Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari Femi Adesina has paid a glowing tribute to his ‘journalistic dad’, Mike Awoyinfa as he turns 70.
The man acclaimed to be the father of tabloid journalism in Nigeria has trained many journalists which include, Adesina, Dele Momodu and host of others.
In a beautiful tribute titled: ‘For Mike Awoyinfa: The ‘Iniquity man’ at 70’
to Awoyinfa, Adesina said he learnt many things from his former boss except iniquity.
He wrote, “Yes, I am a journalistic son to Awoyinfa, for he taught me all the vital practical things I know about the profession. In fact, the only thing I didn’t learn from him was iniquity.
“They chased news together (Awoyinfa also chased other things, and I hope his wife of many decades, Madam Bukky is not reading this), edited winning newspapers jointly, wrote books together, built their homes side by side, and generally were always seen together.
“But craving beer often goes with other appetites. (Please, keep this piece away from Mrs. Bukola Awoyinfa, lest there be the domestic version of Russia-Ukraine War. But what doesn’t she know?) Because of those two ‘unholy’ appetites, the ‘Iniquity Man’ was named.”