Versatile Sports Journalist Kayode Tijani Dies at 55

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By Dipo Olowookere

An ace sports journalist, Mr Kayode Tijani, has died at the age of 55 after a protracted illness at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja.

Business Post gathered that Mr Tijani breathed his last on Wednesday, February 7, 2024, and would be buried on Thursday at the Atan Cemetery in Yaba, Lagos at 2.00 pm.

The deceased, who is survived by his wife, children, siblings and other relatives, studied at the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Ogba, Lagos.

He started his sports journalism career as a reporter in 1987 at Complete Communications Limited, publishers of Complete Football magazine and Complete Sports newspapers.

He later moved to the defunct Fame Magazine as the sports editor and thereafter moved to England, where he worked with BEN TV.

After his return to Nigeria, the deceased established a media outfit known as Sport Xclusive and produced independent programmes aired on different media platforms.

During his lifetime, he interviewed several sports personalities and was once the Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to the late former Minister of Sports, Mr Alex Akinyele. He also covered many sporting events across the world, including the World Cup, the African Cup of Nations (AFCON), the Olympics, and the Champions Leagues, among others.

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