As two TV stars take over NAWOJ: NTA’s Ladi Bala dusts 3 others to emerge NAWOJ President


… While Lillian Okonkwo of RSTV clinches Deputy National Vice President

By Gladys Nweke

Two television stars have taken over leadership of the female wing of the journalists union in Nigeria.


Ladi Bala of the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) last weekend edged  three other contestants to emerge President of the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ).

The election, which took place in Minna, Niger State, was keenly contested with Ladi polling 439 votes to beat Aishat Ibrahim  to runner-up position with 251 votes, while Chindaba Danjuma  and Ruth Abubakar polled 85 and 48 votes each, respectively.

A joyful Bala thanked God Almighty for the victory, while calling on all members to mend fences and close gaps, now  that the elections were over.

Other elected members of the executive included, Lilian Okonkwo Ogabu of Rivers State Television emerged National Deputy Vice President by edging her opponent Timi Jumbo Idoko while Helen Udofia emerged Secretary, Assistance Secretary, Yinka Bode-Are, Treasurer Fatima Rasheed, Internal Auditor, Dorothy Abellaga and Financial Secretary, Adeola Adekunle.

Omobola Akingbehin, an Assistant Editor-In-Chief with the News Agency of Nigeria, was elected as the Vice President ‘B’ Zone of NAWOJ.

Lillian Okonkwo Ogabu in her address, thanked God for giving her victory in far away Minna, Niger State. “It was a top experience and at last, I was elected as deputy national vice President of NAWOJ which is a call to duty and I will work with the president and national executives and ensure we achieve greater heights for the association as well uphold our core values which basically are to build the capacity of women journalists across the country.

“It is also a core responsibility for speaking out on issues affecting women and children.

As for NAWOJIANS across the country, I urge you to keep faith and do your job in the high sense of professionalism”, she said.