July 2020 has been tough for Nigeria. Many of its prominent citizens have died in the month, throwing the nation into mourning.
By Alao Abiodun
Here is a list of prominent Nigerians who died in July, 2020:
- Mallam Ismaila Isa Funtua
The former President of Newspapers Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN) Mallam Ismaila Isa Funtua died after driving himself to a hospital.
Funtua, born in Funtua in January 1942, was a Second Republic Minister of Water Resources in the late President Shehu Shagari administration and a member of the Constitutional Conference convoked by the late military dictator Gen. Sani Abacha.
Until his death, Funtua was one of the most influential politicians and businessmen in the country. He died on July 20.
In the early 1980s, he established The Democrat, an all-colour newspaper in Kaduna which became authoritative on political matters. His construction firm, Bulet, became a household after constructing the magnificent Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation.
He was a life patron of the NPAN and also a patron of the International Press Institute (IPI). He attended the Commercial College in Zaria, Federal Training Centre in Kaduna, the Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria, the University of Manchester, and was the Monitor-General of Course 9 of the Senior Executive Course at the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies.
- Tolulope Arotile
Arotile’s young career was halted on July 14, a Tuesday, when, according to the NAF, she was “inadvertently hit by the reversing vehicle of an excited former Air Force secondary school classmate while trying to greet her” in Kaduna.
Born in 1995, she was admitted into the Nigerian Defence Academy on September 22, 2012 and commissioned five years later.
She made history in October 2019 when she was winged as Nigeria’s first female combat helicopter pilot in the Air Force’s 55 years of existence.
An official release by the Nigerian Air Force says as of October 2019, Tolulope had acquired 460 hours (about 19 days) of flight within 14 months in flying a helicopter.
She was a native of Iffe area of Ijumu LGA of Kogi State and fourth child of her family attended the Air Force Primary (2000—2005) and Secondary Schools (2006—2011), Kaduna.
- Hon. Tunde Buraimoh
The Chairman, Committee on Information and Strategy of the Lagos Assembly, Tunde Buraimoh, died on July 10.
The late Buraimoh, who represented Kosofe Counstituency 2, was an active and eloquent member of the House.
Some of the lawmakers described Buraimoh’s death as a rude shock.
- Aminu Adisa Logun
The late Aminu Adisa Logun was the Chief of Staff to Kwara Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq.
A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Rafiu Ajakaye, said Logun died of COVID-19 complications, only few hours after result of test carried out on him returned positive.
He was 73.
He was described as an industrialist, a public intellectual and an elder statesman.
- Nomoreloss’ widow, Adeola Osinuga
The wife of late singer Nomoreloss, Adeola Osinuga also died in July, 2020.
Family sources said she died after battling a chronic ailment Fibromyalgia for over four years.
She was an On-Air Personality (OAP) with Rhythm 93.7 FM before she took ill.
It was gathered the ailment took a big toll, keeping her hospitalised and away from work.
- Popular radio presenter, Iya Jogbo
A popular Max FM Lagos radio presenter, Emmanuella Pobeni Adepoju, popularly known as Iya Jogbo, died on July 24.
According to the management of TVC Communications, owners of TVC, TVC News and Max FM Lagos and Abuja, Iya Jogbo died after a brief illness from bronchitis and an enlarged heart.
She was popular with the Wetin Dey show on Max FM.
- AbdulGaniyu Folorunsho Abdul-Razaq
The First Republic minister and ambassador to Ivory Coast, Alhaji AbdulGaniyu Folorunsho Abdul-Razaq, was the first lawyer from Northern Nigeria and father of Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara State.
He was 93.
The remains of the elder statesman were interred at his Idi-Igba family house in Ilorin, Kwara State capital, in accordance with Islamic traditions.
- Yoruba actor, Yusuf Satia
He was a popular Yoruba actor and singer.
Yusuf’s death was announced on Instagram by his popular colleague, Adekunle Afod.
- Dr. Michael Adeyeri
The late Dr. Michael Adeyeri was a former chairman of the Ondo State chapter of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA).
He reportedly died of COVID-19 complications.
Adeyeri died at the Federal Medical Centre, Owo.
- Jide Odekunle
The late Jide Odekunle was a former General Manager of the Lagos State Infrastructure Maintenance and Regulatory Agency (LASIMRA).
Odekunle served under former Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s administration for four years and 11 months.
He was until his death the Bobagunwa of Egbaland.
- Major General Sam Momah (Rtd)
Former Minister of Science and Technology, Major General Sam Momah (Rtd.) died on July 29.
He died on July 29 after complicated diabetic issues at 77.
- Pa Ayo Fasanmi
A prominent elder statesman and leader of Yoruba socio-cultural group Afenifere, Senator Ayo Fasanmi, died on July 30 at 94.