Nigerian billionaire businessman, Harry Akande, has died at the age of 77. He was said to have died from complications related to COVID-19.
Akande, the father-in-law of actress, Dakore Egbuson-Akande died in the early hours of Saturday, December 5.
The billionaire acclaimed as one of the richest men in Nigeria was the chairman of Akande International Corporation (AIC) with interest in healthcare, engineering, building construction and power.
He also contested as presidential aspirant on the defunct All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) primaries
Akande is survived by his children including his son Olumide, who is married to actress Dakore Egbuson-Akande.
Olumide released a statement announcing his father’s passing.
”Chief Harry Ayoade Akande, Agba Oye of Ibadanland (March 3, 1943-December 5, 2020)
“In the early hours of Saturday December 5, 2020, our patriarch Chief Harry Ayodele Akande passed away following a brief illness.
“Chief Harry Akande was an astute businessman of international repute whose legacy and influence cut across continents.
“But by far his greatest passion was for a better Nigeria that guaranteed equity and justice for all. It is our fervent hope that this will be a reality in the not too distant future.
“His passing is a huge shock to his immediate & extended family, friends & associates. We are all grappling to make some sense of it.
“As we seek the repose of his gentle soul, we ask you to in turn to uphold us in your prayers while we pass through this very turbulent period of our lives occasioned by the loss of someone as dear as him.