NEW YORK – The sun set on Saturday (today) on the phenomenal life of Dr. Mike Omotosho, founder of Sustainable Health Initiative (SHI). He reportedly died in New York of undisclosed illness. He was aged 52, having been born on 14 January 1970.
A source close to Omotosho, who spoke to LEADERSHIP, said: “He was sick for a while. The last time we spoke, he said he’s doing fine that he will soon be back to Nigeria.”
Omotosho was a Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) and was the charter president of the Unity Toastmasters Club, Abuja, the first Toastmasters club in Northern Nigeria.
Announcing his death on Saturday night on Division E WhatsApp platform, Patrick Oluyide, District Director 2021-2022, District 94 wrote:
“It is with a heavy heart that I announce to you the passing of Past District Governor, Dr. Mike Omotosho, DTM.
“Our District has lost an indefatigable builder, a committed Toastmaster, and an outstanding leader who would stop at nothing to ensure that Toastmasters values and the Toastmasters learning experience reaches all the ends of West and Central Africa.
“In this moment of grief, we extend our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends. Please have them in your thoughts and prayers.
“Dr. Mike Omotosho, DTM was born on the 14th January, 1970.
“Served as Secretary General to the Hepatitis Zero Commission & Special Envoy to the UN until his passing
“He was the Pioneer Governor, Toastmasters International, District 94. He was also the Charter (founding) President of Unity Toastmasters club, Abuja, Nigeria.
“He also served as Governor for Rotary International, District 9125”.
Treasure Oghor, a Past Assistant Governor, Rotary International, District 9125, made announcement of Omotosho’s transition on behalf of the District Governor, Ayo Oyedokun.
Oyedokun consoled the Omotosho family and the Rotary Club of Abuja Metro, the late Omotosho’s club on the death of Past District Governor Omotosho.
Omotosho was national chairman of the Labour Party of Nigeria from 2015-2016. He also contested the 2015 general elections in Kwara State where he came third in the governorship election.
He was also Governor of Rotary International District 9125 from 2015 to 2016.
Omotosho set up the Mike Omotosho Foundation to alleviate poverty and empower youths through training and community development programmes.