Publicity at all costs
There are some delegates who are so desperate to be interviewed by the media, particularly the television stations.
This reporter was discussing with a cameraman of an Abuja-based television station during lunch time at the conference yesterday when the man hurriedly excused himself and hid somewhere. Moments, the journalist reappeared. He pointed at two lady delegates walking out of the hall and said that he hid because of them.
“You see I hid because of these women delegates. Before you know it they would start asking you to interview them. They always asked to be interviewed when they come across you,” he said.
The colleague said the other day another lady delegate complained that she “spent the whole evening watching the television but she didn’t see her interview.”
Ladies are not the only delegates who crave publicity at all costs. There are men who are always before the cameras talking or addressing clusters of newsmen on the sidelines. Prominent among them is a lawyer from the Niger Delta, a religious leader from the South-West and many others.