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Veteran Journalist, Chris Akiri, Is Dead

Chairman of the Editorial Board of National Daily newspapers, Barrister Chris Akiri, has died.

According to an announcement by the company’s management on Tuesday, he died in Lagos on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 after a brief illness.

Akiri was appointed Chairman of the Editorial Board of National Daily Newspaper in June 2006, a position held till his death.

The deceased showed high degree of innovation, articulation, and dynamism in dissecting issues within and outside Nigeria in his editorial responsibilities.

His versatility in many areas was both astounding and outstanding. An accomplished lawyer, teacher, journalist, politician, ordained deacon and renowned public affairs analyst whose intellectual prowess and deep understanding of social issues knew no bound. He was a frequent guest on several television stations in Nigeria which include Channels, AIT, ARISE, among others.

While managing his law firm, Akiri served on the Editorial Board of reputable media organisations in Nigeria, which include The Guardian, then, National Daily.

He was born in Kokori-Inland in Ethiope East Local Government Area of Delta State, Nigeria. He had his primary and secondary school education, at Ode-Irele, Ondo State, and Ile-Ife, Osun State, respectively.

He attended the University of Ibadan, Oyo State, where he studied History, Political Science and French and obtained a B.A. (Hons.) Degree in History. He also attended the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Akoka, where he obtained an LL. B (Hons.) Degree in the Second Upper Division) and a Masters of Laws (LLM) Degree, magna cum laude. He was called to the Nigerian Bar, becoming a Solicitor and Advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in 1992.

Barrister Chris Akiri

Akiri is also an alumnus of several tertiary institutions, including, but not limited to, the University of Bradford, Yorkshire, England; Urwick Management Centre, Slough, in Reading, England; London University, London, and PennState University, USA. He was, at different times, Lecturer, Federal Government College, Maiduguri, Borno State; Project Officer, World Bank (IDA/IBRD) Education Projects in the Bureau for External Aid, Federal Ministry of Education, and Company Secretary/General Manager and executive Director, Western Textile Mills Plc. He headed the Human Resources Department of Merchant Bank for Africa Ltd. (MBA) and, later, the Human Resources, Administration and Corporate Affairs Division of Universal Trust Bank, Plc.

As the Managing Partner of Chris W.A Akiri & Co., a firm of legal practitioners, he played a dominant role as a member of the Think-Tank representing Delta State at the 2005 National Political Reforms Conference, in Abuja.

Akiri was, for almost ten years, a member of the Editorial Board of The Guardian newspaper; a Board member of the National Freshwater Fisheries Research Institute (NIFFRI), New Bussa; Chairman of the Editorial Board of National Daily; Chairman, Capstone Microfinance Bank Ltd. And Legal Adviser, Editorial Board of the Sun newspapers.

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