Tuesday, February 03, 2015
Nigerian Billionaire Chief Molade Okoya-Thomas dies
Chief Molade Okoya-Thomas, one of Nigeria’s most prominent and successful businessmen, is dead.
According to a report by Nigeria’s Daily Times, he passed away earlier today, February 2. The cause of his death has not yet been made public.
Okoya-Thomas was the chairman of CFAO Nigeria Limited, a Lagos-based industrial conglomerate engaged in the wholesale trade of automobiles, building materials, technical equipment, electrical equipment, and agricultural equipment.
He was a philanthropist and sports enthusiast who solely sponsored the popular annual Asoju Oba Table Tennis Championship in Lagos for more than four decades. He held the Nigerian national honor of Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic, and was a recipient of the Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur, the highest national honor given by the French to a foreigner.