Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Enugu State chapter, has expressed sorrow over the sudden death of Mr Ewedapo Akintunde, retired Assistant Editor-in-Chief and sports line-editor, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
The veteran sports journalist, also known as “Ewe”, died on Saturday at his residence in Itoki, Ogun.
The Enugu SWAN Chairman, Norbert Okoli, told NAN in Enugu on Sunday that it was sad to lose a veteran colleague who covered sports as sports writer and later editor for more than 25 years.
He said “it was really a sad day for me yesterday as I read about his death in the news.
“It was a very sad and painful loss to our great association (SWAN).
“I know him very well to be passionate about his job and straight forward colleague, who also enjoyed the company of others.”
Okoli recounted that the association had within a month, lost some prominent and veteran colleagues nationwide.
He, however, advised sports writers and editors to partake in sporting activities in addition to their routine weekly exercise.
He added that “at least, an hour routine and regular exercise each week is not much to engage in; if we are not already participating in any known sports among those we are reporting or writing about.
“It will certainly help to keep us healthy whether we are still in service or retired.”
Akintunde was until his death, a member of Nigeria Football Supporters’ Club, where he earned the sobriquet “Baba Ewe’’.
He retired from NAN in 2016 as Assistant Editor-in-Chief at 60 and survived by a wife and three children.
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