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Sweet Steve Remembrance: Ondo State misses OAP with “Swag”

Ondo State remembers Late Stephen Sotonwa, known as Sweet Steve who was an OAP at Orange FM Akure, before his death on this day in 2019.

This piece is a flashback of him laid to rest in his residence, after his death.

The remains of award-winning on-air personality (OAP) with Orange FM Akure, Stephen Sotonwa popularly known as Sweet Steve, have been laid to rest at his residence in Akure, the Ondo State capital on (28th December, 2019)

The interment followed a brief lying in state for his remains at his office, Orange FM, which was attended by his erstwhile colleagues.

His colleagues and fans soberly made their way into the premises of Orange FM to pay their last respect to Sotonwa who lost his life in a fatal motor accident last Sunday on the Akure-Ondo road.

The arrival of his corpse in an ambulance accompanied by his wife Nnena, two kids, family members and friends further evoked the tensed emotions.

Speaking during the interment ceremony at the deceased’s residence, Pastor Benjamin Olumodeji of Winners Chapel said death is inevitable for man and stressed the need for a purposeful living for eternal impact.

His colleagues represented by Shola Ilesanmi, comedians represented by MC Arkbishop, his friends, Ayo Ajisafe and Kabiesi Ademola among others spoke about Sotonwa’s short but eventful and impactful live.

Torrents of kinds words also came from Winners Chapel Youth Fellowship, representative of OAPs outside Orange FM, the FRSC and Special Marshals where he was a member, Entertainers, and Lafta Unplugged, his comedy programme that put Ondo State on the national spotlight.

His remains were later interred after the dust to dust rites had been performed by his immediate family members.

The 35-year-old broadcaster and a Psychology graduate from the University of Ado Ekiti, UNAD now Ekiti State University, EKSU who anchored for many years the popular Orange Cafe programme on Orange FM as well as co-anchored Lunch Grove on OSRC TV is survived by his wife, two children, parents and siblings.

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