Veteran journalist, Dimgba Igwe, dies at 58

Dimgba Igwe copyVice-Chairman of Sun Newspapers and Associate Publisher of Entertainment Weekly, Dimgba Igwe, is dead. ‎

The veteran journalist, who was one of Nigeria’s most respected newspapermen, died after being hit by a car Saturday morning while jogging on his street in the Okota area of Lagos.

He was rushed to a nearby hospital after the accident but pronounced dead on arrival.

Confirming the death of Mr. Igwe, President of the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE), Femi Adeshina, described it as shocking.

“Yes it’s true. He was my boss, he was my mentor, I feel devastated about his death. This time last week, we were together at the NGE conference only to find out about his death this morning,” Mr Adeshina, who is also the Editor-in-Chief of Sun Newspaper, said.

Chairman of the Sun Publishing Limited, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, described the incident as the darkest day in the history of the organisation.

Efforts to reach Mike Awoyinfa, the late journalist’s best friend and colleague for several years, were unsuccessful.

His telephone lines ‎were unreachable.

Aged 58, Mr. Dimgba, alongside Mr Awoyinfa, pioneered the now rested Weekend Concord newspaper, The Sun Newspaper and co-authored several books including Osoba: The Newspaper Years, The Arts of Feature Writing and Mike Adenuga: The Business Guru.

The veteran journalist, until his death, was the Assistant General overseer of Evangel Pentecostal Church‎, Lagos.‎