Nigerian Institute of Public Relations Mourns Osuji, says Nigeria has lost a PR Icon

The Nigerian Institute of Public Relations, Imo State Chapter, has joined prominent Nigerians who are mourning the death of one of Nigeria’s distinguished Public Relations figures and scholars. Dr. Chuks Osuji.

While the institute bemoaned his death, it recognized him as a doyen who had contributed significantly to the Chartered Institute for over four decades.

In a statement signed by Ever Bezze Nwosu, the Chairman of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations, (NIPR)
Imo State Chapter and Comrade Destiny Akunesi, Public Relations Executive, the institute said Dr. Osuji's active involvement in monthly chapter meetings, national annual general meetings, and conferences served as a beacon of inspiration for emerging practitioners. 

The statement reads," His profound contributions, incisive lectures, and exemplary professional conduct have left an indelible mark on the public relations community.

"Returning to Nigeria in 1985, Dr. Osuji joined Alvan Ikoku College of Education, Owerri, as a lecturer. His dedication led to his appointment as the director of Mass Mobilization for Social and Economic Recovery (MAMSER) for the Imo and Anambra states during President Ibrahim Babangida's regime.

"As the Chairman of the Imo State Chapter from 1988 to 1994, Dr. Osuji secured a significant building for the State Chapter's Secretariat, unfortunately dispossessed by a former Imo state government. The chapter respectfully requests the return of the Secretariat to honor and immortalize this PR icon.

"A fellow of the NIPR, Dr. Osuji's influence extended nationally and internationally, serving on the governing council of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations and participating in various global PR associations.

"Despite facing visual impairment in 1998, Dr. Osuji displayed remarkable resilience, authoring 20 books, with six focusing on public relations. His literary works spanned diverse topics, showcasing his commitment to the profession.

"In 2006, the Federal Government recognized Dr. Osuji's contributions, honoring him with the Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON) award. A devout Christian, he was elected to the holy Sacred Order of the Knight of St. Christopher in 2002.

"On Thursday 21 December, 2023, we shall gather to witness the internment of this 88-year-old enigma at Ihitteafoukwu in Ahiazu Mbaise LGA Imo state.

"Dr. Osuji's legacy as a patriot, public opinion expert, nation builder, and PR icon will forever resonate within our hearts. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family during this challenging time, and we humbly submit to the will of God."

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