Josephine Kuteyi, top businesswoman, dies in helicopter crash


On 30 July, the Chairperson/Chief Executive Officer of Josepdam Group of Companies, Mrs Josephine Kuteyi, was identified as one of the unfortunate casualties of the helicopter crash in Osun State the previous day, in which three people died.

According to Dr Harold Demuren, Director General of the National Civil Aviation Authority, Mrs Kuteyi, who was on a chartered flight from Lagos to Ilorin, died with her Personal Assistant, Mrs Adedoyin Ogunbanjo and the Filipino pilot of the aircraft.

Until her tragic death, Mrs Kuteyi, aged 57, was an astute businesswoman. She was presiding over the Lagos-based Josepdam Group of Companies, a diversified conglomerate with interests in port operations (including bulk and general cargo handling), real estate, logistics, agro-allied services as well as sugar manufacturing, refining, packaging and distribution.

In 2006, Josepdam successfully bidded for, and acquired, the moribund Nigerian Sugar Company (NISUCO), at a cost of about 40 million USD, giving birth to the group’s sugar company, Josepdam Sugar Company Limited, based in Bacita, Kwara State. Industry sources said Mrs Kuteyi’s business acumen transformed the old dying company, bringing it back to good health.

The cause of the crash is not yet known. Demuren said the aircraft, with registration 5N-BKA belonging to OAS Helicopter Services, was flying very low before it crashed into very high hills. Mr. Ishaya Isah Choloko, South West Zonal Coordinator, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), said poor visibility in bad weather as well as the difficult terrain of the area might have contributed to the accident. The spokesman for the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB), Mr Tunji Oketunbi, said the bureau had commenced investigations and that the public would be updated in due course.

The Osun State governor, Mr Rauf Aregbesola, expressed deep regret and offered condolences to the families of the victims. The Minister of Aviation, Mrs. Stella Oduah-Ogiewonyi, also issued a statement expressing sadness over the incident and condoling with the victims’ families.

Reports said the remains of the victims had been collected by Mrs Kuteyi’s husband and taken to Lagos.

Mrs Kuteyi was, until her death, a senior pastor with the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG). She was also a philanthropist, and one church member described her as “exuberant, with a heart that had room for everyone”.  

[1. This is an updated version of our initial report, published shortly after the bodies were recovered].

2. See also our earlier report on the crash, titled: “Helicopter crash kills three in Osun State: Bodies recovered”, also published on this website].


Posted on July 30, 2011, in ACCIDENTS AND EMERGENCIES, BUSINESS COMMUNITY and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 20 Comments.

  1. May God grant her a place in heaven.

  2. ojo olaosebikan

    As I was about meeting you for the first time, you left this world. Life is so funny but we cannot understand. We live today, tomorrow we die, what is the meaning of life? Even though I did not have the opportunity of meeting you, these testimonies tell a lot about you. It is so painful but TO GOD BE THE GLORY. Good night, Mummy.

  3. I was her PA some years back. She is nice and interested in people’s problems. We miss her and may her gentle soul rest in peace.

  4. It is not how long we live that matters, but how we lay our treasures and where we lay them. You have fought a good fight, Pastor Dammy, ran a good race! And I know that by and by, when the morning comes, when the saints are gathered above, we will understand it better, why it has to end like this. Adieu,rest in the bossom of your God.
    By Feyi Olamigoke.

  5. It is just unfortunate that I never knew this wonderful daughter of Abraham before she was called to glory, but her testimony of love for God and humanity touched me. May her gentle soul rest in perfect peace. Good night, woman of God.
    Pastor Ayo Fatoki (Balm of Gilead Ministries).

  6. yahaya musbau Adekunle

    Infact, I was not happy when I heard about the incident and I pray that may her soul rest in perfect peace, Amen.

  7. Oduwale Ademola

    This is a great loss to the Ondo kingdom. May her soul Rest in Perfect Peace.

  8. Its sad that the people’s mother is gone to the great beyond. What a loss to the nation and Ondo people, particularly the Fasan family at home and abroad.

  9. We will surely miss you, Mummy.


    May your soul rest in the perfect peace of the Almighty.

  11. I remember those years when I first met her in Wema Bank. Cant even believe she is gone. Obirin bi okunrin (a woman like a man). She was able to survive in men’s world. She will be greatly missed. Adieu, Mama.

  12. Pastor(Mrs) Damilola Kuteyi,
    You excelled even among men in a rugged business world.
    People have severally attested to your kindness and generousity.
    Rest in Peace Madam Josepdam.

  13. Akinwande justinah joseph

    R .I .P

  14. May her soul rest in peace

  15. Valentine Henry Oguamah

    Mummy, I remember how you used to counsel us when we were working under you in Josepdam Port Services, Area 1, Tincan Island, Lagos in 2007. Mummy, you are more than a million. A business Mogul. A woman that had the heart of a lion. Mummy, adieu.

  16. Her death is a great loss to Nigeria and to Redeemed Christian Church of God, where she worshipped. She donated 1000 cattle at every annual convention of the Redeemed Church. May God console her family, the church and Nigeria.

  17. Nmaduka chijioke

    This is a national loss, not only to the people of Bacita, but to the nation of Nigeria at large. May her gentle soul rest in peace. May God keep sustaining the Sugar farm and her other conglomerates. In Jesus name, Amen!

  18. Mama Bacita, may your gentle soul rest in peace, Amen.

  19. Bro. Ogunleye Victor Israel

    I wept bitterly within me, when I heard the sad news that MUMMY of all people (Mrs. Kuteyi) died in a helicopter crash in Osun State on her way from Lagos to Ilorin yestarday. Infact, her death is a great loss to the Redeemed Christian Church of God and to humanity. Mummy, may your soul rest in perfect peace. I love YOU but God loves YOU most. Good night, my MUMMY!

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