Ayo Lijadu

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Ayodele Lijadu was a Nigerian journalist who was an editor of the Daily Times. He was considered a literary stylist with a taciturn character but a powerful pen by one times co-worker, Obafemi Awolowo. Towards the end of World War 2, he was sent to Burma to cover the activities of Nigerian soldiers in the West African Expeditionary Force, becoming the first native Nigerian war correspondent and boosting the soldiers morale on the way.

Lijadu later became a pioneer Nigerian press office in the government's public relations department, later joined by John Okwesa.

He was born in Abeokuta in 1899. He went to an Anglican grammar school in Lagos where he later taught. He left teaching in 1930 and joined the staff of the Daily Telegrah before moving to the Times. He became the Times editor in 1938.


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