Renowned Nigerian Journalist, Ayo Ositelu Died Watching TV

Published 6 years ago by: franel
at 02:15 PM, 10/01/2013 (6 years ago)

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«§» 10 January 2013

Deacon Ayo Ositelu, a renowned Nigerian sports journalist, popularly addressed as ‘Arena’ amongst his peers, is dead. He died last night while watching television.

Family friend and journalist, Kayode Tijani, confirmed it; “Spoke to his Wife. He was watching TV with her and next he was dead. Am in SHOCK.

Other sources say it was shortly after the Super Eagles friendly against Cape Verde.

It can be recalled that Arena served as compered in the tennis exhibition match between the Williams sisters last November.

His biography

“Deacon is arguably one of the most recognizable sports personalities in Nigeria, in numerous capacities – Sports journalism as former Group Sports Editor of The Punch (1982-1984) and later Editor Sunday Punch (1984-87); Chairman of Lagos State Lawn Tennis Association (1992-1999); member, Nigeria Lawn Tennis Association (1984-89); founding consultant (Publicity) sub-committee of LSSEF with Mr. Bode Emmanuel as Main LSSEF FUND Chairman; National Sports Merit Award recipient in 2003 for Outstanding Sports Journalism (Print Media); Executive Chairman, Ejigbo (LCDA (2003-2008); Author of the evergreen Sports Column titled ‘THE ARENA’ in the Punch, National Concord, The Guardian (1981 till date); member, Federal Government Delegation to the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games; International Sports Broadcaster, Analyst – Newspaper, TV & Radio (1980 till date); Consultant of the Editorial Board of The Guardian Newspaper – 2001 till date.”

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winace at 02:25 PM, 10/01/2013 (6 years ago)
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May his soul rest in peace , amen
sophiebaby at 02:51 PM, 10/01/2013 (6 years ago)
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 Cry Cry Cry Cry Cry

evaworld at 03:07 PM, 10/01/2013 (6 years ago)
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May his soul rest in peace! Sad Sad
ela214 at 03:17 PM, 10/01/2013 (6 years ago)
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bosky65 at 04:47 PM, 10/01/2013 (6 years ago)
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Deacon Ayo, was a an intelligent sports analyst. A soft spoken man. Nigeria has a lost yet another rare gem in likes of Ernest Okokwu . RIP in peace servant of God and lover of sports
deboalabi262 at 04:49 PM, 10/01/2013 (6 years ago)
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RIPP.... Sad

Rihannaaa at 05:08 PM, 10/01/2013 (6 years ago)
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What a way to die. RIP

PidginMOUTH at 07:25 PM, 10/01/2013 (6 years ago)
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 Lips Sealed Lips Sealed Lips Sealed rip
Unikpearl at 03:16 AM, 11/01/2013 (6 years ago)
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cadanre at 02:12 PM, 11/01/2013 (6 years ago)
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PidginMOUTH at 02:14 PM, 11/01/2013 (6 years ago)
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Idbabe at 02:22 PM, 11/01/2013 (6 years ago)
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My God which kind story be dis?
mallorca at 10:20 PM, 11/01/2013 (6 years ago)
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PidginMOUTH at 09:59 AM, 12/01/2013 (6 years ago)
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 Lips Sealed


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