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The book, Nigeria’s Aviation: Unsung Heroes and Heroines, for public presentation on 9th May 2023

Practitioners of the profession whose main task in the day-to-day performance of their statutory duties as a member of the fourth estate of the realm is to provide the first rough draft of history through their news reportage have now resolved to roll back the frontiers of events reportage, by preoccupying themselves with another contiguous task of sewing up those pieces of news items from numerous events over a period of time, to form handy literature for all and sundry to savor, and for posterity to latch on to.

Hence, the duo of Wole Shadare, and Gboyega Adeoye, the two aviation journalists, have chosen to take news presentation and preservation further, by putting pen to paper about their thoughts on some personalities who are deemed to have made their mark in the nation’s air transport industry but are rarely celebrated.

Ostensibly, the authors’ resolve propelled them into a venture that gives chronicler of events more than a byline, but it has now earned them authorship of a literary work titled, “Nigeria’s Aviation: Unsung Heroes and Heroines.”

According to a media statement by the authors, the book will be presented to the public on Tuesday, 9th May 2023, at the Providence Hotel, Ikeja GRA, Lagos.

Mr. ‘Wole Shadare, co-author, and a former Chairman of LAAC.

The media statement described the book as a documentary of the history of Nigeria’s aviation development with a spotlight on notable icons who have grown the sector to its current remarkable height.

The authors viewed the publication “as a response to the low morale of government and Nigerian institutions toward honouring dedication and discipline by some Nigerians in building a strong aviation sector in Nigeria over the years.”

Highlighting the motivation for the fine work of literary masterpiece as laced throughout the book narratives, the duo said: “In our search for Heroes and Heroines, the book on purpose achieves some historical rendition that has remained outside the mental horizon of authors existing before us”.

Mr. Gboyega Adeoye, Co-author, a LAAC member emeritus, prolific writer, and a prodigious analyst

The statement thus asserts, “We tried our best to leave the reader with up-to-date knowledge of the history of our aviation development and most importantly, listed some Heroes and Heroines, their place and roles.

One of the authors, Wole Shadare, a former Chairman of the League of Aviation And Airport Correspondents, LAAC, noted that the book tries as it can to give the reader a clear and concise insight into milestones in the annals of aviation and how its Heroes and Heroines squared up with some challenges they faced, navigating through the turbulent skies of our nation’s aviation Sector.

The ten-chapter book details very significant Heroes and Heroines from 1958 to date. From Nigeria Airways in the early beginning, from Captains Bob Hayes, Dele Ore, and Bara All-well Brown, down the line.

From Dr. Harold Demuren through Captains Muhtar Usman and Musa Nuhu, Akin Olateru, Chike Ogeah, Femi Adefope, Dr. Folasade Odutola, Chief Gabriel Igbinedion, HRM Femi Ogunleye, Dr. Wale Babalakin, Dr. Taiwo Afolabi and many others; the book provides a prism for a clear peer into aviation regulation in Nigeria.

Also, the book X-rays aviation agencies such as the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), Nigeria Meteorological Agency (NiMet), to the new Nigerian Safety Investigation Bureau (NSIB); providing the reader some grounding in the roles of government Agencies in aviation administration.

The authors, in full consciousness of the critical roles of private investment in aviation services, also did not miss out on the Skyway Aviation Handling Company Plc (SAHCO) and Mrs. Nkechi Onyenso as well as other Nigerians who have achieved global heights of reckoning, like; Dr. Bernard Olumuyiwa Aliu, Ms. Iyabo Sosina and Funke Adeyemi.

Also, Unsung Heroes and Heroines include Late Captains Jerry Agbeyegbe and Hadiza Lantana Oboh, to mention but a few

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