Nigerians are still in shock over the sudden death of Deacon Ayo Ositelu, one of the greatest sports journalists in the world and the greatest sports writer on tennis in Nigeria. Ayo Ositelu, popularly known for his sports column "The Arena" passed on to eternal glory on Wednesday January 9, at 11p.m at Topaz Hospital in Surulere, Lagos. He was looking forward to his 7oth birthday in April.
I am one of his millions of fans who have been following his numerous masterpieces on sports in Nigeria, the rest of Africa and in the world. I sent Ayo Ositelu an email last September on his knowledge of the tennis history of the famous Venus and Serena Williams before their first visit to Nigeria in November 2012. I advised him to write a book on the unparallelled achievements of the phenomenal Serena Williams which only God can replicate. Ositelu was the compere of their celebrated exhibition game at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club on November 2, 2012.
Michael Chima Ekenyerengozi
date: Tue, Sep 11, 2012 at 11:42 AM
subject: Publish a Book on Serena Williams “Queen of Queens of Tennis”
Dear Ayo Ositelu,
Publish a Book on Serena Williams “Queen of Queens of Tennis”
I have been following and reading your reports on the awesome tennis career of Serena Williams and without doubt you know her very well enough to write a book on her achievements as one of the most outstanding tennis players in the history of the sport; a unique role model first for all young black women and for the young women of other races in the world.
From when she won her first US Open title at age 17 in 1999 to date, Serena Williams has accomplished what no other young woman has achieved in tennis history at 30. She is simply phenomenal.
The compilation of all your reports on Serena Williams are enough to make a sizable book that will be a collectors item for all tennis players, tennis lovers and followers in the world and especially for young women everywhere.
Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima
He was once the Editor of The Sunday Punch Newspapers, former Editor of the defunct Concord Newspaper and a former Group Sports Editor of The Punch Newspapers until he left in 1987 to become an independent publisher. Ositelu was a highly esteemed veteran journalist of over 30 years experience writing columns for many newspapers, including The Concord and The Guardian where he was a member of the Editorial Board until he passed away last Wednesday. Ositelu was the first Nigerian print journalist to receive the National Sports Merit Award. He became a politician in 2004 and was the first chairman of Ejigbo Local Council Development Area (LDCA) of Lagos State.
May his soul rest in peace.