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Ray Ekpu Loses Wife

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Veteran journalist and former Chief Executive Officer of Newswatch, Mr. Ray Ekpu, has lost his wife, Uyai.

Mrs. Ekpu died on April 21 after a brief illness at the age of 73 years.

The bereaved former editor of Sunday Times and one-time president of the Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN), said in a statement personally signed by him on Wednesday, that “With a humble acceptance of God’s will but with a huge dose of sadness we announce the passing of Uyai Ray Ekpu.”

According to him, “Uyai was a senior staff of the Centre for Management Development (CMD) and retired in 2011 as an Acting Director, Management Education and Training Department.

“Uyai obtained both a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a Masters degree in Library Science from the University of Ibadan, Oyo State. She also obtained a Masters degree in Business Administration from the Enugu State University of Technology, Enugu State.

“She also earned diplomas from the Maastricht School of Management and the Ghana Institute of Management and Personnel Administration, Ghana.

“Uyai was a believer in family values, community service and inclusivity. She also had the gift of compassion and love for God”, the award winning journalist added.

She is also survived by three children namely: Elu Ray Mbakwe, Mfoniso Ray Ekpu, Edikan Ray Osho, six grandchildren, an elderly sister Eneanwan Inyang, a retired school teacher and a host of other relations.

Ekpu said funeral arrangements will be announced in due course.

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