Nigerian politician and business mogul, Ned Nwoko, has disclosed that he was invited for the OceanGate submersible adventure but turned down the offer because he was tied down with national duties.
He made this revelation while mourning the death of his friend, British businessman Hamish Harding, who tragically passed away during a voyage to explore the wreckage of Titanic.
It was earlier reported that Hamish and four other people were confirmed dead days after the Titan submarine they were in disappeared from the radar. The submersible was said to have imploded, killing everyone onboard. Read here
Reacting to the tragic news, Ned Nwoko, a Nigerian billionaire who was recently sworn in as a Senator representing Delta North senatorial district, revealed that he received an invitation for the Titan adventure but could not honor the invitation because he had other commitments in Nigeria.
The 62-year-old businessman took to his Instagram page to share photos he took with Hamish and wrote,
“I have lost a very dear friend and business partner. Captain hermish Harding. We both went on a very dangerous expedition to the Southpole Antarctica few years back. He was a gulf stream pilot who flew across the world in a record breaking expedition by Guinness world record for circumnavigation of the earth some years ago. He descended into the Mariana. he also invited me on his space shuttle last year and this very Titan ill-fated adventure but I was tied down with national duties. Above all he was a partner on the various researches into eradication of malaria in Africa project. He was very enthusiastic about it and always gave his support at every given opportunity. His last message to me was this last Sunday when he told me they were ready to dive to the titanic if the weather permits. He loved adventure and challenges. My heart bleeds for his dear wife and kids who have become family friends over the years. We will surely miss his wealth of experience.”
See his post below,