Chief Julie Coker, one of Nigeria’s and indeed Africa’s broadcasting icons has said that she owes all her life success to God almighty , especially having the grace to witness her on-going week- long 70th birthday celebration in London.
She was responding to telephone calls during a life interview on London based Ben Television where she was a guest of Princess of Arize, hosted by Princess Deun Adedoyin- Solarin.
Chief Coker was well received by the audience during the programme as she acknowledged tens of cuddles and kisses while responding to life telephone calls, with fans and admirers wishing her happy birthday on life TV during the programme.
“I am very grateful to God as He had been my rock all these years”, responded Chief Coker beaming out radiant smiles- a real reminder of those old days of her beautiful charms and cheerfulness such that made her an inspiration to many young broadcasters of 21st century.
There is no doubt that antie Julie’s old ‘magic’ was reflected and rekindled and were recaptured by many many callers who remembered her regime as airwaves rulers in Nigeria and Africa; confidence, charisma, candor and innocence with all obvious and noticeably present.
“Antie Julie”, as she was fondly called by many including the ‘JC family cult’ (remember John Chukwu of the blessed memory?) was actually lost for words as she wiped off what looked like tears of joy responding to many of her well-wishers and admirers’ uttering prayers and well wishing compliments.
Chief Coker revisited her Africa’s sojourn, remembering many of her training sessions offered to many young girls then willing to be broadcasters. She was actually surrounded in the studio by at least three ladies from her school of ‘life inspiration’ and professional training.
The occasion was made more memorable with a life cake cutting as she was treated to a short but lavish cake and wine birthday moment to celebrate her life- a real life worthy of living and emulation in which many hundred if not thousands have benefited.
It was a programme that rekindled many ‘old school’ memories of a time Nigeria was actually a real country of ambitious youths, passionate citizens and very devoted loyalist to the nation, unlike these days when teenagers and youths alike are unrealistically hooked on easy life and fortune seeking ambitions.
As radiant as ever, Antie Julie had been an inspiration to many of today’s young lady broadcasters.
She was full of praises for God whom she claimed had shielded her, having pitched her tent with HIS vineyard as an ardent worker. She is an unrepentant Catholic and this has made her life real worthy of celebration being in the bosom of the almighty.
A celebrity of high note, she is a woman of many parts and colours; accomplished broadcaster, singer, beauty queen, international occasion and lifeshows hostess and many more. We are all proud of Chief Julie Coker, a real leader and inspirer in various ares of her endeavors.
A big celebration party comes up on Sunday July 25 at the Westminster Cathedral in Central London where she hopes to raise fund for her pet Charity outfit, Richard Coker Foundation.
We celebrate Antie Julie at 70. and will remember her days of glamorous appearance on our Television sets bringing life and happiness to miilions as a ace broadcaster, a former beauty queen, former Miss Independence, a singer, and until recently, a business woman and a youth motivator.
She no doubt will remain a real role model for many aspiring youngsters willing to purse broadcasting as a career for many years to come.
Her achievements at the old Western Nigeria Broadcasting Corporation (WNBC) where she kicked off her career remains unsurpassed till this day as a real pacesetter.
She was crowned Miss Western Nigeria in 1958, and while she was a Miss Nigeria contestant in the same year, she came in as first runner-up to Helen Anyamaehuna. But her charisma in the aftermath of the competition made many to make references to her as the real reigning queen at that time.
A writer commending her wits and charisma then wrote about her:” She has always embodied the spirit and values that the title of Miss Nigeria professed to represent: In 1959, at the age of 19, she became one of the first broadcasters on Nigerian television.
(Much like the Miss Nigeria thing, her status as a television pioneer is famously misconstrued.
While she is widely reputed to have been the first broadcaster on Nigerian television, she was actually again a runner-up in this category: Anike Agbaje-Williams was the first woman–and the first person, period–to appear on Nigerian TV. Julie Coker was Agbaje-Williams’ trainee and shortly thereafter took over when her mentor went on maternity leave.)
