The Man Who Looked Up When Others Looked Down: Ize-Iyamu Pens Glowing Tribute to Late Captain Okunbo

The All Progressives Congress (APC) flag bearer in last year's guber elections in Edo State, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu has paid tribute to the late Captain Hosa Wells Okunbo, stating that the late Okunbo was a man of great spirit, who believed so much in God even at the point of death.

The Benin born Captain died at the early hours of Sunday, 8th August 2021 at the age of 63.

The Standard Gazette had earlier reported how the business tycoon and billionaire had been ill for a few years and was later diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

Capt Hosa Okunbo
Capt Hosa Okunbo

In a statement released by Pastor Ize-Iyamu, dated 10th of August, the clergyman noted that the late Okunbo was a man who started flying high at a young age. He narrated his early beginnings in the rough neighbourhood of Benin, his exceptional educational background and intelligence at the Federal Government College, Warri.

According to Ize-Iyamu, by opting for Aviation College in Zaria, the late philanthropist was ready to "fly and not walk." He went ahead to state some of his achievements asides from his philanthropic works, including the building of a five-star hotel the magnificent Wells Carlton in Abuja, and the establishment of the first-ever greenhouse vegetable farm which was commissioned by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

The statement further recounts when he was diagnosed with cancer and the optimistic assurance of a man at peace. Quoting the deceased, Ize-Iyamu said he was informed;

"Osagie, I am not afraid of death. God loves me so much that he told me ahead when I will die giving me the unique opportunity to put my house in order"

He stated further, "Though he had an abundance of material possessions, his focus was not earthly but how to make heaven."

Truly, when the news later came that captain had departed, I knew that my brother, friend and confidant Captain Hosa Wells Okunbo had entered the cockpit again to fly, but this time, to Heaven.

Farewell my dear Capitano," the statement concluded.

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