Julie Coker is a former television journalist and broadcaster. She was a familiar face in television broadcasting in Nigeria during the beginning of the industry.
She was the queen of the tube and TV presenter par excellence.
She belongs to the first generation of female broadcasters in Nigeria. She is a boundary breaker and a woman who scores firsts. The 82-year-old Julie started her broadcasting career at WNTV Ibadan and was the first female to read the network news which had hitherto been read only by her male counter parts.
Julie, who was most famous for her silken voice and smooth delivery on TV, was a metaphor for excellence, has remained a role model for young women aspiring to be broadcasters. Her radiant looks held her viewers spellbound and wanting for more all through her life on the screen.
She was one of the pioneer staff of Western Nigeria Television (WNTV), alongside Anike Agbaje-Williams.
In the course of her career which spanned for about 30 years, she was actively involved in every sphere of television programming, grew to become one of the first women to run commentaries during the first All African Games in Algiers. During her TV career, Julie, mother of the television screen, who is a first cousin to the talented international songstress, Sade Adu, is a modest personality both on and off screen.
Julie was a metaphor for excellence, the first Miss Nigeria at 18 and later on to become Miss West Africa. The beauty queen with the catchy unforgettable name for a long time has remained a role model for many young women aspiring to be broadcasters. Her radiant looks held her viewers spellbound and wanting more.
An accomplished news anchor and author, Julie, who is gracefully aging, has no doubt left her footprints on the sands of Nigerian television industry.
Julie, a restless soul and one who is continually in search and discovery of her enormous potentials, had also ventured into the eternal murky waters of politics, but without success.
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