Emeka Obasi (file photo)
Emeka Obasi’s death shocking, sad, says Uzodimma
Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State has expressed shock and sadness over the passing of the Publisher of Business Hallmark newspaper, Prince Emeka Obasi, aged 58.
Obasi reportedly died on March 15, 2022 at a Lagos hospital, according to his family.
In a statement by Governor Uzodimma’s Chief Press Secretary and Media Adviser, Oguwike Nwachuku, the governor said that Emeka Obasi was a thorough-bred media practitioner, who devoted his time, energy, intellect and resources for the advancement of the media profession in Nigeria.
The governor recalled that early in life Obasi took to journalism and was to found Hallmark group of newspapers and later the National Mirror newspaper when he rested the Hallmark.
He said that Obasi’s love for the media continued and drove him to repackage the old Hallmark as Business Hallmark after he sold the National Mirror.
The governor said that apart from Obasi’s media engagements, he was also involved in other activities that helped to shape the image of the Nigerian society.
For instance, Prince Obasi founded the Public Policy Research and Analysis Centre (PPRAC), as a vehicle to confer the Zik’s Prize for Leadership recognition on deserving Nigerians.
Governor Uzodimma lamented that Prince Obasi, a former Commissioner for Information and Strategy in Abia State during the return to civilian rule in Nigeria in 1999 died when his services were needed most, both in his media constituency and the society at large.
He commiserated with the widow, Dr. Betty Obasi, the children, friends, associates and well wishers over the passing of their loved one and encouraged them to find solace in the fact that Prince Obasi led a fulfilled life in God and contributed his quota for the good of mankind when he was alive.