Yakubu Gowon, retired soldier, former head of state, 79, October 19. Born in Garam, Pankshin local government area of Plateau State, he was educated at St Bartholomew’s School, CMS, Wusasa, Zaria, 1950-1953. He joined the Nigerian Army and was trained at the Officer Cadet Training School, Teshie, Ghana, 1954; Eaton Hall Officer Cadet School, Chester, England, 1955; Royal Military Academy, Sand Hurst, England, 1955-1956; Young Officers’ Training Schools, Hythe and Westminister, England, 1957; Staff College, Cumberely, England, 1962; Joint Service Staff College, Latimer, England, 1965; Warwick University, Coventry, England, 1973-1974. Gowon was appointed acting company commander, 1957-1960; Brigade Major, United Nations Peacekeeping Force, Luluabourg, Congo, 1963; lieutenant colonel, 1963; adjutant-general, Nigerian Army, 1963-1965; chief of staff, Nigerian Army, 1966; member, federal executive council and supreme military council, 1966; head of federal military government and commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces, 1966-1975 and promoted major general, 1967 and general, 1971. Gowon holds a doctorate in political science from Warwick University, UK.

Chris Mamah, journalist, 53, October 15. Born in Koko, Delta State, he was educated at the University of Calabar, 1979-1983. He was elected president, National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, 1981. Mamah was appointed senior reporter, National Concord, Ikeja, 1985-1986; assistant news editor, National Concord, 1986-1987; assistant news editor, Punch newspapers, 1987-1988; news editor, Punch newspapers, 1988-1990; deputy editor, Punch, 1990-1992 and former managing editor and managing director, The Week magazine. He was appointed senior special assistant, special duties to former vice-president, Atiku Abubakar, 1999-2005.


Kalu Idika Kalu, economist, former minister of finance, 74, October 14. He was educated at Kings College, Lagos, 1954-1960; University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA, 1961-1964; 1964-1965 and 1971-1972. He was appointed research fellow and lecturer, Economic Development Institute, University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus, 1966-1970; research fellow, Department of Economics, University of Wisconsin, USA, 1971-1972; Economist, Department of East Asia Programme, World Bank, Washington DC, USA, and country economist, World Bank Project in Japan, Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong, 1972-1980; head economist, Skoup and Company Limited, Lagos and Enugu, 1980-1984; commissioner for finance and economic planning, Imo State, 1984-1985; appointed minister of finance, 1985-1986; minister of national planning, 1986-1987 and minister of transport, 1987-1989.

Eke Prince Sebastine, chairman, Sonif International Group of Companies, 46, October 17. Born in Nekede, Owerri West local government area, Imo State, he was educated at Ohaji High School, Imo State; Police Academy, Ojo River, Enugu State; School of Management and Technology, Aba, Abia State and American Global University, USA. He was sales manager, Val Foods Limited, and director, Sonif International Group.



Segun Ogunsanya, chief executive officer and managing director, Airtel Nigeria, was named the Credit Personality of the Year, 2013, by industry professionals and seasoned finance personalities. The award which was conferred by the Institute of Credit Administration, ICA, is aimed at celebrating outstanding professionals within the industry. Ogunsanya was recognised for his role in improving the credit profession as well as strict adherence to the ethics of the credit management and its code of conduct.

Compiled by Anayo Ezugwu

— Oct. 21, 2103 @ 01:00 GMT

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