Human rights advocate/activist and Chairman, Petals 102.3, Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin, the Oyo State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Dr. Wasiu Olatubosun and Chairman, Agidigbo FM, Mr. Oriyomi Hamzat, on Wednesday, honoured the General Manager of Petals FM, Mr. Dotun Saseyi, with their presence at the launch of his book, ‘Radio Active’ on Wednesday.

The public presentation and unveiling of ‘Radio Active’ took place at the Olusegun Aganga Hall of the International Conference Centre, ICC, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

The book launch also have in attendance His Royal Majesty, the Onifiditi of Fiditi, Oba Adekola Oyelere; the Iba-Oluyole, Nureni Akanbi; a renowned Professor of Townplanning, Layi Egunjobi; as well as Ibadan-based fabrics merchant, Chief Y.K Abass,making other distinguished guests.

In her remarks, Dr. Okei-Odumakin described Saseyi, who is popularly called Maestro, as a man of integrity, who has played outstanding role and impacted the country, through his programmes on Petals FM.

She recalled that her first experience with Maestro, was as a guest on his programme ‘Democracy and the Rule of Law’, on a private owned television station in the country, Galaxy Television.

Expressing her admiration for Saseyi’s robust use of words and presentation, Dr Okei-Odumakin described him as a quintessential rare gem.

She equally thanked him for holding the forth as the helmsman at Petals FM, since the demise of her husband, Comrade Yinka Odumakin.

She said although he is responsible for the administration and business aspects of the radio station, he is fully involved in the station’s broadcasting operations, including producing, presenting and featuring as an in-house resource personality on some of the programmes.

While she challenged guests to pick a copy of the book and improve their reading culture, she expressed optimism that the book will make a robust contribution that will make Nigeria great again.

In his review, the reviewer of the book, Dr. Emma Jimoh, described the book as factual and indepth in analysis.

He applauded the unique medium of communication and expression, which he termed “Yoruba-glish.”

Dr Jimoh said, “Maestro adopted Achebe’s medium of Africanness; and the modern complexity of Prof. Wole Soyinka.”

He equally commended the semantic complexity of the book, the philosophical deepness and intellectual hardness in the literature.

Other attendees at the occasion praised Saseyi for his integrity, kindness and patriotism, adding that the book would serve as a useful publication for students and keen readers.

Expressing profound appreciation to his guests for taking time out of their tight schedule to grace the book launch, the author, Saseyi, said that the book was a form of solemn communication session and a vision for Yorubaland.

As seasoned journalist and broadcaster of high repute, Saseyi has traversed reputable media houses, including: Nigerian Tribune, Galaxy Television and TV Continental, TVC, where he was Head of Programmes, before pitching his tent with Petals 102.3 FM, one of the foremost radio stations in Ibadan, Oyo State, as the General Manager.


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