christ. God has been the source of my strength and power.
“By his grace, I have traversed the length and breath of this world. I have traveled to Siberia, just to see the biggest waterfalls in the world which we wanted to use for power station. It took me from Moscow straight to Siberia. I have seen things but in all that, God has been guiding and directing me. I just leave by grace through faith.
“I am aware that my generation is different from this present generation. It is wrong to describe Nigerian youths as lazy. There are some of them that are really hard working” he noted.
Dr. Ononye said that the state government was providing huge resources alongside partners such as Global Fund, German Leprosy Relief Association, National Tuberculosis, Buruli Ulcer and Leprosy Control Programme (NTBLCP) amongst others to reduce the scourge of TB.