Former ANA vice-chairman Eddie Aderinokun is dead

Eddie Aderinokun

Former vice-chairman of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) Eddie Aderinokun has died, his family announced on Monday.

The veteran journalist died on Sunday aged 80 following a brief illness.

A statement by his brother Kayode Aderinokun reads: “With great sadness, but with submission to the will of God, we announce the passing on to glory of our beloved Father, Grandfather, Husband, Brother, Otunba Eddie, Olayiwola Aderinokun on the 3rd of January 2021, following a brief illness.

“Funeral arrangements will be announced by the Family.”

He was the elder brother of late GTBank MD Tayo Aderinokun.

Aderinokun rose to the position of editorship of Daily Express newspaper. He was also the president of Nigeria League of Veteran Journalists.

His love for sports took him to the position of chairman of the Nigerian Volleyball Federation.

The sports enthusiast is regarded by many as the progenitor of pop music in Nigeria.

In the late sixties, he founded The Clusters, a pop group in Lagos, and featured great talents such as Berkeley Jones (guitarist), Tony Amadi, Linus Okechi and Jibade Thomas.

He was a patron of the Committee for Relevant Arts (CORA).