The journalist, who worked with the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and Thompson Reuters, died in in Johannesburg, South Africa, after a long battle with motor neuron disease (ALS).
His death was confirmed in a statement by his family on Wednesday, August 10.
The statement reads: “He died peacefully in Johannesburg, South Africa surrounded by his family.
“John is survived by his wife Winnie ‘Chizi’ Chiahemen; daughters: Ide Wise (UK) Fanen Chiahemen (Canada), and Mimi Chiahemen (US); grandson, Finley Hemen Kanyin Wise (UK); son-in-law, Ben Wise (UK).
“He is also survived by brothers and sisters, including Tom Chiahemen, Abuja-based Media & PR Consultant and Publisher, NATIONAL ACCORD Newspaper and larger family in Nigeria and Kenya. He will be greatly missed.”
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