IT was all joy, dancing and smiles as one of Nigeria’s outstanding veteran pen professionals, Stanley Nwakife Egbochukwu danced to the alter in thanksgiving to God for keeping him glowing and strong at 70
Accompanied by family, friends, well wishers and colleagues, the ceremony commenced with a service at St Lukes Anglican Church, Ibolo Oraifite in Ekwusigo Local Government Area of Anambra State
The reception followed immedatly at Egbochukwu compound
Born in March 23 1949 in Ekwulobia, Aguata LGA, the veteran journalist is considered among the few men of the fraternity of the pen, both past and present who have dedicated a good chuck of their lives in the pen and paper profession
Egbochukwu, who is currently the Editor-in-chief and Chief Operating Officer of Orient Magazine and Newspaper and Communications limited in Awka, started practicing since 1972 (42yrs).
At 70, the veteran does not seem to quit soon as his professional journalism trajectory has propelled him to still contribute his quater and his unparalleled experience is still needed.
Emeka Egbochukwu, immediate younger brother to the celebrant in an interview said it’s a great feeling to witness the 70th birthday of Stanley. He described him as a God fearing man, easy going and straight forward.
Ikechukwu Egbochukwu on his part said God planted Stanley in their family. He described the veteran journalist as peace loving and the quiet type who has been a unifying factor in their family and also a team player.
He prayed God to grant good health and long life to the celebrant.
Managing Director Orient Communication Limited, Nneka Ezeemo, thanked God for the life of the celebrant.
Mrs Ezeemo, in celebrating Stanley, thanked Egbochukwu for chosen Orient Newspapers as his legacy project, describing him as a spectacular professional and a gift of God to mankind.
In her words, “he is a very articulate and cerebral man. Despite his age, he is not slowing down. He is a man with great character. In the midst of chaos, he finds a way of bringing order. He is a positive professional with great influence. A publisher, Consultant whose legacy will live on.
Sir Chuka Nnabuife, MD/CEO, Anambra Newspapers and Printing Coporation, Awka, in his remarks, hailed Stanley Egbochukwu, describing him as a man of integrity, an erudite journalist, a discerning father worthy of emulation and a standard for media professionals.
Nnabuife, added that the numerous accomplishments of Egbochukwu never got to his head. “He remains humble with great character”.
The celebrant who could not hide his joy said he was over whelmed with the huge turn out who came to celebrate with him.
“I wasn’t thinking of reaching 70 having gone through rough grounds. I strongly believe that our destiny is in God’s hands and that is why every minute of the day, I give God the glory. He made everything happen. He took me all the way and is still taking me.
The senior member of the pen urged practicing journalists to stick to the ethics of the profession. He advised young journalist to buckle up through constant reading, describing journalism as precious, noble and delicate profession.