Notable politicians, friends and associates have commiserated with the publisher of Metronews Nigeria, Otunba Femi Davies, and the entire family on the demise of Gbenga.
The remains of Gbenga Davies, the brother of the popular and award winning veteran journalist, Otunba Femi Davies, would be buried in Abeokuta, Ogun State, today, the August 14th, 2019.
It was reported that Gbenga slumped on Friday night at Abeokuta while watching a football match with friends. All attempts to resuscitate him failed, as family put the cause of his death as due to cardiac arrest. He was 46 years old.
The burial arrangement as released by the family starts tomorrow at 11.00 am, when the body will leave General Hospital, Sokenu, Abeokuta. There will be brief service of songs at the NUJ Secretariat, Iwe Iroyin House, Abeokuta, at 11.30 am. His remains will be buried at Kobape Cemetery by 12.30pm.
Many friends of the deceased were grieved by Gbenga’s sudden death. He was described as an easy-going and free-spirited journalist. He was never known to brood or bear grudges against anyone.
Numerous politicians across the political divides in the country have been paying glowing tributes to Gbenga, who was a three-time Journalist of the Year in Ogun State. Prominent amongst them were the former governors of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, the former Senate president, Sen. Bukola Saraki and the executive governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi.
Others, who also commiserated with the family, were former Rivers State governor and now minister, Mr. Romiti Amaechi, and several friends of Gbenga Davies.
Gbenga was a friendly and jovial person, an humanitarian, whose contributions to his immediate community will remain unforgettable.
He had his secondary school education at Festac Grammar School, Lagos and proceeded to Ogun State Polytechnic (now Moshood Abiola Polytechnic) in Abeokuta, where he studied accounting. Though he would later choose a career in journalism, a profession he had passion for due to his closeness to his brother, the ace journalist, Otunba Femi Davies.
Until his death he was the spokesperson for JAC Motors-sponsored Abeokuta Marathon.
Gbengene, as he was popularly called, is survived by his wife, four children, brothers and an aged mother.