Veteran broadcaster, Chief Tony Okorji, (KSJI), Obijideaku II of Oraukwu, has paid tribute to his mentor, the late Prince Boniface Offokaja, former Director Director and Sole Administartor of Broadcasting of the Anambra Broadcasting Service, ABS. In a moving tribute we obtained Chief Okorji wrote:
“Ogam had always been A GREAT SPIRIT, A pioneer of a sort.
Way back in 1957 he placed NIGERIA/Africa on a very high pedestal with his wealth of knowledge grounded in Horizontal Education.
“Ogam never believed in just The Status Quo. That was how as the Director-General Anambra Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), he REVOLUTIONIZED the broadcast Industry.
“He had this carriage cum persona that drew some compulsive respect and admiration from “within and without” the Corporation.
“ABC was not just for News & Current Affairs and Entertainment. His Administrative Sagacity pioneered the emergence of the UNIAIR Program, a Super Arrangement with the Institute of Management and Technology (IMT) Enugu. Very many people got the Diploma of the IMT through the ABC UNIAIR. Historic!!!
Sad to read about the passing of Boniface Oforkaja in 2018. He was the head of Anambra Broadcasting Service in the 70s and 80s. A well-spoken gentleman.
We couldn’t have his interview pic.twitter.com/QXBD1JXMp2
— Anambra 1st son (@UchePOkoye) February 25, 2021
“Ogam, Boniface Offokaja left his foot prints in the DUNES of time. It was not by chance that he attained great heights. One outstanding and Unique privilege Boniface Offokaja had in the early Seventies, was to have interviewed the Great Zik, The First President of Nigeria and Owelle of Onitsha, Chief The Honorable Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe. In that interview, he drew out the Best of Zik. And till this day that interview remains “Unbeatable.”
“Ndi Igbo n’ekwu si: OKUKO G’ABU OKE, N’EBIDO N’EJU.
“Permit me to proffer a title to the above 1957 video/debate:
BONIFACE THE UNFORGETTABLE STAR.”