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Chief Tony Momoh

Former Minister of Information and Culture, Tony Momoh, is seen by many as a role model and a detribalised Nigerian who has been able to demystify the grandeur of political office in Nigeria. It is based on these attributes that many have come to adopt him as a leader of men, who knows no bound in his social
interactions. Momoh, who the Yerima of Auchi is often described as a man who harbours deep seated desire for national development and integration.

Momoh in one of his outings had said : "I plead from my heart that we save Nigeria by looking its problem in the face, dispassionately , and solving them so that we can say that though tribe and tongue may differ in the Nigerian arrangement, in brotherhood we can stand. For, the sacrifice we accommodate today will make the difference between joy and sorrow, for our children, and their children and their children. Let us sow joy for posterity, and our offspring shall never reap sorrow."

Many Nigerians agree that Momoh has shown, through his exemplary leadership, that the only way Nigeria can achieve greatness is for every Nigerian to offer selfless service to the country. They insist that Momoh succeeded in bringing selfless service to political office when, even as a minister of information and culture, he initiated the famous Letter To My Countrymen, through which he explained issues of national importance to the ordinary Nigerian.

Dr.Chidi Amuta, a seasoned journalist and administrator describes Momoh as a versatile journalist. "He is a versatile man, he went to read law and establish a law chamber that is doing well. Irrespective of his age, he still maintains a column, which shows that the profession of journalism remains close to his heart," Amuta said.

Momoh was born on April 27, 1939 in Auchi, Edo state, and commenced his early academic pursuit at Government School Auchi (1949 -1954), before proceeding to Anglican School Okpe (1954). He later went to the Provincial Teachers Training College, Abudu, Edo State and Government Teachers College, Abraka, in the then Western Region (1960-61), where he obtained his TC11. Momoh was also at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and University of Lagos, where he obtained degrees in Mass communication and Law.

He commenced his journalism career at Daily Times and rose to become Editor, Training Manager, Genera Manager, Senior Manager, before being appointed Minister of Information and Culture in 1986.

Momoh is also an accomplished professional who has bestrode various professions like a colossus. Some of his professional accomplishments, include membership of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) and Nigeria Union Of Journalists (NUJ); Fellow of the Commonwealth Journalists Association, president Nigeria Guild of Editors, member International Press Institute; honorary fellow, Nigeria Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) and Honorary Fellow, Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria.

He has many publications to his credit. Some of them include, News of the Forgotten Army, Simple Strokes, Revolt of the new breed and other stories as well as Each Man His Time.

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