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Journalist set to release book on late father

A source in the entertainment industry has told an online media (not Doggone News Associated, DNA) that the biography of the late Olu Makinde, a celebrity journalist, who passed on February 20, 2015, will be released to the public before the end of this year.

The media outfit credits Mr Tade Makinde (II), author of another biography titled “Fela Anikulapo Kuti: Bruised. Battered. Beloved” as the author of the new book titled “Olu Makinde: Master of His Game”. The former is available for sale exclusively on Amazon.

Olu Makinde organized the first musical competition in Nigeria in 1977. The competition was said to have been won by Sunny Ade. He defeated Ebenezer Obey, Sikiru Ayinde Barrister, Dele Abiodun, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, among several others, to win the maiden edition of the competition.



What many music lovers and fans of the winner and the other participants did not know, however, is that both Sunny Ade and Olu Makinde immediately suffered persecutions from various quarters. One of the two victims almost lost his life, while the other almost quit his job.

The book also reveals the frosty relationship between the journalist and another popular musician whom Olu Makinde helped to resurrect his dead career, among his other lofty contributions to Nigeria’s entertainment industry.

A diplomat described the book as an extensive work of research that will shed light on a lot of unanswered questions as regards the travails and triumphs of the former editor of “The Entertainer”, published by the defunct Sketch Newspapers of Nigeria.


By Taju Odeniran