Right there at the Agege Stadium in Lagos to report the crucial match between Akwa United FC of Uyo versus Enyimba FC of Aba at the NPFL Super 6, the boss’s message dropped, do a release for the appointment of 6 new staff.
Me a passionate Sport reporter who has partially lost objective because of my love for the my State team Akwa United knew concentration was out for both task. To make it worse, Akwa United was in desperate need of a win to take something out of the tournament.
Boom! I left the stands to the car park and leaned on one to start work. The content was ready and time to push it out to the public. I cross checked my work , my lack of concentration said to me PERFECT.
Release was out in the public . No caption as PRESS RELEASE. First shocker. Then that gracious call from my predecessor Kufre Okon came. In his usual mild tone, Anny I know you where not settled, I have spotted errors on it which I think you should attempt to correct. I did correct mine, you can see it. By the way the story of Kufre’s spirit and support to me since my appointment has been amazing and some day I will tell the story. I can only say for now, his kind are rare.
What any Media will dare, happened. Gringing! Gringing! Gringing, the boss calls. Anny tell so so person to correct the release on her timeline. Oh! I am sorry Sir about the error. And he responds, no it is not about me, and the message was clear. My image and content was now fully in the public court. There I will be judged. There , there maybe no mercy, I have to be on top of my game.
Then I reached out to someone I hold in very high esteem. The State Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party Comrade Ini Ememobong. Sir I have goofed on my first Press Release. He laughed and repeated severally Press Release! Then I said, Sir you are laughing when you are suppose to advise me. Again he said Press Release. His words came very subtly NEVER RUSH A PRESS RELEASE. It sank.
Several calls and messages from well wishers started pouring in to draw my attention to my errors and on all I said was thank you.
My boss the Rt Hon (Barr) Onofiok Luke Member representing Etinan/Nsit Ibom/Nsit Ubium Federal Constituency is known for excellence. How could his Media Aide had put out such poor release out? Big crime in the public court. Anyway my boss has pardoned me but I really don’t want to leave on pardon on this job, so I have chosen to rather learn my vital lesson on the first day. For me it is good I started this way before I think I am infallible and perfect. I have come on this job , just as I am. A human being Aniekan Udofia.