A leading columnist with DAILY ASSET Newspaper, Nats Onoja Agbo is dead.
Agbo died on Wednesday June 19, in a Lagos hospital after a protracted illness.
Publisher/Editor-in-chief of DAILY ASSET, Dr Cletus Akwaya, while condoling the deceased’s family over the painful loss, described the late Agbo as one of the strong pillars of the newspaper, adding that he will be sorely missed.
The late Agbo, an accomplished journalist and former Senior Associate Editor of Newswatch magazine, joined DAILY ASSET as a columnist, when the newspaper began daily operations on Monday November 19, 2018.
His column debuted in the Tuesday November 20, 2018 edition of the publication and remained on that page until he took ill and could no longer send in his weekly contributions.
A veteran with a wealth of experience, spanning over 30 years, he was a graduate of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and worked briefly as Information Officer with the Benue State Ministry of Information before joining the Benue State-owned *Nigeria Voice* as Features Writer in August 1982. He became the newspaper’s *Editor* in 1986, a position he held until 1988 when he voluntarily resigned.
Thereafter, he co-founded and edited *Focus*, a Makurdi-based monthly news magazine and later joined *Newswatch* magazine in Lagos in June 1989, retiring in 1996 as Senior Associate Editor to become a Consulting Editor and publisher of *African Impact*, a monthly news magazine.
Agbo who was a 1994 Harry Brittain Fellow and a participant at the 1994 edition of the United States Information Service Visitor’s Programme, is the author of three novels, Enewa, The Color of Love and The Day Termites Came to Our House; a collection of stories, *Diary of a Female Banker; as well as a collection of poems, Lost Homeland.
He has authored two history books, Idoma History and Politics* (1991) and A Short History of Idoma (2014).
He is also co-author of 100 Years of Christianity in Idomaland, 1912-2012, and Ogiri Oko: Portrait of a King.
Burial arrangements would be announced by the family.