Iconic Journalist Peter Enahoro Dies at 88

A veteran journalist and one of the most celebrated columnists of his era, Peter Enahoro, is dead.

Enahoro, popularly known by his pen name, Peter Pan, died in London, the United Kingdom on Monday, aged 88.

The development was announced in a terse statement by Ms Bunmi Sofola, also an iconic journalist in her own right and family friend.

The statement read in part, “Regret to announce the passing on of our iconic journalist Peter Enahoro “Peter Pan” today in London at the age of 88. RIP.

“Also known by the pen name of “Peter Pan” because of his popular column in the New African magazine under that name. He has been described as ‘perhaps Africa’s best-known international journalist’”.

Born January 21, 1935, Enahoro, the younger brother of the late First Republic politician and elder statesman, Chief Anthony Enahoro, was a journalist, author, businessman and publisher.

He attended the prestigious Government College, Ughelli (in present-day Delta State), and was a contemporary of the famous poet and Africa’s first professor of English, JP Clark. He was appointed the Editor of the highly influential Sunday Times at the age of 23 in 1958, and Editor of the Daily Paper in 1962 before assuming the position of Editor-in-Chief in 1966. Upon his return from a sojourn in the 90s, the author of the widely acclaimed book, How To Be A Nigerian,’ published in 1966, was appointed the Managing Director/Editor-in-Chief of the Daily Times of Nigeria.

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