Veteran Sports journalist, Akinloye Oyebanji dies, aged 62

Veteran Nigerian sports journalist and retired Director of Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), Akinloye Oyebanji, has died at the age of 62.

Akinloye Oyebanji passed on at the National Hospital, Abuja, on Saturday July 27th morning after a protracted battle with heart failure, his family confirmed.

Veteran Sports journalist, Akinloye Oyebanji dies, aged 62


Bukoye Oyebanji and Steve Olarinoye, family member and closed friend, disclosed that Oyebanji had been ill for almost four months now and the family had spent millions of naira to save his life without any improvement. They said some time ago, he had the misfortune of losing his kidneys, and they were replaced successfully through a transplant in India.

Late Oyebanji served the NTA for 35 years in different capacities, including being a sports broadcaster, and later as General Manager (Sports). He retired as Managing Director of NTA Properties at the authority’s headquarters in Abuja. Oyebanji hailed from Kwara State and he’s survived by four children and a wife.

Nigerians mourn his death via social media;

@toluogunlesi – “Akinloye Oyebanji, NTA News.” That‘s one unforgettable name. (And that NTA sports montage / music). RIP.

@Omojuwa – Wow! Akinloye Onyebanji NTA News. May his soul Rest In Peace. That name! You can’t forget it. Akinloye Oyebanji NTA News.

@idongesit1 – Sad indeed. Back in the day, I understood football through their prism. And that signature ending “Akinloye Oyebanji reporting for NTA News” May his soul rest in peace.

@lalaakindoju – Oh nooooooo! Was just lamenting about this fundraiser for his surgery. His voice is an integral part of my childhood. Akinloye Oyebanji- NTA news! May his soul Rest In Peace.

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