Timawus Mathias, is a seasoned broadcaster, writer, and media consultant who served from 1983 to 1991 when he officially retired from active duty.
Mathias, who began his career as a broadcaster with the Nigerian Television Authority Yola before opening his own practice in the media industry for more than 50 years, passed away at the age of 73.
He was honored by President Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retired) when he turned 70 in 2018
The renowned broadcaster, who was born on December 5th, 1948, passed away after suffering from a long-term illness on Friday at the age of 73.
Timawus Mathias in August recovered from a 5-week coma.
Long before his passing, the NTA honored him by naming its Yola office complex in his honor. He was called a legend.
The AIT Yola office of DAAR Communication is also referred to as the “father of journalism in the state” by some.
Timawus, who joined the AIT after leaving the NTA, was a director in charge of the entire North East operation of the AIT, with the Yola office serving as his base, according to Bashir Abdullahi, the Head of Yola Station of the AIT, who broke the news of Timawus’ death to the Adamawa media community Friday afternoon.
At the time of publication, Chief Timawus’ family had not yet commented on his passing, but a number of sources had already done so.
Timawus’ passing was described as startling by Governor Ahmadu Fintiri in a condolence message issued to DAILY POST at 4:16 PM.
Fintiri stated that the late veteran journalist was a superb role model “who leaves behind a rich legacy that should be emulated” in the statement that was signed by his press secretary, Humwashi Wonosikou.
The late Timawus Mathias was a Bachama from Numan, the traditional seat of what is known as the Numan Federation in Adamawa State.