A seasoned journalists and former managing director of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Dame Oluremi Oyo, is dead. She died of cancer after battling with the disease at an undisclosed hospital in the United Kingdom. She was 62.
President Goodluck Jonathan, state governors and other prominent Nigerians have mourned the late Remi Oyo who was also a onetime senior special assistant to former President Oulsegun Obasanjo on media and publicity.
Confirming the incident, the deceased’s husband, Vincent Oyo, in a statement, noted that members of her family and her legion of friends and well-wishers had been looking forward to the 62nd birthday on October 12.
Born in 1952, the late Mrs Oyo is survived by her husband, children, grand-children and siblings – Sunday and Yomi Oke
“With gratitude to God for a life well spent, I regret to announce the death of my dear wife, Dame Felicia Oluwaremilekun Oyo. She died peacefully on Wednesday (October 1, 2014) in the United Kingdom where she was receiving treatment for a cancer related ailment”, the statement made available tojournalists noted.
Mr. Oyo described her late wife as a seasoned journalist who began her journalism career in 1973 in the Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation now called the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN).
According to him, Remi later joined the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) as a desk editor in 1981, and left in 1985 as a principal editor, the first woman to attain such a high position in the agency. After leaving NAN, she joined the Inter Press Service News Agency (IPS) as the Nigerian bureau chief. She later became the international news agency’s West African bureau chief.
A devout Catholic, Mrs Oyo was a former vice chairperson of the Parish Pastoral Council of SS Joachim and Anne Catholic Church, Ijegun, Lagos.