The Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) has once again lost a great veteran journalist and consummate administrator, Prince Tony Momoh FNGE. He died at his residence in Abuja on Monday February I, 2021, at the age of 81.
Prince Tony died less than a week after the Guild lost one of its Fellows, a former Director-General of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, Mr. Ben Egbuna, mni, to the cold hands of death.
Prince Tony Momoh, also a Fellow of the Guild, was a lawyer, politician, author and a former Minister of Information and Culture (1986–1990), during the military regime of General Ibrahim Babangida.
He was Chairman of the African Conference of Information Ministers from 1988 to 1990. Disclosing this in a statement signed by Mustapha Isah, President and Mary Atolagbe, General Secretary, NGE said that Tony was also the National Chairman of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), one of the parties which merged to form the now ruling All Progressives Congress, (APC).
A bibliotherapist, Prince Momoh was a journalist per excellence, who served Nigeria creditably in several capacities.
Prince Tony started his journalism career as a Sub-Editor at the Daily Times of Nigeria in October 1962, rising steadily through the ranks to become Editor and later Deputy General Manager of the media conglomerate.
Prince Momoh is a recipient of many honours, including fellowships of the Commonwealth Journalists’ Association, the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations, and the Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria.
Undoubtedly, Prince Momoh was a distinguished elder statesman, a patriot and a nationalist of the first order. He will be greatly missed by the Guild, the entire Nigerian media industry and the country at large.
The body of Editors joins the royal family of Auchi Kingdom and the government and people of Edo State to mourn Prince Tony Momoh, a quintessential Nigerian, who gave his all to the service of his beloved country. May his soul rest in perfect peace.