Sunny Ojeagbase, publisher of Complete Sports Newspaper has died at the age of 71.
Glamtush reports that Sunny Ojeagbase, a trailblazer who was the first to publish a sport daily in Nigeria has died after a brief illness on Saturday, February 26, in Atlanta, United States of America (USA), according to a statement signed by Mr Julius on behalf of the family read.
Dr. Ojeagbase was born in Uzebba, Iuleha, in Edo State’s Owan West Local Government.
Sunny Ojeagbase (or simply “S.O.” before he added Emmanuel to his name) was a media entrepreneur who rose to prominence as the pioneer publisher of sports news in Nigeria when he founded Sports Souvenir weekly newspaper in 1984.
He was previously a retired Nigerian soldier who began his career in sports writing as a stringer for the Daily Times newspapers in the mid-1970s.
He rose fast through sheer talent, drive, and hard work, eventually being named sports editor of Sunday Concord newspapers in 1980 and sports editor of The Guardian newspapers in 1983.
In 1984, he left The Guardian to pursue his dream of becoming an entrepreneur.
Dr. Sunny Emmanuel Ojeagbase is survived by his wife, Pastor (Mrs.) Esther, his children both biological and adopted, as well as grandchildren and other relatives. He will also be sorely missed by friends, mentees, and business associates.
A condolence register has been opened at Complete Sports headquarters at Plot 9, Alhaji Adenekan Street, Okota, Lagos; and at SADC headquarters, No. 36, Esuola Street, Off Ago Palace Way, Okota, Lagos.
This online platform understands that the burial arrangements will be announced by the family.