By Tony Nwanne
Anike Agbaje-Williams is the first African woman to appear on television as a presenter. As the veteran newscaster and presenter celebrated her 80th birthday, she received a congratulatory message from President Muhammadu Buhari.
In a statement issued by Femi Adesina, the President’s special adviser on media and publicity in Abuja on Saturday, October 29, President Buhari joins the Williams’ family, friends and the vibrant media profession, in celebrating the broadcaster.
Anike Williams is renowned for her sonorous voice with which she ruled the industry for more than 30 years. The president describes Williams as one of the pioneer African television broadcasters, better known as ‘‘Africa’s First Lady of the Tube’’, started out early with the first television station in Africa in 1959, Western Nigeria Television (WNTV). It was also noted that the veteran journalist worked hard to inform, educate and entertain her listeners. The statement said in part: “She also worked hard to sustain the legacy of Chief Obafemi Awolowo, who established the WNTV, as a ‘surrogate teacher’.
Also, the President commended her courage and her great spirit. And he prayed that God would grant her longer life, good health and more strength in her new found love for singing in the choir after her retirement.