High Chief Osondu Nwoye was the richest Igbo businessman based in Ivory Coast before yesterday, but what the late Anambra-born billionaire did not see coming is, watching his darling Super Eagles play in Ivory Coast play and lose, in a country where he lives and runs his flourishing chains of businesses, and ultimately never knew it was going to cost him his life?
Before the Super Eagles match against South Africa, the celebrated Igbo High Chief Osondu was alive, hale, and hearty.
He travelled to Bourke, the city that hosted the Super Eagles match, to watch his darling Super Eagles play.
He loves football and is patriotic for his home country.
According to eyewitnesses, the High Chief was on top of the moon, shouting on top of voice, when Victor Osimen scored that second goal, which was later cancelled by VAR.
May be the shock of seeing the goal cancelled and penalty awarded to South Africa was too much to bear for his fragile heart, which failed immediately, which resulted in the High Chief collapsing inside the stadium.
All the frenetic efforts to revive him failed, as he was rushed to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
While the whole country was rejoicing, the people of the Amanuike community in Anambra State, where he came from, were mourning.
They just lost an illustrious son, the richest man in the community, who was a support pillar and an Iroko who provided shelter, shade, and succour to many in that community.
© Chukwudi Iwuchukwu