Veteran Nigerian journalist and media administrator, Dimgba Igwe is dead.
The 58 year-old journalist was killed by a hit-and-run driver on Saturday, September 6, 2014 near his residence in Okota area of Lagos state while he was jogging.
The death of the former deputy managing director of the Sun newspaper was disclosed to Sahara reporters by an unnamed close friend of the late Igwe’s family.
Sahara Reporters reports:
Mr. Igwe first emerged in the early 1980s as a strong voice in Nigerian journalism when he worked with the Concord newspaper group owned by the late Moshood Kashimawo Abiola. Mr. Igwe wrote a highly regarded column that focused on political and literary issues. He rose to fame as a co-editor of the groundbreaking Weekly Concord, with his longtime friend and collaborator, Mike Awoyinfa.
Mr. Igwe and Mr. Awoyinfa teamed up again as founding deputy managing director and managing director of the Sun newspaper group owned by former Governor Orji Uzor Kalu. He and Mr. Awoyinfa were removed four years ago and teamed up to found Entertainment Express. Until his death, Mr. Igwe continued to write a back page column for the Sun that appeared every Tuesday.
Former Governor Kalu described Mr. Igwe’s death as the darkest day in the history of the Sun newspaper.