Nigeria: Dapsy: Father of Modern Investigative Journalism in Nigeria

Dapo Olorunyomi, publisher of Premium Times in Nigeria
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Book Title: Testimony to Courage: Essays in Honour of Dapo Olorunyomi
Editors: Chido Onumah and Frederick Adetiba
Publishers: Kappa and Omega Company, Abuja Pages: 404

It has been sluggish strides, like baby-steps. That is the journey of newspapering in Nigeria from being a church bulletin, established in 1859 by Reverend Henry Townsed, to a platform for public accountability.

Sauntering through populist and anti-colonial landscape, and relaxing in the post-colonial era, where it served as an instrument for propaganda and mouthpieces of government, Journalism in Nigeria has taken decades to realise its true essence in the socio-political life of the country.

This self-realization have come through catalysts whose resilience and unquenchable thirst for the ideal have pressed through a maze of resistance and compromise to give birth to critical and enterprise journalism that have blossomed in the last decade. This is the subject-matter of Testimony to Courage: Essays in Honour of Dapo Olorunyomi.

This 404-page book is an assemblage of over a hundred thousand words that struggle to capture the story of Dapo Olorunyomi, born in 1957 and better known by his signature alias – Dapsy.

A recurring name in modern investigative journalism, Dapo has left his footprint at almost every exciting publication in the country – Concord, The News, Tempo, Next, and now Premium Times. His uncompromising and principled approach to reporting led to predictable predicaments – death threats and life in exile- in the dark and unholy dispensation of khaki rule in Nigeria.

Testimony to Courage is, therefore, a unique story-telling approach, a harvest of experiences and thoughts of outstanding Nigerian writers, activities, journalists, politicians and publishers of Dapsy and his positive influences on journalism in the country.

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