We are grateful to Nsukka for gifting to the world A silent Journalism icon and influencer, Mazi Emma Nnadozie, deserving of all accolades.
From my first day on the crime beat 22 years ago, this diamond soul took interest in me and mentored and counselled me, to become a refined newsman that I am today. I was handed over to him by my then boss and Crime Editor of The Guardian, Late Ben Akparanta, (God bless his soul).
His humane personae has not left him despite his intimidating achievements in Crime and Security journalism.
His versatility and mastery of the pen has endeared him to the hearts of movers and shakers of Enugu, the Nigerian Police Institution and Nigerian newsrooms.
My benefactor is a lion and a lamb. Don’t take him for granted and you will enjoy the best of him.
He is a man I call my father in journalism and he has never failed to treat me as a son.
Nnadozie my boss comfortably fits into Top-10 Great Souls in Nigerian Journalism Profession and Top-5 Great Igbo legends.
Nnam Ukwu is a builder of underdogs journalists, humanitarian encourager and above all, a confidant of inestimable value.
Accept dozens of garlands from your son from Onicha-Ugbo, Delta, whom you have impacted so much.
Wishing you the biggest slice of happy birthday today sir.
(Head, Defence/Security Affairs, The Guardian and former President CRAN)