Ubong King, a renowned public speaker and business consultant, has passed away at 48.

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The entrepreneur was said to have died of COVID-19 complications in Lagos on Saturday, not long after he contracted the killer virus.

His death comes barely a day after Unyime-Ivy King, his wife, shared a picture of the family — including the deceased and their four children — to mark this year’s Christmas.

“It’s that time of the year…I celebrate Jesus, I celebrate family, I celebrate good friends, and I celebrate the gift of life…Merry Christmas everyone, from our family to yours,” she had written on Instagram on Friday.

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On Sunday, Unyime-Ivy posted a photo of a dimly-lit candle in a dark background on Facebook to mourn her husband.

Born on August 22, 1972, King had his secondary education at the Federal Government College, Lagos, and thereafter studied agriculture at the University of Calabar.

He was the founder of Protection Plus Security Limited and former chairman of the American Society of Industrial Security (ASIS) international chapter 206, Lagos.

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The deceased was also the president of the Ubong King Foundation, a non-governmental organisation, aimed at training young people towards leadership.

He is survived by his wife and four children namely; Adora-Edima, Jamon-Mfonabasi, Atara-Uyaiabasi and Sarah-Mbuotidem.

The development further stretches the list of Nigerians who have breathed their last due to COVID-19 complications since the dawn of the year 2020.

Tributes have begun to flood in for the deceased as words of his death spread.

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