Oba Martins’ Mother Dies Tragically In Fire

More bad news is now coming through on the death of Oba Martins’ mother.


Kevin Keegan – has told Oba to take all the time he needs

It’s now bring reported that Oba’s mother Alhaja, 62, actually died in her car as she attempted to move it away from a blazing petrol tanker, that was close to her home in Lagos, the Nigerian capital.

It is also being reported this morning that she was all set to move to Newcastle permanently in September, to be with her famous son.

Alhaja Monsurat Martins apparently died of shock.

Martins’ brother, Biola, said Obafemi was close to his mother:

“He just wanted to get on the plane and find out for himself that our mother is truly no more,”

“He’s still in shock and disbelief and feels terribly down. Oba always consulted her first in any decision to do with his career.”

“Our mother stood by him when everyone else condemned his decision to dump school in pursuit of an unpredictable future in football.”

“He once got himself into trouble for choosing to be with her at a time she was ill instead of playing in a friendly for Nigeria.”

With this terrible news, Oba is set to miss most of the Newcastle pre-season after returning to Nigeria, to be with the mother he always talked of so lovingly.

Martins was on a plane to Lagos from London last night, and manager Kevin Keegan has told the 23 year-old to spend as much time as is needed with his family, before even thinking of coming back to Newcastle.

It could be some time before Oba plays again for the club, and this is a big blow to Kevin, but of course it’s much more important that Oba be with his family, after such a tragic event.

We had reported this news yesterday, but didn’t have the awful details at that time.

We feel so sorry for Oba and his family, and our hearts go out to them.

44 comments so far

  • Masa

    Jul 25, 2008 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #1

    Oba our thoughts are with you.

  • GM

    Jul 25, 2008 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #2

    RIP x

  • JJ

    Jul 25, 2008 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #3

    Well, think the club should have a minutes silence before the first home game and the crowd should show Oba just how much he means to the club….. terrible news.

  • geordie

    Jul 25, 2008 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #4

    toon armys hearts are with oba and his family

  • howaytheladsII

    Jul 25, 2008 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #5


  • Steve_48

    Jul 25, 2008 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #6

    Take care Oba, best wishes to family

  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 25, 2008 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #7

    I think they will play with black arm bands tomorrow in memory of Oba’s mother.

  • furrygiblets

    Jul 25, 2008 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #8

    Condolences go out to Oba and his family

  • Allman20

    Jul 25, 2008 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #9

    A true tragedy! RIP Mrs Martins

  • AZ

    Jul 25, 2008 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #10

    a 1 minutes silence would be a good idea and mark of respect from the newcastle faithful

  • Tom4Nufc

    Jul 25, 2008 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #11

    R.I.P Mrs Martins

  • broon ale

    Jul 25, 2008 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #12

    it actually brings tears to my eyes. i feel gutted for him.

    he was obsessed with his mum. he described her as his “best friend”.

    i hope he responds in the same manner as frank lampard did.

  • Toon 85

    Jul 25, 2008 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #13

    terrible news, all the best Oba

  • Matthew Tom

    Jul 25, 2008 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #14

    What an awful thing to happen to anyone, let alone a young man so far away from home. Let’s make sure Oba knows we are with him 100% at this terrible time.

    Frank Lampard of course had the same tragedy towards the end of last season, and has come through with great strength and dignity, earning the admiration of fans of all colours across the country.

    I hope Oba will find the same strength in the following weeks and months. We will be right behind him all the way.


    Jul 25, 2008 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #15

    Definitely a minute’s silence would be appropriate. This and other recent news puts into perspective our concerns regarding transfers. R.I.P. Oba’s Mum.

  • Dave

    Jul 25, 2008 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #16

    That is terrible news, everybody knows how much he loved his mother, thoughts are with him at this moment

  • beye the great

    Jul 25, 2008 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #17

    agree with comments every one has posted and would be good if every one could sing obas name at our 1st home premier league game

  • greg

    Jul 25, 2008 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #18

    Ed – could you set up an online memoriam book?

