The Nigeria Auto Journalists Association (NAJA) has expressed shock over the death of William Anumudu, Chairman/CEO of Globe Motors Holdings Limited, one of the Nigeria’s biggest automobile franchise owners, including Mercedes, Toyota and the Higer brands. He died at the early hours of Tuesday, April 21, 2020.
In a statement released on Tuesday, NAJA Chairman, Mike Ochonma, described the death of William Anumudu as a big shock and loss not only to the local and foreign automotive community where he has made tremendous impact in the past 30 years, but also to Nigeria at large.
Checks reveal that the late billionaire businessman, who had been travelling abroad for treatment over an undisclosed illness since last year (2019), tested negative to COVID-19. But his health deteriorated days back and amid plans to move him abroad for better medical attention, he died.
Aged 68, he hailed from Mbaitoli near Owerri, the Imo State capital and married to Nkiru Anumudu.
Both of them have four children, Uzoma, Enyinna, Zinna and ZikkyThe success story journey of Globe Motors began in March 1984 when William Anumudu, registered the company with a mission to transform the undeserved Nigerian automobile industry. Over three decades later, Globe Motors has surpassed its initial aspirations and the company continues to set the pace in the evolution of the country’s automobile sector. The automobile conglomerate are partners to leading multinationals and several public sector institutions.
Presently, Globe Motors is one of the nation’s largest dealers of Mercedes-Benz and Toyota brands as well as the sole distributor of Higer vehicles brand in Nigeria.