Malam Wada Maida Is Dead
Malam Wada Maida died on Monday at the age of 70.
A family source said the late media icon who was a former Managing Director of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) died around 10:pm last night.
Until his death, he was the Chairman of Daily Trust Foundation, an arm of Media Trust which engages in humanitarian services.
Credible sources said Malam Maida was in his office yesterday.
“He developed complications later at home and slumped. He was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead,” he said.
Maida, who was also the Chairman, Board of Directors of Peoples Media Limited, the publishers of Peoples Daily newspapers had served as the Press Secretary to President Muhammadu Buhari when he was military Head of State.
The funeral prayers for the deceased would be held today at the Area 1 Mosque in Abuja and the burial will be at Gudu cemetery.
Our correspondent reports that Maida’s death came barely four weeks after one of his contemporaries, Malam Ismaila Isa Funtua, died.
Another family source told Daily Trust that the deceased returned from Katsina earlier yesterday where he went to sympathize with one of his friends who lost his wife last week.
Until his death, Maida was the Chairman, Board of Directors of NAN and member of the Executive Board of International Press Institute.
Maida who was born on March 5, 1950, celebrated his 70th birthday this year.
During the celebration, President Buhari had in a congratulatory message said the former NAN MD achieved a lot in journalism and public service. Buhari added that Maida’s contributions to the growth of journalism in the country remain commendable, especially his foray into publishing.
A former General Manager/Managing Editor at Peoples Media Limited, Abdulazeez Abdullahi, described Wada’s demise as a huge loss not only to his family but to all those who knew him over the years.
“Nigerian journalism has again lost another of its strong pillars particularly here in the North. Despite his status nationally, he was very down to earth and unassuming. I will forever remember his fatherly counsel and guidance while working closely with him at Peoples Daily Newspaper.
“It is to his singular credit that the paper is still on the newsstands today despite the challenging business environment. May Allah have mercy on him and forgive his shortcomings,” he said.
Also, a former Chief Operating Officer of the organisation, Malam Ali M. Ali, said, “A father is gone. Late Malam Wada Maida was a mentor, a father and a boss all rolled into one. Few matched his grace and gentle disposition. For the years I headed the management of Peoples Media Limited, I reported directly to him as Chairman of the Board. He was always graceful never losing his cool even in the face of provocation.
“Soft spoken and gentle, he was a teacher in the boardroom as he was in the newsroom. Our path crossed in 1991 after he was elected President of the Guild of Editors. My career had only started a year earlier in the Triumph. Even then, he was already an icon having gotten to the editorial top of the News Agency of Nigeria as Editor-in-Chief.
“Effortlessly scholarly without being gaudy, he was the sort of mentor that would nudge you in the right direction imperceptibly without claiming credit. He had an incredible control of his emotions.
“I never saw him angry even in the face of provocation. With his death, the tribe of veteran journalists of Northern extraction has been further depleted. I had thought that with the passage of Ismaila Isa Funtua last month Wada was going to step into his shoes as a bridge builder but that was not to be.
“May Allah grant him eternal rest. Adieu my chairman,” he said.
Daily Trust recalled that in June 2019, Maida was elected to the Executive Board of the International Press Institute (IPI), a global network of editors, media executives and leading journalists for press freedom.
The election was conducted at the last IPI World Congress in Geneva, Switzerland.
Late Maida attended Rafindadi Primary School, 1958 – 63; Government College, Katsina, 1964-68; London School of Journalism, 1970; Nigerian Institute of Journalism, 1971-72; Indian Institute of Mass Communication, New Delhi, 1972-73; Aberdeen College of Technology, UK, 1975-77 and Pacific Western University, 1991.
He worked as Information Officer, Press, Kaduna State Ministry of Information, 1971-78; Editor, News Agency of Nigeria, 1978; Zonal Editor, 1978-81; Foreign Correspondent, 1981-84; Chief Press Secretary to Head of Federal Military Government and commander-in-Chief, 1984-85.
Between 1985 and 1994, he was Editor-in-Chief, News Agency of Nigeria before he became the managing director of the media outfit.
Malam Wada Maida Is Dead
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