Oluwole Awolowo dies at 70

Publisher/Vice chairman of the African Newspapers of Nigeria (ANN) Plc, publishers of the Tribune titles, Chief Oluwole Awolowo is dead. He was aged 70. Oluwole, son of the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, died at 5.40pm Nigerian time at Wellington Hospital, St. Johnswood, London, United Kingdom yesterday.

A statement issued last night by Mr. Edward Dickson, managing director, ANN Plc, said Oluwole Awolowo’s death followed complications arising from a car crash he was involved in on September 30, 2006. The statement reads further: “He had been in and out of hospital, home and abroad, since he was involved in the ghastly accident seven years ago on the Lagos–Ibadan Expressway.

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“Despite his health challenges following the accident, Chief Awolowo devoted his life to the service of God and was deeply involved in evangelical activities. In the past four years, he authored a Christian column, OBA’s LECTERN, in the Sunday Tribune.”

The statement described the deceased as having fought a good fight and had gone to rest with his Maker, while requesting for prayers for the Awolowo family and the ANN. Chief Oluwole Awolowo was born on December 3, 1942. He attended the prestigious Ibadan Grammar School in Oyo State and the Leighton Park School, Reading, Berdshire, England.

He was also at the famous Leeds College of Commerce where he read Business Studies. Among other places, he worked in the Nigerian Tobacco Company, Ibadan; the Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation; and the Nigerian Television Service, Lagos.

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