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Phillips Oduoza’s 27-year-old son dies in the US, top banker mourns



These times are presenting challenges for prominent Nigerian banker, Phillips Oduoza, as he mourns the loss of his 27-year-old son, Emeka Oduoza. The chairman of Nova Merchant Bank is facing the sorrow of his son’s passing.

Tragedy struck when Emeka, a promising investment banker, passed away over the weekend in New York, United States. He had been a member of Blackstone Inc., one of the world’s largest financial institutions.

In a statement released by Blackstone on Friday, it was expressed that Emeka Oduoza, during his time, had gained recognition for his exceptional skills, unwavering dedication, and significant contributions to the financial sector in the United States.

The statement elaborated, saying, “Throughout his career, Emeka demonstrated consistent commitment to his profession, a forward-looking perspective, and an unshakeable adherence to the core principles that underpin the realm of finance.”

“Emeka was not only a beloved family member and friend, but he was also a distinguished member of the Blackstone community. His exceptional skills and commitment to his work as a Blackstone member made him a valued and respected colleague. He approached his responsibilities with unwavering dedication and a deep sense of integrity, leaving an indelible impression on all who had the privilege of working with him.

“Beyond his professional achievements, Emeka had a passion for life that was infectious. He had an insatiable curiosity and a thirst for knowledge, which led him to explore the world and engage in meaningful conversations with people from all walks of life. His ability to connect with others on a genuine level made him a true friend to many.

“The young Emeka’s legacy is a testament to his character and the impact he had on those around him. He leaves behind a legacy of kindness, generosity, and a commitment to excellence.

“Born in New York, he spent his life cultivating relationships, pursuing passions, and leaving a lasting mark on those fortunate enough to have known him,” the company said.

Emeka is survived by his parents, Jumai and Phillips Oduoza, his brother, Uzoma, nephew, sister in law, numerous uncles, aunties and cousins”

He will be buried on September 5 in Los Angeles, California, United States.

Odouza is a former chief executive officer of United Bank for Africa, UBA.