Punch Chairman, Aboderin, dies at 60 after heart surgery

The Chairman of Punch Nigeria Limited, Gbadebowale Weyne Aboderin, has died after he went through a heart surgery but could not survive it.

The 60-year-old Aboderin died Wednesday (yesterday) at the First Cardiology Consultants, Ikoyi, Lagos, Punch reported.

Although the media did not disclose how long Aboderin battled the disease, there are strong indications that the situation prior his death must have being an occasion of emergency, FELLOW PRESS learnt, gathering that he is a man well-travelled who can afford treatment abroad with better facilities.

Until his death, Aboderin was the Chairman of Punch Board from May 1, 2011, after Chief Ajibola Ogunshola retired on April 30, 2011 after 24 years of meritorious and dedicated service.

Before the appointment, Aboderin, businessman and first son of the founding chairman of Punch Nigeria Limited, the late Chief Olu Aboderin, was appointed a member of the Board of Directors on May 21, 1984. Aboderin, who became vice-chairman of the company on July 2, 2010, was born in London, United Kingdom on April 17, 1958. A trained pilot, he was also a basketball enthusiast.

Aboderin was also the founder and chairman of Dolphins Female Basketball Foundation, a charity organisation in Lagos which he founded years ago when he returned to Nigeria after living in the United States for years. He was a former chairman of the Lagos State Basketball Association (a position he held for eight-and-a-half years) and a one-time vice-president of the Nigerian Basketball Supporters Club.

He was also a member of the Nigerian Handball Federation; an alumnus of the Government College, Ibadan; a founding member of the board of trustees of the Word of Life Rehabilitation Centre, a ministry committed to the rehabilitation of drug addicts and substance abusers.

A devoted family man, he is survived by a wife, Titilayo, and children.

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