Dele Giwa (16 March 1947-19 October 1986)

Born on the 16th of March 1947 in Ile ife, Sumonu Oladele Giwa was one of the founders of news watch magazine.

Dele Giwa had his early Education in Authority Model school, Lagere, Ile ife and Oduduwa college. He Obtained a BA in English at Brooklyn College in the USA in 1977.

Dele Giwa was married thrice, His second marriage lasted for ten months before he got married to Oluwafunmilayo Olaniyan who remained with him until his Death in 1986.

Dele Giwa founded Newswatch magazine alongside fellow journalists Ray Ekpu, Dan Agbese and Yakubu Mohammed in 1984.

Prior to his death, Giwa faced heavy criticisms from the government. At the Beginning of the Babangida administration, Giwa’s newswatch magazine was known to praise the Babangida led government but things turned sour subsequently. He became a thorn on the government’s flesh and was accused of trying to distablize the country through his publications. Two days to his death, Dele Giwa was invited by the State security service(SSS) for questioning.

On October 19th 1986, Dele Giwa was in his study room At his Ikeja residence alongside Kayode Soyinka, when he received a parcel with a federal stamp. The parcel exploded as soon he opened it. His legs were shattered from the explosion and his wife pulled him out of the smoke.

Dele Giwa was subsequently confirmed dead. 35 years after his death, Dele Giwa’s gruesome murder remains unsolved and he is today remembered as one of Nigeria’s finest journalist who openly spoke out against the ills of the Nigerian government at the cost of his life.

Onwukwe Daniel. Mls 300level.

Dele Giwa’s corpse
Lying in state of Late Dele Giwa

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