UNBELIEVABLE: Relationship counselor, columnist with Insight, other news outlets, Michael WEST, dies in auto-crash

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UNBELIEVABLE: Relationship counselor, columnist with Insight, other news outlets, Michael WEST, dies in auto-cras

Femi OGUNLANA

Late Michael West

 

Michael WEST, whose real name is Michael Olusesan Awe, is dead. He died Saturday, June 11, in an auto-crash on Lagos-Ibadan expressway.

Michael West, a marriage cum relationship expert, who wrote columns on the topic in different news outlets including print and online, was 58 at the time of his death and was once a photojournalist with The Guardian and columnist with The Nation (weekend papers).

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Also a pastor, he was CEO of Olivegate Communications Ltd, Lagos, where he operated media consultancy services.

Until his transition, he ran a column (Back Page Column) with New Telegraph on Fridays, which bordered on marriage and relationship matters.

Last year June, he started similar column with ogbomosoinsightonline.com, which was published also on Fridays.

He was also a public commentator and current affairs analyst. Infact, his column with ogbomoinsightonline.com was triggered after one of his incisive write-ups, titled,”Stop panicking: Ready to fight your assailants,” caught the attention of the medium in a social media platform, sequel to which his permission was sought for its use. Subsequently, he forwarded his articles published in his Friday column in New Telegraph to us. Indeed, Insight management had contemplated including the column in its print version – The Insight Fortnightly.

His last article to ogbomosoinsightonline.com, was sent in the wee hours (as usual) of June 3 but was unpublished because the medium was undergoing technical maintenance routine at the time. It was titled, “Despair: Suicide, never an option.”

He didn’t send in any article the following week, June 10. He died the next day while travelling through the ever busy road.

ogbomosoinsightonline.com first got wind of his passage through a news report online but since it could not be independently verified it refrained from reporting it. A message sent to his WhatsApp was not replied. But the news tended towards the truth as articles from him ceased since then.

His death was finally confirmed through a news report recently which quoted a statement by one of his sons, Israel Ayo Awe, on behalf of the Awe family of Akure in Akure South local government area of Ondo state.

The statement said the late writer was born on September 10, 1963, in Akure, and died on Saturday, June 11, 2022.

Some of his articles published in our medium were titled, Tope Alabi speaks as ‘Oniduro’ song soars (June 18, 2021); Requiems for dads as widows adjust, enjoy (June 25, 2021); Chindima: Nemesis of sugar daddies, parental failure (July 3 2021); Sexual affinity in friendship, marriage: The contradictions (July 9, 2021); and Solitude: A ravaging silent killer (July 16, 2021). The last published one on May 27, 2022, was titled, “Now that husbands are scarce commodities.” On His June 10 article (the last he ever wrote) was titled, “Suicide; Women and their ‘killer’ tongues.’

From his Facebook page

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May his soul rest in peace.

 

 

 

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