11 THINGS YOU PROBABLY DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT LATE BILLIONAIRE BUSINESSMAN, HOSA OKUNBO

By Samuel Oamen

Capt. Idahosa Okunbo, popularly known as Captain Hosa, died in London after battling pancreatic cancer.

Here are 11 things to know about late Captain Hosa:

1. He was born on January 7, 1958.

2. Captain Hosa was a native of Edo State, he was born in Benin City to the family of Reverend Robert Amos Okunbo, a clergyman, teacher and community leader

3. He attended his primary education at Government Primary in Benin City, old Bendel State, now Edo State. He proceeded to Federal Government College, Warri, in 1971, where he sat for West African Senior School Certificate Examination. Okunbo was a native speaker of the Edo language, and a fluent speaker of English.

4. He was a business magnate, investor, philanthropist and trained commercial pilot.

5. He served as either chairman or director on numerous company boards in Nigeria, spanning multiple business sectors such as the agro-allied, petroleum, telecommunications, power, real estate and banking industries.

6. Okunbo pursued his desire to become a pilot by studying at the Nigerian Civil Aviation Training Centre, Zaria, Kaduna State, and became a professional commercial pilot at the age of 21. He also attended ACME School of Aeronautics, Fort Worth Texas in 1983, where he obtained an Airline Transport Pilot License.

7. Upon graduation, Okunbo became a professional commercial pilot and was made a captain in 1983 at 25. He was a flight captain with Intercontinental Airlines for about two years, then was employed by Okada Airlines for three years. In 1988, he retired from piloting at the age of 30, having logged over 7,000 hours of flight time, and ventured into private business.

8. On October 2, 2014, Oba Erediauwa, gifted Okunbo “with the ‘Traditional Beads’ for being a worthy son of the ancient Kingdom.

9. Okunbo was the founder and chairman of the following Nigerian companies:

*Okunbo established Hoslyn Ventures Nigeria Ltd., a company that was involved with procurement in the Nigerian petroleum sector.
*CMES-OMS Petroleum Development Company (CPDC), which, in September 2019, signed

“$875.75m alternative financing deal for the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) operated OML 65”.

*The Wells Carlton Hotel and Apartments, Abuja

*Wells San-Carlos Agro Farms Ltd., which, in March 2016, unveiled a $750 million, 9,000-hectare

(22,000-acre) farm intended to “create 85,000 jobs in Edo State”.

*Ocean Marine Security Ltd., an offshore asset-protection company, rendering services to major oil companies in Nigeria, including NNPC. The company recently completed the building of the 46-kilometre (29 mi) Escravos–Warri Crude Pipeline, which was inaugurated by Nigeria’s Minister of State for Petroleum, Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu.

*Westminster Security Solutions Nigeria Ltd, a franchise of Westminster Group Plc UK, of which he is major shareholder.

*Wells Group of companies, which include Wells Dredging Ltd., Wells Property Development Company Ltd., and Wells Entertainments Ltd. – through which Okunbo financed the movie Black November.

*Ocean Marine Solutions Tankers Ltd., which owns Nigeria’s first marine tankers.

*Hoslyn Habitat Ltd., which is a design, construction and landscaping company.

*Gyro Air Ltd., operators of charter flight operations.

10. Okunbo was a director in the following companies:

*Joint Marine Environ Guard Ltd. (JMEG)

*Secure Anchorage Area Ltd. (SAA)

*Digisteel Integrated Services Ltd.

*Phil Nugent Nigeria Ltd.

*Integrated Energy Distribution and Marketing Ltd. (IEDM), which is a core investor in Ibadan and Yola Electricity Distribution Companies.

*Okunbo was member of the Board of Directors of NatCom Development and Investment Ltd., which is the holding company Nigerian telecommunications giant NTEL.

11. Okunbo was married with 11 children

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