The Association of Liberian Journalists in the Americas (ALJA) has said the death of veteran Liberian Journalist, former deputy General of the Liberia News Agency (LINA), Mr. Joseph Gbadyu is a loss to Liberia and the journalism profession.
The Vice President of the Association, Mr. Joe Mason on behalf of his organization made the statement recently on May 29th 2017 at the home of the Mrs. Palmahn Gbayu-Cooper, daughter of the deceased, in Coon Rapids, Minnesota, during a visit of a delegation from ALJA to console the bereaved family.
Mr. Mason said ALJA considers Mr. Gbadyu one of the many pioneers in the broadcast profession who blazed the trail for the current core of journalists, expressively noted how the Association was deeply saddened by his death.
Giving a brief bio of the deceased, Mr. Mason the deceased distinguished himself while serving as a news reporter at the ELWA Radio Station where his journalism career began in 1958. Mr. Gbadyu’s journalistic sojourn would see him rise to the position of Director of Broadcasting at the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism from 1965 to 1972.
Mr. Gbadyu also served the Liberian government in various capacities including Supervisor of schools for Grand Bassa County from 1976 to 1980, Superintendent of Grand Bassa from 1976 to 1980 and Deputy Minister for Operations, Production and Coordination at the Ministry of Internal Affairs from 1981 to 1982.
Mrs. Cooper thanked the ALJA delegation for the visit and the show of support demonstrated since the death of their father. The chairman of the Minnesota Chapter of ALJA, Mr. Patrick Kugmeh, a colleague of the deceased, was also in attendance.
According to family sources, Mr. Gbadyu was a man who symbolized cultural dignity and took seriously his traditional responsibilities. He is known to have kept historical record of the Bassa tribe and is the author of “The Bassa man and the Expansion of the Liberian State, 1847-1912.
Mr. Gbadyu died on May 14th in Minnesota after a period of illness. He is survived by his wife, Esther and a host of family members. Wake keeping over the remains will be held at the Holy Ghost Revival for All Nations Church in Champlin, Minnesota. Funeral services will take place at the Flanner & Buchanan Funeral Center in Indianapolis, Indiana on June 10th at 11am.
ALJA is a conglomeration of retired and current Liberian journalists residing in the Americas. The Association was founded in 1998 in Washington, D.C. ALJA seeks to foster camaraderie, peace, and unity amongst its members and their American counterparts. The Association is also, dedicated to the advancement of good governance, free speech, and press freedom in Liberia.
The release signed by the organization’s Secretary General, Gardea Varney Woodson, and approved by the President, Moses D. Sandy concluded