Former Concord Newspaper Sports Editor and 2003 All African Games Media Director, Muyiwa Daniel is dead.
Daniel died at the Infectious Disease Hospital, Yaba, Lagos at about 4:50 pm on Sunday, his son Mayowa disclosed. He was diagnosed with Esophageal cancer.
“My father (Muyiwa Daniel) had been ill for a while. He was diagnosed initially with tuberculosis but after a series of tests, they found out that he had a hole in his throat. He could not swallow food easily and when he did it was not going to his stomach,” Mayowa revealed.
Daniel worked at The PUNCH and National Concord. He was also a columnist with The Telegraph.
Reacting to his death, his former colleague at National Concord, Kunle Solaja described the late Daniel as a ‘workaholic’.
“He was very assiduous. Such a shame that he had to die in that manner, “Solaja said.
The late Daniel is survived by a wife and four children.
A member of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Lagos State chapter, Bunmi Ogunyale broke the news of his passing away in a statement.
Muyiwa Daniel the Sports veteran who also worked with Punch Sports Desk as Assistant Editor under late Owolabi called OWOBLOW was reported to have been bed ridden for months.
Ogunyale, said in the statement: “With regrets but in submission to the will of Almighty God, we announce the demise of veteran journalist, Muyiwa Daniel.
“Late Daniel breathe his last this afternoon (Sunday) shortly before a major surgery at a Lagos State facility.
“Further communication will be made for burial arrangements and funds contributed.
“Thank you all for being there for one of our own.”
When contacted, Patmos Media Line CEO who was an associate of Muyiwa Daniel lamented his passing away in heavy breathe.
“I knew Muyiwa when I formerly joined the Broadcasting world through OGBC in April 1979, We covered many events together, some outside Nigeria. I will never forget when we were in Republic of Benin in 1984 or so to cover Requin Fc versus Abiola Babes in a CAF match and Chief Badamosi of the Benin FA took us out to eat Amala”.
As Bachelors then, we slept in each other houses and rove the streets looking for suya in Kaduna, Benin, Ibadan and Lagos. We were called the gang with Isaac Ibafidon, Ade Somefun, Yemi Ojo and Richard Makinde of Radio Lagos. Muyiwa was our rallying point. Great coordinator. He settled our quarrels with speed”
We were together like a clique during the All African Games in Abuja and the late Warri Prince Charles Esinjimi Arubi-Etchie was with us. Sometimes we retire to my house at Wuse 2 then. I was married with children and both Muyiwa and Charles would hold long conversation with my first son, Toluwanimi”
“He went into sports consultancy. May his gentle soul rest in peace. Charles died in 2008 and I officiated at his burial in Warri as a Minister of the Gospel. I just lost a long standing friend and confidant.”