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50WorldEditorsCoverThis time last year, Nigerian newspaper executive Dimgba Igwe was tragically killed in a hit-and-run car accident in his native country. No witnesses came forward; the perpetrator(s) was never caught.

Next Tuesday, Igwe’s memory will shine bright by way of a special event at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs in Lagos. That morning will mark an official anniversary launch of 50 World Editors, a book featuring Q&As conducted by Igwe and colleague Mike Awoyinfa. From a report on naij.com:

Among those interviewed are Michael Goodwin of the New York Daily News, Tony Marro, Newsday, Chris Cramer, former president of CNN and Jim Clancy, a CNN international correspondent.

Also included is the legendary Sir Harold Evans, who once edited the Sunday Times in London and Alan Rusbridger, editor, The Guardian. On the home front, the authors spoke with the late Alhaji Babatunde Jose, a newspaper legend and publisher of the old Daily Times, Chief Olusegun Osoba, a former editor of Daily Times, and Nduka Obaigbena, publisher of This Day.

There have been a number of raves for the book. Here for example is how one reporter for Igwe’s paper, The Sun, recently put it:

Like a scripture that teaches a way of life, 50 World Editors is a catechism for those desirous of a ‘life lived as a news hound.’ Information in the 628-page book concretizes the otherwise abstract knowledge imparted in the classroom context. Hands-on wisdom and valuable know-how doled out sumptuously by 50 global icons in the field of media – that is the book.

P.S. No doubt more than one of this book’s great subjects would have noticed and double checked the byline of the cited naij.com article. The byline says ‘Soonest Nathaniel’, an individual who if they are not already, should also be covering breaking news.

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