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Monday, 12 May 2014

Nigeria’s Oldest Newspaper Vendor Dies at 95

Nigeria’s oldest newspaper vendor Pa Ephraim Obinedu has passed away. He was aged 95. The hard working vendor who retired last year was known among his colleagues as a bank of knowledge, he died peacefully in his hometown of Ndikelionwu.

A press release signed by the chairman of Awka Newspaper Distributors and Vendors Association chairman, Mr Gaius Ogbonna Iwuagwu stated that Pa Obinedu would be buried in his hometown in Ndikelionwu in Orumba North Local Government area on 23rd May. Iwuagwu said that the news of Obinedu’s death was a shock to the vendors, and that he would be missed for his fatherly advice to the association, just as he was a source of information to them.

“He knows by heart all the major newspapers of the post colonial era and can reel out to you the order in which newspapers were established, with the headlines that made the biggest sales in each of the newspapers before, during and after independence." May his soul rest in peace.

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