Member Representing Warri Federal Constituency at the Federal House of Representatives Abuja, Hon. Chief Thomas Ereyitomi has congratulated ace Television Broadcaster, Chief Julie Coker on her 80th birthday celebration.
Chief Ereyitomi described Chief Coker as a dogged and extraordinary woman who took part as at 1955, when Television station took over the airwaves in Nigeria, noting that the Ace TV broadcast was the first Female Newscaster in Sub-Saharan Africa at a very younger age when the broadcast media industry was dominated by nearly all men affairs.
The Warri Federal House of Representative member noted that the First female newscaster in Sub-Saharan Africa committed her energy in the art world leading to the blossoming of the industry beyond imagination, even though she may not always get the credit as expected.
Chief Julie Coker’s hails from Warri , she’s maternally from Itsekiri, Warri, Delta State , she won the first edition of Miss Midwest Nigeria in 1958 and emerged as 1st runner-up at the Miss Nigeria contest same year, that opened doors for her then as young lady, she attended Holy Child College, Lagos and was Initially employed as a receptionist at Western Nigeria Television Service, she eased into her niche as a Newscaster when her Senior colleague, Mrs. Anike Agbaje-Williams, proceeded on maternity leave from that time, Julie Coker became a household name in Nigerian TV. She has over the years helped groom a generation of women (and men) in TV in Africa’s most populous Nation.
Hon. Ereyitomi added that the broadcast legend has acted and featured in so many movies, distinguished herself, even as entertainment promoter and lover of children, the Warri Rep member congratulated the multiple award winner both in Nigeria and across the shores of Nigeria for making Warri Federal Constituency and Delta State very proud.