Business Mogul, Philanthropist and Edo born Politician Hosa Wells Okunbo also known as Captain Hosa Okunbo is dead.
Captain Hosa Okunbo died this Sunday morning, August 8, 2021, in a London hospital after a protracted battle with pancreatic cancer at 63.
Captain Hosa Okunbo, a professional pilot, politician and philanthropist, died last night (Saturday) 12 months after doctors said he had nine months to live.
“Hosa, whose health had remarkably improved following treatments in London and German hospitals, was planning to return to Nigeria next week to attend the coronation of the new Olu of Warri, Tsola Emiko, who is married to his daughter, Ivie. “He had his new Lagos home decorated and even bought a new Rolls Royce for the new king,”
“Hosa’s health took a bad turn a few days ago. He had close family members with him in London when he died, our sources said.”
The Benin, Edo State, billionaire and philanthropist is remembered for having running battles with the Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA) over alleged illegal collection from shippers by his company and with his home state governor, Godwin Obaseki, whose re-election he vowed to stop last year but failed to do so.
In mid-January this year, Capt Hosa Okunbo, who was the Chairman, Ocean Marine Solutions Limited, was rumoured to have died. Still, his family quashed the rumours, explaining that he “immediately after the September 19, 2020, Edo State governorship election, travelled to the United Kingdom, for his routine medical checkup.”
The funeral arrangement, according to the family source, will be announced shortly.
It is not clear what impact captain Hosa’s demise will have on the coronation ceremony of the new Olu of Warri, Tsola Emiko.
The new Olu of Warri is married to Ivie, the daughter of captain Hosa Okunbo.
Late Okunbo, popularly called Cappy, was born January 7, 1958. He attended Government Primary School, Benin City, Edo State; Federal Government College, Warri, Delta State; Nigerian Civil Aviation Training Centre, Zaria, Kaduna State, and ACME School of Aeronautics, Fort Worth, Texas, USA.
Aged 30 in 1988, and having logged over 7,000 hours of flight time, Okunbo retired and went into private business. His business interests span agro-allied, petroleum, telecommunications, power, real estate and the banking sectors.
Some of his firms are Hoslyn Ventures Nigeria Ltd., CMES-OMS Petroleum Development Company, Wells Carlton Hotel and Apartments, Wells San-Carlos Agro Farms Ltd, Ocean Marine Security Ltd.
Others are Westminster Security Solutions Nigeria Ltd., Wells Group of Companies, and Wells Entertainments Ltd.
Rest In Peace Great Man Of Honor.