Former colleagues of ace broadcaster, Jika Attoh at Cosmo FM Enugu, have announced a memorial scholarship in his honour as he was laid to rest in Onitsha, Anambra State on Wednesday, January 10, 2024.
This was contained in a statement signed by the West Africa Broadcast and Media Academy, WABMA Registrar, Joseph Obari, Esq.
Attoh, a renowned veteran broadcaster, journalist, media administrator, trainer and Executive Director of the West Africa Broadcast and Media Academy (WABMA) died in a hospital in Enugu on October 25, 2023.
“In recognition of Jika Attoh’s outstanding and continued impact in our lives, we his former Cosmo 105.5 FM colleagues are funding fourteen young persons qualified for any WABMA courses of their choice. We are doing this to honour a man who gave so much to people, journalism and the broadcast industry,” said Dr Helen I. Nwachukwu, spokesperson of the former Cosmos FM workers.
Attoh’s remains were buried at an emotion laden funeral at his home in Onitsha. His family, friends and associates described him as a genial soul, a generous giver and an advocate for an egalitarian society.
Apart from WABMA where Attoh spent his last years building capacity in the media industry, he was a sought after anchor at the Africa Independent Television, Channels Television, Nigeria Television Authority, and the Enugu State Broadcasting Service.
Attoh also taught journalism for the BBC World Service Trust (BBC MediaAction) and ENABLE in Nigeria. He held various media leadership positions in Nigeria and other West African countries
WABMA and the donors are currently working out modalities for the selection of beneficiaries from the pool of applicants for WABMA’s 2-day masterclasses and the 5-week long courses” said Mrs Chidiebere Njoku, WABMA’s Assistant Registrar, Business Development, Enugu.