- The Yinka Adeparusi Foundation (YAF) was officially unveiled on Monday, May 8 in Lagos
- YAF is founded to commemorate the life, times and legacies of multiple-award winning photojournalist, Yinka Ezekiel Adeparusi
- Late Adeparusi was a staff of NAIJ.com before he passed on last November
The fond memories of the late multiple award-winning photojournalist, Yinka Adeparusi, once again came alive on Monday, May 8 when his family members, friends and colleagues gathered in Lagos to officially unveil a foundation named after him- Yinka Adeparusi Foundation (YAF).
The ceremony, which was held at the headquarters of the Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism (WSCIJ), was part of the activities to mark the late Adeparusi’s first posthumous birthday.
In his tribute, the chief editor of NAIJ.com, Mr Bayo Olupohunda described his late colleague as a humble and silent achiever, saying his focus was always on the work without giving room for any distraction.
His words: “I met Yinka only once when I visited our Abuja office but the impression he created in me was that of a great guy. He would not talk much but allowed his work to speak for him.
“From the administrative headquarters of our platform the instruction is that we must support this foundation to realise its target objectives. We will appreciate everyone’s commitment to this project.”
In a similar development, the WSCIJ coordinator, Mrs Motunrayo Alaka expressed delight that the centre was considered to be part of efforts to immortalize one of the past winners of its media award series.
According to Alaka, the centre worked closely with Adeparusi on many projects, adding that his dignity, honesty, and dedication to work singled him out as a goal-getter.
“We say Yinka as a young man full of dreams, who should be emulated by the younger generation. He was focused and committed. WSCIJ is glad to associate with the foundation,” she said.
Speaking on behalf of the family, Adeparusi’s immediate elder sister, Mrs Oluwakemi Adeparusi-Ajiboye, commended everyone who contributed to the success of the programme, saying the family is comforted by the massive support from individuals and organisations to keep their son’s legacies alive.
The acting chairman of the foundation, Mr Femi Ajasa, who gave the background into the focus of the foundation, said the platform would maintain the standard the late photojournalist was known for.
His words: “We are considering three major areas to focus our activities on, which include the academic institute he passed through, the family he left behind and the media world he actively engaged while alive. Yinka lived for excellence and his dream must be kept alive.”
Adeparusi, who until his death was a photojournalist with NAIJ.com, died in a fatal accident in Abuja, and his copse was later found in a morgue on November 15, after about 24 hours he was declared missing.
Below is one of the numerous videos shot my Late Adeparusi