DUBAWA has lost one of its 2021 research fellows, Shola Ilesanmi.
Mr. Ilesanmi until his death on Tuesday, March 1, was a staff of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) News Yoruba in Ondo state.
Until November 2021 when the fellowship ended, Mr Ilesanmi was one of the research fellows under the annual DUBAWA fellowship.
Some of his work under the research fellowship include; the study on fact-checking competence of lecturers in Ondo state tertiary institution, and the way forward on the dearth of Fact-checking skills in Nigerian Institutions.
The Ondo state government in a press release described him as an ‘enterprising and resourceful young man’ whose passion for Journalism was immeasurable.
The press release signed by the Commissioner for Information, Donald Ojogo, commiserated with the immediate family of the deceased, the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) Ondo State Council, friends and colleagues.
The NUJ also mourned Mr Ilesanmi in a statement signed by the Chairman, Adetona Aderoboye and the State Secretary, Leke Adegbite. The union described him as ‘an excellent personality in whatever he did’.
DUBAWA Editor, Kemi Busari, described the news of Mr Ilesanmi’s death as a rude shock and one he is yet to come to terms with.
“We were campus reporters for The Nation Newspaper years back but we met again last year when he applied for the fellowship and was selected,” Mr Busari said. “Despite being a research fellow, Shola did some consequential fact-checks. He is kind, humble easy going and friendly. I just can’t come to the reality that Shola is gone.”
His funeral service will be held at the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) Glory Tabernacle, Ijapo Estate, Akure, by 10am on Thursday March 03, 2022.
Candle light procession will be held Friday March 04, 2022 by 3p.m. from Fasoranti Park, Alagbaka, Akure to the NUJ Press Centre. This will be followed by a night of tribute at 4pm at the Press centre, behind Adegbemile Cultural Centre, Alagbaka, Akure.