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Business mogul, Sunny Odogwu, dies at 87

Late Chief Sunny Iwedike Odogwu and his wife

The people of Delta State were thrown into mourning yesterday as the death of Nigerian business mogul, Chief Sunday Odogwu, filtered in.

As the Ide of Ahaba’s death has to be formally communicated by the Asagba’s palace, a family source, who pleaded anonymity, said that the business mogul died in the early hours of yesterday at age 87.

Odogwu, the owner of the popular Grand Hotel, Asaba, was the publisher of the defunct Post Express newspaper.

Born on March 20, 1931, in Cross Rivers State, Odogwu who hailed from Asaba, Delta State, had his secondary education at Ilesha Grammar School, Osun State, and thereafter joined an insurance firm to work as a trainee.

Odogwu established the Sunny Iwedike Odogwu (SIO) Group of Companies, a firm with investment in property development, shipping, finance, industrial relations and hotel management.

He also established Robert Dyson and Diket, an insurance brokerage firm, in addition to the trading store as a side business in Lagos Island.

Speaking to journalists on phone, a youth leader of Asaba community, Mr. Adolf Elue, expressed shock over the death of the businessman.

Odogwu is survived by his wife, Theresa, and nine children.

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