Veteran broadcaster and a former Chairman, Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo State, Otunba Bode Alalade is dead.
He answered the last call on Tuesday at his home in the Ogudu GRA area of Lagos. He was aged 75.
Alalade rule the waves in the seventies and early eighties as an anchor News reader and his diction and apt presentation endeared him to millions of admirers who could recognise his voice at first signal. He was one of the best news reader in the history of NTA, spending the best andmost part of his career serving the conpany.
He worked both during the Military and civilian regimes and held a high stake in the development of Television journalism in Nigeria. He taught many youths the art of good presentation and news deliverance
Alalade was born in Ibadan, Oyo State, and had his education at the Princess School and Government School in Lagos.
He attended St. Peter’s School, Aremo, Ibadan; Hussey College, Warri, 1952-56; Ibadan Grammar School, 1957-58; Fourah Bay College,
Sierra Leone; the University College, Sierra-Leone, 1961-64; University of London, 1968-69 and the University of Lagos 1986-87.
His dedication to Nigerian Television Authority spanned over three decades as a newscaster, presenter and journalism teacher.
Otunba Bode Alalade was not only one of Nigeria’s broadcasting legends but also had a passionate record as a former high school teacher, college lecturer and TV and Radio broadcast journalism trainer—with a flair for grooming aspiring journalists.
He has been quoted as saying: “I love teaching, it’s my passion. And that is why I don’t want these things to die,” an indication of his commitment to cultural preservation, rural community development, historical documentation and passionate commitment to duties.
He held on to the ideology that knowledge, if transferred from the older to the younger generation would empower the youths for the future and that an idea unilaterally upheld is an idea meant to die with time.
With the goal of enlightening the public via the media, Mr. Alalade successfully merged the fields of broadcasting and education and was recognized and presented with an “Award for Excellence” by Litchfield Nigeria Limited, for excellent performance, good leadership qualities and contribution to Educational programs.
His broadcasting profession was so vast he was involved in various vocational teachings and electronics journalism workshops. He was also presenting and co ordinating public programs such as “Documentaries,” hooked on research activities.
He was a voice-over specialist and passionate script writer. He was an arts and culture admirer who tutored two daughters out of his children commitment to arts and the the act of preservation of traditional values and cultural endowments.
He encouraged his daughters in keeping records on arts for posterity required for the purpose of conservation within the museum.
His daughters, Yemi and Olufolakemi are co-founders of MatriArts Museum.
He was highly principled and taught his daughters on self reliance and self independence, raising them to be strong, enlightened and open-minded.
“He never shield away from “typical” female roles ranging from putting their hair into pigtails with his shoe laces before taking them to school as children, to educating and guiding their physical transition/rites of passage from girls to women”, Yemi wrote in acknowledgment of her dad in their arts appeal website.
Until his death, he was a role model as a father, teaching his children on self reliance and love for others.
He was survived by five children and four grand children.
Hisbody is currently lying at the mortuary of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital