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REMINISCENCES – FACTS OF HISTORY — HOW THE UNITED KINGDOM APPRECIATED NIGERIA DURING DEBATE OF THE BILL FOR NIGERIA’S INDEPENDENCE

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Let me commence with an interesting account of human relationships in a media setting. The work and organizational culture of excellence, planning, friendliness, communication skills, informal relationships, information orientation and team building that characterized the Western Nigeria Government Radiovision Services (WNTV/WNBS) endured for decades, after the station, proudly known as ‘’First if Africa’’ came alive on  October 31, 1959.  The sustenance of order and harmonious co-existence, two factors that obtruded themselves were copied to the South-west States when States were created, first in 1976, and later in 1991. It was common to sight members of staff in age groups, engaged in banters in an informal atmosphere of true friendship and love; including sharing precious things that they had. Those were days you could leave your drink or edibles in the staff canteen, go attend to some other things and come back after a while. I doubt if people still do that these days. In spite of the spirit of companionship, information management was not taken for granted. I feel someone should write on those good old days. Friends literally tore themselves apart in sometimes fierce disapprovals, in the interest of the job through constructive professional evaluation and criticisms of one another’s inputs, or handling of media assignments at Editorial/Reportorial/Programmes/Current Affairs meetings. Even, management meetings of divisional heads could be stormy on account of professional arguments and assessments, only for participants to meet later at relaxation joints to unwind, without inhibitions. INEQUALITY: One interesting account is that at some point in the 1980s, some of us normally looked up at the second floor conference room of the Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo State and threw verbal brickbats at participants of senior management meetings.  Why?  We were apparently envious of what we considered lavish entertainment at the senior management meetings. In the media, you are not subjected to civil service rules that make juniors tremble when they see their senior colleagues. We jokingly took advantage of this relative freedom to confront our bosses after their meetings. There was no dull moment with bosses, Siyan Fatoki and Iwa Oyefade. We were always told to ‘’wait for your time.’’  Soon, one of us, who, was, indeed, our ring-leader, Kayode Adedire acted in the capacity of Controller that made him attend the senior management meetings. He came out of meetings to say his former colleagues who were not ripe to attend the meeting should ‘’wait for…

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