Captain Hosa Okunbo a business magnate from Edo state has died at the age of 63.
The billionaire who is considered the wealthiest man in Edo state according to a report died last night at a hospital in London after battling pancreatic cancer for some time.
He moved to London in August 2020 to receive treatment for his ailment where he was told he had less than 9 months to live. He died 12 months later.
Captain Hosa, who is the chairman of Ocean Marine Solution Limited is survived by wife, Nosa Okunbo, and children.
He was born in Benin City to the family of Reverend Robert Amos Okunbo, a clergyman, teacher and community leader. Okunbo had 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.
Okunbo pursued a 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.
Upon graduation, Okunbo became a professional commercial pilot, and was made a captain in 1983 at the age of 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.