The comment relays the real enigma and the colossal image she carried then- a runners up often refered to as the real reigning queen, a classic manifestation of the saying that those the Lord loves, He has always chosen and glorified
Another comment on Chief Coker:”Julie Coker remained a constant presence on TV until the late 1980s. Along the way, she also dabbled as an actress and radio personality, and for a while was married to fellow newscaster Mike Enahoro (who in a previous life had been a popular highlife musician, playing guitar in Roy Chicago’s Rhythm Dandies); on air, the pair projected an easy air of cosmopolitan glamour as the country’s first power couple. For many years, Julie Coker was the most famous and admired woman in Nigeria
She saw the grey side of life when her son died some years ago as a result of complications related to sickle cell disease.
The pain of losing her son made her set up a foundation that would serve as a platform for educating other people on the dangers and many risks of carrying the disease and the best ways out to handle life by many carriers.
Since retiring from active broadcasting she has been running the foundation to continue her humanitarian duties.
According to her, the good health, energy, and grace the Lord has given her calls for her to have more dedication to the work of God through charity dispensation, and that she has been pursuing with vigor and true determination.
We wish antie julie a Happy birthday celeberation at 70.
Join her in celebrating through contributing to her Richard Coker Sickle Cell Foundation.
SUNDAY 25TH JULY 2010
TIME:12.00 NOON -1.30PM
VENUE: Westminster Cath.
SUNDAY 25th JULY 2010
EVENT: Reception | Fundraising Segment | Party
COMPÈRES: Princess ‘Deun Adedoyin-Solarin & Omayeli Diana Odeli
VENUE: Westminster Hall
Matron & Chief Launcher
Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chair House Committee, Nigerians in Diaspora
John Momoh, C. E. O. Channels Television
Guest of Honour
H.E. Dr. Dalhatu S. Tafida OFR, Nigerian High Commissioner to the UK
Special Guest of Honour
Mr. Henry Odien Ajumogobia SAN, the Minister for Foreign Affairs,
Former Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed & Yeye Asiwaju Remi Tinubu
Senator Olorunimbe Mamora
Mrs Abimbola Fashola, Wife of the Lagos State Governor
Otunba Oba Otudeko, Chairman First Bank Nig. Plc
Chief ‘Lekan Alabi- The Ikolaba Olubadan of Ibadan Land
Director General, NTA, Alhaji Usman Mohammed Magawata
Mrs Funke Oshinowo
Mr. Peter Igho
Mr. ‘Bode Emmanuel C.E.O. Hogg Robinson Nig. Plc.
Dr Mark Abani, President Central Association of Nigerians in the UK (CANUK)
Mr. Tunji Oyelana, Veteran Artist & CEO EMUKAY Restaurant London
Dr. Alistair Soyode, CEO BEN TV, UKDr. Ayo Coker, CEO Oodua TV Network
Chief ‘Dele Momodu, CEO Ovation Magazine
As this is a Fundraising Birthday Celebration, to help support Chief Julie Coker’s ‘Richard Coker Foundation’ a Charity which she set up in memory of her late Son, who sadly passed a few years ago from a Sickle Cell Crisis. Kindly note that this event is Strictly by Invitation.
If you would like to attend, please contact the Organisers to request for an Official Invitation by email, with a serial number and donation envelope which you can pick up at the door.
Please email your full name, email address, telephone number and number of invitations required to:
May we suggest a kind Donation starting from £50 per Guest, you may increase this amount if you wish – Thank You!
We look forward to welcoming you on the 25th of July, as we Celebrate a Woman of Substance – Chief Julie Coker!
Princess ‘Deun Adedoyin-Solarin – +44 7737 204 694
Omayeli Odeli – +44 7984 334 954
Abayomi Tijani (DJ Abass) – +44 7946 811 253
ORGANISING COMMITTEE – CHIEF JULIE COKER @70