Peter Enahoro, a veteran journalist and one of Nigeria’s most celebrated columnists, has passed away at the age of 88.
Popularly as Peter Pan, Enahoro died in London, the United Kingdom on Monday, Bunmi Sofola, a Nigerian female journalist announced in a terse statement.
“Regret to announce the passing on of our iconic journalist Peter Enahoro “Peter Pan” today in London at the age of 88. RIP.
“Also known by the pen name of “Peter Pan” because of his popular column in New African magazine under that name. He has been described as ‘perhaps Africa’s best-known international journalist,” she stated.
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Born January 21, 1935, Enahoro was a journalist, author, businessman and publisher. Notable among his published books include, How to be a Nigerian (1966), You Gotta Cry to Laugh (1972), The Complete Nigerian (1992) and Then Spoke the Thunder (2009).
The deceased columnist is one of the pioneers of Nigerian journalism and became editor of the Daily Times at a young age.
Enahoro started his career in media as an Assistant Publicity Officer, Department now the Federal Ministry of Information in 1954. He joined Daily Times as a sub-editor in 1955, at the age of 20, before moving on to serve as Assistant District Manager at Rediffusion Services, Ibadan, in 1957. He became the editor of the Nigerian Sunday Times in 1958 at the age of 23 and Features Editor of the Daily Times in 1958, then the paper’s editor in 1962, going on to become the Daily Times Group Editorial Adviser in 1965, and in 1966 Editor-in-Chief of the Daily Times.
Enahoro attended the prestigious Government College, Ughelli (in present-day Delta State), and was a contemporary of the famous poet and Africa’s first professor of English, JP Clark.