Globe Motor Chairman, Williams Anumudu, Dies At 68

Nigeria’s biggest auto dealers, Chief Willy Anumudu has died at 68. The Chairman of GLOBE MOTORS, Victoria Island, suffered some health challenges a few days ago and “was tested for COVID-19 which came out negative”.

Williams Anumudu

He was to be air-lifted to Germany this morning April 21st according to ovation publisher Dele Momodu who shared the sad news on his official twitter handle but he later died about 4 am. A jolly good fellow, Willy was everybody’s friend and a prominent Lagos socialite.

Newly weds Jacobs and Enyinnaya Anumudu with groom’s parent,
William and Nkiru Anumudu

As at the time of his death, he was happily married to his effervescent wife, NKIRU, who sadly was in London when the tragedy occurred in Lagos early this morning. He is survived by four children, UZOMA, EYINNA, ZINNA and ZIKKY

Iyabo Osadare is Dead after a Long Battle with Cancer

Iyabo Bukky Osadare Nollywood actress is dead. The thespian died on Wednesday, November 27, 2019, years after being diagnosed with cancer of the breast. Her death was confirmed by actress, Ronke Oshodioke on Instagram.

Late Iyabo Bukky Osadare

Bukola, an orphan was reportedly abandoned by her husband after she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014 and a campaign was raised to donate the sum of N35m to help fight the disease. She was the makeup artist for Jennifer Part 1& 2, Taiwo Taiwo, Iro funfun, Ayelujara & host of others. She also dropped the makeup boxes to appear in some scenes like Jide Kosoko’s sister-in-law in the Jennifer part 1.

Iyabo Bukky Osada

Ronke OshodiOke in a video shared on her Instagram page, she thanked Nigerians for their help. She wrote, “I want to thank everyone who stood by Iyabo, may her soul RIP.”

Professor David Tam-West, Ex Minister Dies at 83 years

Former Minister of Petroleum and Energy, Professor David Tam-West dies at 83 years.

He was a consultant virologist of national and international standing. He was equally a lecturer at the University of Ibadan for years.

Late David Tam West

David-West was a petroleum minister under General Muhammadu Buhari in the 1980s and became an ardent supporter of his former boss when Buhari embraced democracy.

After he was prosecuted (and later acquitted) by the Ibrahim Babaginda-regime, for working against the interest of the country, he quit partisan politics and essentially became a social critic.

David-West believed fervently that selfishness, at the leadership and followership level, was the root of Nigeria’s woes. He spoke against the country’s high rate of corruption and the high cost of governance.

The former Minister, who died after being admitted to the University College Hospital Ibadan, was an elder statesman who was courted by the media for his views on issues of national significance. He died on Monday at about 11 am. This happened 11 days after he was admitted.

A bright academic

David-West was born in Buguma, Kalabari, in what is now Rivers State. He received his higher education at the University of Ibadan (1956–1958) and earned a BSc degree at Michigan State University (1958–1960), an MSc degree at Yale University (1960–1962), and a Ph.D. degree at McGill University (1964–1966). 

He was at Yale when Nigeria attained independence. 

“I was the president of International students at Yale,” he said during an interview in 2018. “When we had independence, the international students in Yale held a party for Nigeria. I was very proud of Nigeria.”

After his studies, he returned to Nigeria and became a consultant virologist and senior lecturer at the University of Ibadan in 1969. He was subsequently promoted to professor of virology in 1975.

As an academic, he was the author of academic papers in virology that appeared in scholarly journals such as Journal of Pathology and Bacteriology (1966), Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (1973), Intervirology (1974), and Journal of Hygiene (1974). 

He also wrote the book ‘Philosophical Essays: Reflections on the Good Life’ (1980), in which he described himself as a follower of British analytic philosopher and social critic, Bertrand Russell. 

David-West’s lecture in philosophy “God, Nature and the Universe” was delivered at the University of Ibadan in 1981.

He continued to write and publish until his later years. At 82, he ate once a day and only slept for four hours. “Ïf I eat twice, I will be lazy, I will not be able to work,” he said.

Sojourn into public service

Between 1975 and 1979, David-West served in government as commissioner of education and a member of the Executive Council of Rivers State.

He was also a member of the 50-person Constitution Drafting Committee for the Federal Military Government of General Murtala Muhammed.

Under the military government of Muhammadu Buhari, he served as federal minister of petroleum and energy and as minister of mines, power, and steel under General Ibrahim Babangida.

 He was eventually removed as a minister and arrested by the Babangida regime for allegedly contributing to the economic adversity of the country, but he was discharged and acquitted by a Special Appeal Court on 8 August 1991.

After he was acquitted, David-West decided to, largely, stay out of partisan politics and morphed into an outspoken and controversial critic of successive governments.

However, he was a vocal supporter of Buhari, his former boss, with whom he had developed a chummy relationship.

Before his death, he wrote two books about Buhari: Who Really Is General Muhammadu Buhari and The Sixteen ‘Sins’ of General Muhammadu Buhari? The first was launched in 2009, the second in 2010.

 “I must mention that General Buhari was kept in the dark about both projects,” David-West said. “I only informed him some two weeks to the launching. I don’t have to consult him to tell the truth about him.”

A critic-al evolution

As a critic, David-West criticized the ‘unconstitutionality’ of the advisory council established by President Goodluck Jonathan in 2010, and he voiced caution against government unreservedly opening its doors to United States intelligence.

Despite their long-standing friendship, he suggested that Buhari shouldn’t contest the 2019 elections and criticised plans to establish cattle ranches across the country.

 “First, you (Buhari) were accused that you wanted to Islamise Nigeria and it is completely false,” he said. “If you now allow different states in different parts of the country, to establish special places for ranching, would people not say it is a means of establishing colonies for Islamic groups?”

But that didn’t dampen their relationship. When David-West clocked 82 a month after he made the comments, Buhari acknowledged him. 

“The president believes Mr David-West’s contribution to the economic and political architecture of Nigeria and his clear reasoning, wisdom and guidance through all the transition phases to democracy will always be remembered and respected,” Presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, said.

After his death was confirmed on Monday, President Buhari described David-West as his friend and “a brilliant virologist” who “had an indomitable spirit, stood resolutely by whatever he believed in, and was in a class of his own.”

Charly Boy Loses Mom at 101

Margaret Ntianu Oputa, the mother to popular Nigerian activist, Charles Oputa popularly known as Charly Boy, has passed on at the age of 101.

The 67-year-old activist broke the news on his Instagram page, revealed she died on October 8, 2019. Sharing a photo with her, he captioned: “I wish to announce the death of our Mother Mrs Margaret Ntianu Oputa nee Onumonu which occurred Tuesday the 8th of October, 2019.”

Charly Boy also penned down an emotional farewell message to his beloved mother. He wrote: “My dearest Mother, You couldn’t just wait for me to come back before you sneaked away to the great beyond.⚰️Now all I have are beautiful loving Kodak memories of our times together. You tried for me, for us and many of the people who were privileged to encounter your kindness and your love. Thank you for allowing me take care of you.❤️ Thank you for being That Great Woman who gave birth to The Icon, CharlyBoy. Thank you for teaching me how to care, to love, to live a simple and humble Life. Thank you for constantly reminding of my pedigree and my very Rich Heritage. I wish you would have waited just one more day, but I guess you didn’t want me to see you go, because as usual I would have talked you out of it, I know we both hate goodbyes. Greet Papa when you see him, tell him I have been holding forth. Gallant as ever. Love you my Darling Mother. RIP.”