Buhari Celebrates Julie Coker At 80

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Julie Coker

PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has sent a congratulatory message to ace broadcaster and one-time beauty queen, Chief Julie Coker, on her 80th birthday.

In a statement in Abuja by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, the President said Chief Coker’s talents shot her into the limelight, being a former beauty queen.

“President Buhari warmly felicitates with multi-talented artiste and veteran broadcaster, Chief Julie Coker, on her 80th birthday, joining the creative industry to celebrate the iconic culture ambassador, musician, and author.

“President Buhari congratulates the Yeye Eto of Lagos for a sterling career in journalism and performing arts, coming into the limelight as a female broadcaster in Africa’s first television station, Western Nigerian Television (WNTV, Ibadan), which started transmission on October 31, 1959, and sustaining the grace in Nigerian Television Service (NTV Lagos), now Nigerian Television Authority (NTA).

“As a former beauty queen, Miss Western Nigeria Competition, 1958, and runner-up at a Miss Nigeria contest, the President believes Chief Coker’s talent brought her into the spotlight at an early age and has consistently sustained her growing influence over the years, both within and outside the country.”

“President Buhari rejoices with family members, friends, and professional associates of the exceptional broadcaster, who continues to project the country to the world by accepting leadership roles in culture and tourism in the United Kingdom (UK) and United States (U.S.A).

“The President prays that the Almighty God will grant Chief Coker longer life, good health, and more grace to pursue and actualize her dreams of making life better for others,” the statement said.

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