The world is still reeling from the news of the death of Nigeria’s top sports journalist, who mentored and propelled many young journalists in the country to become heavyweights in the media industry today.
Dr. Sunny Obazu-Ojeagbase died on the eve of Monday, February 28, 2022, according to his son, Mr. Julius Ojeagbase; and according to a press statement that also chronicled the life and times of the journalism great and founder of Complete Complete Sports Newspaper, he died far away, in Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America, after a brief illness.
The following is the complete biography and profile of Dr. Sunny Obazu-Ojeagbase as provided by Ejes Gist Newspaper
Sunny Ojeagbase Biography, Wikipedia and Profile Summary.
|Full name:||Sunny Obazu-Ojeagbase|
|Date of birth:||31st December 1950|
|Date of death||26th February 2022|
|Place of death||Osogbo, Osun State|
|Place of death:||Atlanta Georgia, United States of America|
|Profession||Businessman, motivational speaker and journalist|
Ojeagbase, or S.O as he is known, is from Uzebba, Iuleha, Edo State’s Owan West Local Government.
The late Ojeagbase was a media mogul who rose to prominence as Nigeria’s first sports news publisher when he founded Sports Souvenir weekly newspaper in 1984. Complete Sports Newspaper, Success Digest, and other publications are among his most well-known.
In the mid-1970s, he began his career in sports writing as a stringer for the Daily Times newspapers.
Dr. Ojeagbase rose quickly through sheer talent, determination, and hard work, eventually becoming sports editor of the Sunday Concord newspapers in 1980 and the sports editor of The Guardian newspapers in 1983.
Sunny Obazu-Ojeagbase Early Years.
Dr. Sunny Obazu-Ojeagbase was a Nigerian soldier before retiring and entering the field of sports journalism. He began with the Daily Times and rose through the ranks to become Sports Editor of the now-defunct Concord Newspaper. In 1984, he moved to The Guardian newspaper, where he later resigned to pursue his dream of becoming an entrepreneur.
Sunny Obazu-Ojeagbase Wife
Pastor (Mrs.) Esther Ojeagbase is the wife of Dr. Sunny Obazu Ojeagbase, who later changed his name to Emmanuel.
Sunny Obazu-Ojeagbase Children
The late doyen of sports journalism had a slew of biological and adopted children, as well as grandchildren.
Between 1984 and 1994, Ojeagbase introduced several other pioneering sports titles into the Nigerian sports market, including Complete Football magazine, Complete Football International (CFI), and International Soccer Review (ISR).
Surprisingly, the Complete Football titles were instrumental in ensuring Nigeria’s first appearance at the FIFA World Cup in the United States in 1994, as well as the country’s gold medal win in football at the Atlanta ’96 Olympic Games in the United States.
In 1995, Ojeagbase launched Complete Sports as Nigeria’s No. 1 daily sports newspaper, sandwiched between those two historic events in Nigerian sports.
In 1994, Ojeagbase co-founded the Success Attitude Development Centre (SADC) with his wife, Pastor (Mrs) Esther Ojeagbase, with the vision and mission of teaching young Nigerian entrepreneurs how to start, run, and succeed in their businesses.
To say the least, SADC has gone on to produce and inspire thousands of successful entrepreneurs, many of whom are now labour employers, who are Ojeagbase’s protégés.
Awards and honours received by Dr. Sunny Obazu-Ojeagbase.
Ojeagbase is the epitome of a self-made man who was obsessed with learning, as evidenced by a massive library brimming with books on business management, leadership, entrepreneurship, and related subjects.
He received an honorary Doctorate degree from a different institution for his achievements as an entrepreneur, despite having a Diploma in Journalism from the University of Lagos.
For his contributions to sports journalism, publishing, business mentorship, and entrepreneurship, he has received numerous awards and accolades.
Pastor Ojeagbase was a source of strength for his immediate and extended families, as well as a generous benefactor to tens of thousands of people.
For young journalists and contemporaries alike, he created and facilitated groundbreaking opportunities and jobs. His philanthropy and generosity were boundless.
Despite being a Pastor, he was completely detribalized and was extremely tolerant and unbiased toward people of other faiths. He was a good man at heart as well as a great man in terms of accomplishments.
A condolence register was opened at Complete Sports headquarters, Plot 9, Alhaji Adenekan Street, Okota, Lagos, and at SADC headquarters, No. 36, Esuola Street, Off Ago Palace Way, Okota, Lagos, following his death at the age of 71.
He is said to have died in Atlanta Georgia, United States of America after a brief illness.
Sunny Obazu-Ojeagbase Net Worth.
His Net Worth is not available at the time of compiling this biography.