“Life is an opportunity that does not last a life time.”—Edgar Francis Ighatta
This is a collection of tribute by the University of Benin alumuni, Mass Communication(2007/2008) in memory of a colleague, motivator, a promising journalist Edgar Francis Ighatta who passed away on September 12, 2016 after a brief illness.
He’s no more but his works, values and ideals of egalitarian society live on.
-Brief biography of Edgar Francis Ighatta
-A video elegy in Edgar’s memory by a pro, Francis Duru II
-Tribute by his course mates
-Edgar’s memorable moments with family members and friends
- Edgar was born July 7, 1982
- He attended Okotie-Eboh Grammar School, Sapele, Delta State (1992-1997)
- He went to Federal Polytechnic, Auchi, Edo State, for his Ordinary National Diploma (OND) in Mass Communication
- He bagged B.A (Hons.) Mass Communication at the University of Benin, Edo State, Nigeria.
- He had his National Youth Service as a reporter, presenter and producer (News and Sports) at Radio Gotel, Yola, Adamawa State
- He was in Ghana for a course, died shortly after returning on September 12, 2016
A video clip in memory of Edgar Francis Ighatta by “Igwe”
Edgar Ighatta was afraid of one thing: NOT TO SPEAK THE TRUTH
Muslims around the world hoped for September 12, 2016, because it was a day marked for Sallah celebration. An Edo-born promising journalist Edgar Ighatta Francis joined in the celebration. He never knew it’d be a gloomy day for the family and friends he’s going to leave behind later in the day.
He was filled with life in the morning, but at about 1900HRS, Edgar Ighatta Francis had his last breathe. He went away with all the energies about a greater future for today’s generation.
A passionate speaker, a friend more than just a friend, a promising journalist, a disciplinarian, looked lion on the outside, but social, friendly in the inside, brave speaker, fearless man, eloquent with words, courageous, hardworking, intelligent.
Words to Edgar are limitless, because he’s a man you needed to get impossibilities done. He was a man you needed to get inspired. He was a spirit-lifter.
When the idea for the establishment of infobase came up, Edgar was among the first passionate writers we contacted. Because he believed in journalism, he lived for journalism, he breathed journalism.
Edgar spoke where everyone went dumb.
He stood when nobody did.
He walked when everyone was afraid.
Edgar Ighatta was afraid of one thing: NOT TO SPEAK THE TRUTH.
Rest in the bosom heart of our Lord.
Edgar was indeed a great man, he was blunt but had a selfless heart. His impact in people’s life will not be easily forgotten.
Extremely intelligent, never kept grudges
I have known him since 2005, we became classmates, media partners on a little platform in school, and then we became brothers. When you talk of versatility personified individual Edgar Ighata is a top notch.
Extremely intelligent, never kept grudges always fought for what is right, pragmatic and indeed an icon. Bring up any sensible discussion and he will definitely contribute positively. Some weeks back we agreed to meet in Lagos so as to plan how to storm the media positively with collaborative brilliant ideas but never knew God has better plans.
You were pivotal to the unity of your family; you put smiles on the faces of everyone you came across with. Words are not enough to express how our generation will miss you. Heaven welcomes a jolly good fellow and a rare creature.
Rest in peace Edgar-Francis Ighata.
Sun re o till we meet again.
Adieu Edgar Ighata my friend
In all fairness we quarreled over flimsy issues but in no time we got to understand each other.
You joined us at ekenhuan campus and I had this notion that “Na em sabi book pass sef”. Little did I know that you were a rare gem!
We became pals, ate from the same plate and played football with huge smiles all those times.
If tears could build a stairway and walk memory lane, I would walk right up to heaven
No farewell words were ever spoken
No time to say good bye
My heart, it aches in sadness
What it meant to lose you,
No one will ever understand
High in your heavenly home
I would rather have you closer
But God only knows.
Adieu Edgar Ighata
Edgar’s memorable moments with family members and friends