The ancient town of Okagwe, Ohafia, in Abia State is bound to stand still come Friday, October 12, as the remains of the former Group Entertainment Editor of Vanguard Newspapers, Ogbonnaya Amadi will be laid to rest.
According to a funeral programme released during the week, there will be a service of songs by the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Acme Road parish, at his residence, at 7/9 Aganga Williams Street, Off Haruna Road, Ifako Ijaye, Lagos. The service of songs starts from 5pm and ends 7pm.
On Thursday, October 11, his body leaves Lagos for his home town, where there will be wake-up the same day. Interment is scheduled to take place on Friday, October 12, at his family compound, in Okagwe after a funeral service.
Meanwhile, the entertainment journalists are putting plans together to hold a candlelight procession in honour of the deceased on Tuesday, October 11, at the popular celebrity hangout, O’jez Restaurant and Bar, National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos. The candlelight,is part of activities lined up for the burial of their departed colleague who died on Wednesday, September 29, after an asthma attack.
Before he died, Amadi was the Group Entertainment Editor of Vanguard Newspapers and one of Nigeria’s pioneer entertainment writers. He was passionate about entertainment and spent his entire career spanning over two decades on the beat – gathering news, setting the agenda for the industry, mentoring young reporters, and ensuring that Vanguard newspapers where he worked for many years, gain prominence in entertainment.
Rest in peace.