The Editorial Board of Lekki Times newspaper has mourned the sudden demise of late Dr. Mike Okolo, who until his death was Dean School of Media and Communication (SMC), Pan-Atlantic University, Lagos.
In a release signed by the Publisher and Chief Executive Officer of Lekki Times, Mazi Ugo Mgbemene described the late University don as exceptional personality whose teaching skills endeared many to him.
He noted that late Okolo would ever be missed by people who passed through his in-depth teaching expose’ at PAN ATLANTIC University, adding that he was one of those whose teaching during AWARES, gave him the inspiration to establish Lekki Times newspaper and prayed God to rest his soul.
Mazi Mgbemene recalled that two weeks ago, he initiated an interview session with late Dean which was scheduled for Monday but was postponed to Tuesday 7th June, and wished the late media icon had dropped his last words in the media space before his departure.
The release read in part, “The sudden demise of Dr. Mike Okolo who was Dean School of Media and Communication (SMC), Pan-Atlantic University, is a great shock to the media community and people who knew the late media icon.
“I cannot forget the good times I had with the late Dean during my short stay in PAN ATLANTIC University for AWARES 2019. Indeed, his teachings were one of the motivations that gave birth to Lekki Times newspaper.
“I wish death had spared us time to finish our interview as scheduled, this could have served as parting words to media community.
“ While Lekki Times editorial board joins other teeming admirers and family members of the University don to mourn his demise, we pray God to rest his soul in his bosom and give the family the strength to carry on.”
It can be recalled that on Monday 6th June, the news of Dr. Mike’s death was first released through the social media handles of School of Media and Communication Studies, Pan Atlantic University, Lagos.
The school described the departed Dean as an easy-going and affable personality, jolly good fellow who was always a good listener and one you could always count on for his support.
Meanwhile, Dr. Okolo joined the Pan-Atlantic University in 2004 as the Corporate Affairs Manager. In 2006, he moved to become a pioneer member of the newly-formed Centre for Media and Communication (CMC) and played a key role in the Centre’s establishment.