We are just learning about the death of Mr Dapo Osewa, popularly called Dapxin, a long-standing foundational member of NVS and major member of the site's technical crew.
Mr Osewa was a fierce patriot and firm believer in the future of Nigeria, a frequent online contributor, and he deployed his technical prowess to help build online sites like NVS, Sahara Reporters.
Aged 31, Dapo was born in Akure, the capital of Ondo state. He attended the Federal University of Technology Staff Secondary School, Akure, graduating in 1998. He later obtained a National Diploma in Electronics at Federal Polytechnic, Ado-Ekiti. In addition, he earned a diploma in Information Technology from the University of Pretoria.
In 2003, Dapo became a certified Microsoft engineer before heading to Huddersfield University in London where he completed his studies for a degree in law in 2011.
Before his death, he worked for the UK national archives as a linux system administrator and data capture specialist.
A few of Dapo's articles can be found in the link below
Testimonies on Dapxin's Facebook page and other places confirm how much impact this quiet hero made in the lives of people around him during the short time he was here.
May his Gentle Soul rest in peace and May God console the family.
Dap Xin was my Facebook friend. That was all I knew about him. He asked to be my friend and I accepted. Over time, I noticed that when I wrote something he would read it and find a paragraph he considered important. He would take it and place it in an electronic marble. And then he would blast it on his status page. It happened again and again. Unconsciously, it became one of my measures of whether I said anything important each week. I looked forward to seeing what he considered quotable. Some weeks he would place nothing on the marble, others he would. I understood. A few weeks ago, I noticed that I had not received any updates from him - nothing on the marble – not mine and not someone else’s. I decided to visit Dap’s Facebook page. I saw messages left for him by friends asking him to rest in peace. He passed away weeks before. His real name was Dapo Osewa...
I hate to know that Dapxin is dead! This guy has touched so many lives,he touched mine too, he was selfless. He spent an incredible amount of time talking to me about SaharaReporters. He taught me how to resize photos-plenty of them at once, he spoke goofily about the new media. And how it will change the world. He made predictions that have come to pass.
It is unbelievable that Dapxin is dead. I take a lot of painful decisions, I report painful things every day, but this is just too much. It is worse because I never knew he was gone until today. I feel extremely terrible about the demise of Dapo Osewa.
Very sad to learn that a friend Dapo Osewa Dap Xin died on August 13. I met Dapo on Nigeria Ngr VillageSquare many years ago. There was something about his punch comments online. Very friendly fellow. He has one of the highest number of comments on my blog and showed so much support to my writing. He promised me he would buy a copy of my book when it is finally released. Now he is gone. I will miss him. May his soul find rest. Amen!