Nigerian veteran broadcaster, Elder Kalu Eke Nsi, has passed on after a protracted illness, he was aged 77. Before he retired, Kalu Nsi was a network newscaster with Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria for many years.
Born in 1939 to late Nna Eke Nsi and Late Madam Ugo Eke both of Amafia compound Asaga – Ohafia, Abia State Nigeria. Kalu Eke had his early education at Hope Waddell Training Institution, Calabar, he obtained his West Africa School Certificate in Grade One in 1956.
Motivated by articulate broadcasters on Nigeria Broadcasting Service Calabar, young Kalu Nsi got hooked to the Industry, after a brief stint as a clerk in Barclays Bank, Port Harcourt. In 1967, he was recruited by the Nigerian Broadcasting Service (NBS) and trained as a Programme Operator in Lagos. On his return to Enugu, he was deployed as an Announcer because of a problem in that section at that time. A career that was to span two decades 1967 – 1987.
His earlier training as a programme Operator, later came handy in his judgments of programme outputs.
Kalu Eke attended a number of courses on personnel Management in Ascon Lagos and radio broadcasting in England. He acquired considerable experience as a news-reader, commentator on Sports, Special Events, Ceremonials and as a producer. He worked in several departments of the broadcasting industry in Lagos, Calabar, Benin and Enugu. At a stage in his career, all those who had cause to perform in English on Radio Nigeria had to be auditioned and approved by him.
Kalu Nsi served as Director of Programmes Imo Broadcasting Corporation in 1982, 1983 and part of 1987, between 1984 to 1987 he served as chief Press Secretary to the Military Governors of old Imo State; General Ike Nwachukwu, Rear Admiral Alison Madueke and Late Amadi Ikwechegh. He was ordained as an Elder of the Presbyterian Church of Nigeria Owerri Parish in 1996, he also holds the Chieftaincy title Okoko Iche of Ohafor Abam.
Kalu Nsi was a member of Several Boards; from 1996 to 1997 member of the Abia State Primary Education Board, member of the Society of Nigerian Broadcasters and the Institute of Public Relations and Nigerian Institute of Public Relations. He was also a member of some international organizations like; International Biographical Center Advisory Council, Cambridge, England.
He is the author of the book – IKE THE MAN – a biography and speeches of Brigadier Ike Nwachukwu Military Governor of Imo State 1984.
Kalu Eke Nsi was a pioneer, he represented the old Imo state on the board of National Directorate of Employment, the first patron of National Association of Imo State Students, University of Sokoto Chapter.
His passion for broadcasting was infectious, at one point in his life he offered voluntary services to Broadcasting Corporation of Abia State, he was the author of the book, ‘’ RADIO BROADCASTING The Nigerian Experience’’. In 2002, he received ‘’the Africast Broadcast Award” for Broadcast Veterans.
Survived by, wife Mrs Nkolika Nsi and four children and many grand children, Elder Kalu Eke Nsi, will be laid to rest in his country home at No. 3 iyi Opele Road, Asaga, Ohafia L.G.A, Abia State on Saturday 10th of December, 2016.