    Maybe if we all write a ‘thoughts are with you’ or whatever, then you can send it onto Newcastle & Oba – show we really care.

    Is devastating for the lad.

  • Mitch_Toon

    Jul 25, 2008 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #19

    the moment oba walks back onto that pitch he should geta heros welcome he has been a great servant to the club and deserves the support of the toon army, ide like to see an atmosphere and chants towards him tht emulates shearers testimonial for the poor lad he will need to feel loved and we should chant his name every game untill he comes back.

  • Marty

    Jul 25, 2008 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #20

    Devastating news for the family,Our thoughts n prayers are with you OBA…….

  • Punk Skunk

    Jul 25, 2008 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #21

    Gutted for Oba & his family!..
    …How sad for the guy, the Toon Army are all rooting for you & your family Oba!..
    …May your Mam rest in peace!..

  • Leo

    Jul 25, 2008 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #22

    greg thats a great idea

    news just seems to be getting harder to swallow with this story, thoughts are with oba and his family. RIP

  • ObaFan2

    Jul 25, 2008 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #23

    Tragic news and I can only agree with the other thoughts and comments posted today.

    God bless ya Oba, our thoughts are with you and your family.

  • domtoon

    Jul 25, 2008 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #24

    Oba man I will pray for you and your family. May God give you strength and courage to get through this difficult time.

  • Spyro

    Jul 25, 2008 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #25

    good ideas put forward by some bloggers on here, sad news and we should show we care

  • LyNx@18

    Jul 25, 2008 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #26

    R.I.P~~~Oba, be strong! We’re all behind supporting you!

  • Stami

    Jul 25, 2008 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #27

    yeah Leo i agree! tough enough to loose a parent so young, but so tragically!

  • Incognito

    Jul 25, 2008 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #28

    The crowd really need to get behind the lad. Why don’t we have songs for individual players anymore?

  • Matty

    Jul 25, 2008 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #29

    God bless you Oba and your family. The thoughts and prayers of the ToonArmy are with you.

  • Matt Lacey

    Jul 25, 2008 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #30

    Tragic news… all the best to Oba and his family as they come to terms with their devastating loss.

    As Mitch_Toon says, when he returns home he deserves to have his name chanted at the top of every supporter’s voice.

    Hopefully I’ll be making the 350 mile pilgrimage home early on this coming season, I’ll be sure to make my contribution!

  • andy

    Jul 25, 2008 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #31

    shocked and appalled when I heard this news.

    feel so sorry for oba and his beloved family. But he has to know that he doesn’t have to rush himself back, he has to get himself in the right frame of mind and not be pushed to play, if any fans do this, they are a disgrace. His name will be chanted like nothing else tomorrow at Doncaster.

    We are thinking of you Oba and your family.


  • Michael12

    Jul 25, 2008 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #32

    I would like to associate myself with the profound condolences expressed by members of this forum to the Martins family.

  • Ericles

    Jul 25, 2008 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #33

    Come back when you are ready Oba mate and not before. All condolences and chin up – we will be thinking of you at Newcastle and anywhere a Toon fan lives.

  • Ian

    Jul 25, 2008 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #34

    Terrible loss for Oba

  • oga

    Jul 25, 2008 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #35


  • iffy

    Jul 25, 2008 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #36


  • Jimi

    Jul 25, 2008 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #37

    I really don’t care how long Oba takes to get himself strong enough to be back, he’s a brother Mag.
    We should carry him as long as it takes….

  • Jimi

    Jul 25, 2008 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #38

    P.S. I’m a Jordy living in China so I can’t do it but folks make is name heard at Donny for 90 MINS!!!

  • Obafan

    Jul 25, 2008 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #39

    It is a sad sad story. Oba will need much time to recover from this tough loss.

    take as much time as you need to get over this tragedy. Know that all the Geordies are here to support you!

    Condolences to you and your family.

    RIP Mrs Martins.

  • hadrian

    Jul 25, 2008 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #40

    songs will be sung for you at the matches oba , were here for you, as little as that counts in times likes these , but all the same, were all thinking of you.


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