In 1964, I was the only Lagos reporter that had a home telephone – Segun Osoba
Segun Osoba, the former governor of Ogun State opened up about his early days as a reporter at Nigeria’s oldest newspaper, the Daily Times, in his new book ‘Battlelines: Adventures in Journalism and Politics.’
Osoba was one of the three pioneer employees who joined the Daily Times in 1964 after passing their A-levels, and he was put under the tutelage of Guy Walls, an expatriate training manager from Daily Mirror, London.
“As trainee reporters, whenever we went out on assignments along with senior colleagues, we would give our reports to Guy Walls to assess, correct and ensure that it conformed to the Daily Times house style,” Osoba said recalling that he had earlier been advised to study Law
“The apprenticeship was successful as our output outmatched all projections. It turned out that our reports were even considered better than those of some seniors to whom we were attached. So impressed was Alhaji Jose (Babatunde Jose, the pioneer managing director of the Times) that two months on the job, he called me and talked me out of the idea of reading law. “My editor, the famous Peter Enahoro [Peter Pan], was equally impressed that he wrote me and prophesied that would have a successful career in journalism.”
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