Death has snuck into Osun State, snatching a prominent educationist and politician, Chief Christian Ipoola Olaniyan.
The local government commissioner of the late Victor Olunloyo administration and owner of the Victory Group of Schools in Lagos died recently. He was 92 years old.
From Fourah Bay College, Freetown, Sierra-Leone, and Trinity College, University of Dublin, UK, the principal teacher was Principal of Christ Apostolic Grammar School, Ibadan and Oriwu College, Ikorodu, before Victory Grammar School, Ikeja, Victory Home School, Ojota and Victory Home School, Ode-Omu, Osun State.
His former students included Professor John Abioye, Chief Abiola Morakinyo, Osuolale Oyefiran, an architect, Professor Abraham Oyedeji, Professor Keye Akinbami, Chief Timothy Adesiyan, and Hakeen Dickson, former Surulere Council Chairman in Lagos.
Olaniyan was drafted into politics in 1959 by local Ode-Omu party leaders, including Pa Dawodu Makanjuola, Pa Ezekiel Adelowo and other grassroots politicians, who lobbied for the region to be represented by someone educated.
Despite the fact that he lost his candidacy for the regional legislative elections, the incursion opened his eyes to the imperative of politics as a true vocation in the service of the locality.
Although he was appointed commissioner in 1983, Olaniyan left politics in 1984 to pursue his educational interests, following the military intervention in politics.
His daughter Mrs. Titi Adenekan told reporters in Lagos that her children have decided to protect his legacy as an educator, administrator, politician, Scout patron and community leader.
She said: “Victory High School has educated 332,000 students to date. Seven other schools are not resting on their oars, but are also continuing to field successful applicants. »
Adenekan also praised Olaniyan’s philanthropic activities, recalling that “he has never stopped awarding scholarships in Egbedore District of Osun State.”
She said many of the beneficiaries have gone on to become teachers, doctors, lawyers, architects and other professionals, who now constitute a formidable association known as “Olaniyan Scholars”.
The deceased was the Atuluse of Ode-Omu, the Bobajiro of Ikeja, the Baagbimo of Onigbagbo/Opebi and the Justice of the Peace (JP).
His son, Biola Olaniyan, said his father had a succession plan, adding that plans were also underway to immortalize him for his service to humanity.