Veteran journalist and former Chairman Editorial Board of Vanguard Newspaper, Alhaji Kola Animasaun, is dead. He was 75.
He died early this morning in his house in Lagos.
His remains will be later today in accordance with Muslim rites.
Animasaun has mentored many journalists in his several decades of journalism practice.
Born on July 5, 1939, Alhaji Animashaun began his career in journalism in July 1961 when he joined The Express.
It was through the help of the late Olabisi Onabanjo, the former governor of Ogun State, who was then the Editorial Director of the Daily Express.
On August 25, 1961, Animashaun left The Express and headed for London where he obtained a diploma certificate in journalism from London School of Journalism.
After he completed the diploma programme, he worked briefly with Cecil Dennis, the founder and publisher of the Liberian Listener.
He returned to Nigeria to join the Nigerian Tribune before joining Vanguard as a chief sub-editor. From that position, he rose to the position of chairman of the editorial board of the newspaper.
His autobiography, From 1939 to the Vanguard of Modern Journalism, was launched at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, Lagos in July 2012.