The news came to everybody like a rude shock. Yet, our Group Entertainment Editor, Amadi Ogbonna is no more.
From the corporate head quarters of Vanguard Media Limited where Ogbonna's journalistic career first took flight to his Ogba, Lagos residence, family, colleagues and friends of the veteran entertainment journalist expressed their grief yesterday with prayer, tears and raw anguish.
Until his death, on Wednesday evening, Ogbonna was the Group Entertainment Editor of Vanguard Newspapers.
He had a cold in the office and was rushed to the company's clinic, in Kirikiri, Apapa where he gave up the ghost in what was diagonized as an asthma attack.
While he lived, Ogbonna dedicated his life to selfless service to humanity. He was one of the pioneer entertainment journalists in Nigeria who helped to shape the industry in many ways.
At his Ogba, Lagos residence yesterday, the atmosphere was one of grief, calm and disbelief. A handful of Ogbonna's colleagues and friends in the entertainment industry stormed his residence to commiserate with his family.
Also, in Vanguard corporate office, the atmosphere was not different either as his colleagues still find it difficult to believe that he is no more.
In his tribute, our news Editor, Kayode Matthew said " it is difficult for me to believe that Ogbonna is no more; such an entertaining, jolly good fellow. A very pleasant colleague who is truly a friend."
"But I am consoled in one unshakeable fact. When he resumed from his annual leave, he confidently told me that one greatest thing he achieved during his leave was that he reconciled with the creator." Matthew added
For Deputy Editor, Eze Anaba, Ogbonna was very creative and hardworking. " I worked closely with him when I was Saturday Vanguard Editor. I found he, and his team to be very competent and creative. Working with him was fun. Although we had our differences at times and we did argue and quarrel, such arguments usually lead to very good ideas that enriched us all."
Describing the veteran entertainment journalist as the "most gregarious fellow I have encountered in his almost two decades journalistic practice", Assistant News Editor, Kenneth Ehigiator said Ogbonna would be remembered for being one of the journalists who electrified Vanguard newsroom and made production effortless.
Ogbonna had been a veteran entertainment journalist for over two decades. He was survived by his mother, brothers, sisters, wife and three children.