Adinuba, NUJ, National Light, others pay tribute
UMUIKE community in Awka South Local Government, Anambra State, stood still for former National Light’s Staff, Grace Nnadozie, as she was buried on Friday.
The late Grace, who served in various positions in the course of her journalism career while working with Anambra Newspapers and Printing Corporation (ANPC), publishers of National Light, Ka O di Taa and SportsLightXtra Newspapers died after a brief illness.
In a condolence message to the family during her burial, the Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, C-Don Adinuba, described her death as a sad loss to the media family, particularly NUJ, Anambra State Chapter, where the deceased spent greater part of her professional career.
“A Poet wrote that the death of one person takes away something in our humanity.
Therefore, it’s not just one person that died but a part of us in our collective being.” Adinuba said.
Continuing, “For me as a professional coming into the state and knowing her, she became a friend. Her departure is touching in a personal way.”
The commissioner urged the family to bear the loss with fortitude and hope in life with God as most fulfilling.
In his contribution, the NUJ Chairman, Anambra State Council, Emma Ifesinachi, stated that humans are in transition which Grace has completed her own course on earth.
“We are here in our numbers because the deceased was an active member of NUJ and made her mark in the pen profession. She was a core professional who showed commitment and great responsibility in the discharge of her assignments.” Ifesinachi stated.
“We won’t forget her easily because of the role she played, especially at this critical time in the union’s life.”
He urged the family to take solace in the fact that there is a time to be born and a time to die; chaging them to leverage on the hope that her soul is with God for eternal rest.
In the same vein, chairperson, Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), Anambra State, Comrade Stella Igboka, noted how difficult it has been for her to believe that Grace has gone as the deceased was more of a mentor to her in the journalism profession.
Delivering his condolence message, the Managing Director and CEO, National Light Newspapers, Chuka Nnabuife, eulogised Grace for building a reputation for herself that posterity will forever be proud of.
“We came to witness her burial and also tell the world that she identified with us while she was alive.
“It is not because of her high position that we honour her but because of her high reckoning. She left inspiring imprints in the sands of Anambra Newspapers and Printing Corporation and in the sands of the media partition.”
He noted that the testimonies of people who knew Grace had been awesome; while describing her as goal- getter.
Sir Nnabuife further described Grace as one who can go to the Eskimo without wearing a jacket just to get a story.
“Grace was a person who stood by her words. She was forthright, persistence and as well, a motivator,” he stated.