Meet These Great Personalities From Oyo State

Oyo State was one of the three States carved out of the former Western State of Nigeria in 1976. It bears home to many prominent Nigerians such as Professor Dibu Ojerinde, the (registrar of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board) and many more. INFORMATION NIGERIA in this piece brings to you 6 amazing personalities from Oyo state.

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Chief Harry Akande, Businessman

Akande was born to Pa Joseph Afolabi and Chief Mrs. Regina Akande. As a child, he commenced his education at Sacred Heart Nursery School, Idikan, and then St James Primary School, Oke Bola and Abadina School, University of Ibadan. Subsequently, he got into the prestigious Baptist Boys High School, in 1957, which was later changed in 1959 to Olivet Baptist High School, in Olivet Heights, Oyo. Currently, he is one of the richest Nigerian businessmen and devoted philanthropist.

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Chief Kola Daisi, Businessman

O. B. A. Kola-Daisi serves as Deputy Managing Director and Chief Relationship Officer of Fountain Trust Bank Plc. Dr. Kola-Daisi had a career path change immediately after National Youth Service Corps when in October 1991 he joined the First City Merchant Bank, now First City Monument Bank, as a management trainee. He spent three months in every major department of the bank over a period of fifteen months, before sitting for the Nigeria Stock Exchange Stockbroking Examinations, thus becoming the first Nigerian Medical Doctor/Stockbroker. He excelled in this field and was later presented with the Nigerian Stock Exchange President’s Tie Award, the first and only recipient ever, for his contributions to the development of the stock market, in general, and stockbroking in particular, in Nigeria.


Mr. Niyi Otunla, Former Accountant General of the Federation

The former Accountant-General of the federation, Jonah Otunla has also been named amongst many top individuals who benefited hugely from the funds that is currently causing ripples believed to have been given him by the embattled former security adviser, Sambo Dasuki.

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Professor Dibu Ojerinde, the Registrar Joint Matriculation Board of Nigeria

He was born in Igboho, Oyo State, Nigeria. He attended Wesley College, Ibadan where he received the Teacher Grade II Certificate Examinations (TC II) in 1964. He later attended Adeyemi College of Education where he obtained the Nigeria Certificate in Education (N.C. E) in 1968. He proceeded to the prestigious Obafemi Awolowo University for a Bachelor of science ( degree in education in 1973 and a Master of education (M. Ed) in 1975. He later proceeded to Cornell University, Ithaca, New York where he received a Ph. D degree in Educational measurement in 1978. He became a Professor of Tests and Measurement in October 1986. He began his career as a secondary school teacher in 1965 at Laogun Methodist Grammar School. He left to Ibada Iseyin District Grammar School, Iseyin in 1970 and later College of Advanced Studies, Kano in 1975. He joined the services of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife in 1973 and was appointed a Director of Institute of Education in the same university in 1984, a tenure that ended in 1990. He is the first Nigerian Professor of Tests and Measurement. In 1990, he was appointed as the Director of Monitoring and Evaluation, National Primary Education Commission (NPEC), a tenure that elapsed in 1991. In 1991 he was appointed as the Director and Consultant at Centre for Educational Measurement (CEM), Federal Ministry of Education. After his tenure in 1992, he was appointed as the Registrar of the National Board for Educational Measurement, NBEM. He held this position for 7 years (1992 – 1999). Shortly after his tenure as of the National Board for Educational Measurement (NBEM) in 1999, he was appointed as the Registrar of National Examination Council, NECO. He held this position for 8 years (1999 – 2007). After his tenure in 2007, he was appointed as Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, a position he held for 5 years (2007-2012) and was reappointed on 10 April 2012


Chief Mustafa Adebayo Oyero, Seasoned Public Administrator

Tafa Balogun was born on 8 August 1947 at Ila Orogun, now in Osun State. He attended the University of Lagos, graduating in 1972 with a B.A. in Political Science. He joined the Nigerian Police Force in May 1973. While a police officer, he gained a law degree from the University of Ibadan. After working in various positions around the country, he became Principal Staff Officer to former Inspector-General of Police, Muhammadu Gambo, then Deputy Commissioner of Police in Edo State, and then Commissioner of Police first in Delta State and then in Rivers State and Abia State. He was appointed Assistant Inspector General of Police in A.I.G Zone One Kano, the position he held when promoted to Inspector General of Police on 6 March 2002.

In November 2001, as A.I.G., Tafa Balogun reassured reporters that there were provisions to ensure the safety of businessmen in Nigeria through the called Diplomatic Corp and Foreign National Protection Unit.


Revd. (DR.) Ademola Ishola, Former President, The Nigerian Baptist Convention

Rev. Dr. Ademola Ishola is an expert in leadership development, public speaking, fundraising, volunteer management, and biblical scholar in missiology.




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