The mortal remains of a former President of the Ghana Journalists’ Association and former News Editor of the Ghana News Agency, Edward Yao Ameyibor, have been laid to rest Friday July 5, 2019, in Tema, after a pre-burial service at the Tema Joint Church.
The veteran Journalist who was popularly known as Oga among the media fraternity died on May 13, this year at the age of 76.
The burial service was attended by family, friends, high-profile personalities, including the former President Jerry John Rawlings, and many well-wishers, who were there to pay their last respects to the veteran journalist.
In various tributes, many shared their fond memories of the journalist, affectionately called Oga, who they described as an inspiration and a guiding light on the journalism field.
The children, in their tribute, described him as ‘a calm, lively, enthusiastic and well-organized man who was on point with his work.”
“You were very decent father, brother and friend. An exceptional and special man to us and all that got to know you. You had such an enormous heart. Your arms were always stretched out to help everybody in need and you treated everybody equally,” the children said in the tribute.
In its tribute, the Ghana News Agency, where he worked for nearly four decades, said Mr. Ameyibor was a real professional, an icon, who served the national wire service and the nation well and would be sorely missed.
“He was our leader, our teacher, our father and our friend. He was patient with us and his qualities of love, care for everybody, integrity and humility stood out all the time and in all circumstances,” it said.
For its part, the GJA said he was a great leader who prepared the head, the heart and the hand of many journalists to push their pen for the development of self and country.
“He had open arms that embraced everyone and warm smile directed towards all, whether young or old, tall or short, fat or slim. Like magnet, he had a unique ability to pull people around,” the GJA said.
The late Mr Ameyibor, worked with the Ghana News Agency from October 1, 1963, to August 31, 2002, and was a correspondent in Lagos Nigeria for a long time, from where he served the Agency and mother Ghana diligently.
After he took his voluntary retirement, he became the General Manager of the Tamale-based Diamond FM and also a Media Consultant.
Until his death, he was the General Secretary of the SSNIT Pensioners Association and the Vice President of HelpAge Ghana.