Punch Newspaper Chairman, Wale Aboderin, Dies At 60

He died on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at 6.05am after a heart surgery at the First Cardiology Consultants, Ikoyi, Lagos at the age of 60.
The deceased, who was also Chairman of Punch Commercial Printing Limited and Lukahed Properties Limited, was said to have been rushed to the Lagos highbrow hospital following his slumping inside the aircraft while on his way abroad.
Some family members have confirmed his death and said arrangements were on for burial plans.
Aboderin attended the Government College, Ibadan and trained as a commercial pilot at the Burnside-Ott Flying School, Florida, United States.
The Punch was founded by the deceased’s father, the late Chief James Olu Aboderin.
Upon the demise of the founder, his brother, the late Chief Moyo Aboderin succeeded him as the Chairman.
Another of the founder’s sibling, Chief Ajibola Ogunshola took over from Chief Moyo Aboderin after his death.

Wale Aboderin took over from Chief Ogunshola, and he brought professionalism to the operations of the newspaper house, seen as Nigeria’s most influential newspaper.
His tenure is believed to have brought changes to the editorial quality, management and fortunes of Punch.
Aboderin was also the Chairman of the Board of African Media Initiative (AMI).
He took over from the maiden chairman, Trevor Ncube.
Ncube, who is the Executive Vice-Chairman of South Africa’s Mail and Guardian, steered the organisation since its inception in 2008.
A sports enthusiast and philanthropist, Aboderin was the founder and owner of Dolphins Basketball Club, a leading African female basketball club, with local and continental honours.
He was also the chairman of the Lagos State Basketball Association and a former member of the Nigerian Handball Federation.
He is survived by his wife, Titilayo, and children.

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