Iju Public Affairs Forum (3 of 3): Images from Professor Adamolekun’s 70th Birthday Edition

July 29, 2012

Iju Public Affairs Forum

Professor Adamolekun and children, L to R: Yemi, Tobi & Tayo pose with Ondo’s Governor Segun Mimiko

Joining Adamolekun, his three kids:  Opeyemi, Ibitayo and Olutobi & his wife for the great occasion were many family members, friends and associates from Nigeria and abroad.

Adamolekuns & inlaws included Mama Iyalode, his nonagenarian mother; his siblings:  Dr. Joe & wife, Pat; Taiwo; Olori Olugbemigun; Blogger & spouse, Dr. Adenle; Engr. Oludotun & spouse, Nike; Felicia; Dr. Wole & spouse, Bisi and their children, including those abroad; Cousin Agbede (nee Olokesusi from the Ise Branch of the family)and spouse, Professor Agbede; Niece Adejoke and her children; as-close-as-any-family-member, Bra (Professor) Kole Omotoso who came in from South Africa

The host governor, Dr. Segun Mimiko contributed to the lecture which is on a subject dear to many governors’ hearts: the central  and government and the states.  One of Dr. Mimiko’s points echoed what many governors are crying out for: states should be left to administer local governments for effectiveness.

Dr. Kayode Fayemi, who attended with his wife, Bisi – a past Lecturer at the Forum in her own right as a woman activist whose area of interest which predates her husband’s political career – is women empowerment for which she has an NGO that has strong international recognition.  Dr. Fayemi concurred with Dr. Mimiko as the problems with states all over Nigeria’s “federation” are very similar.

He mentioned his long association with Professor Adamolekun as mentor, adviser and friend.

The Ekiti Governor attended the Forum with several top members of his administration.  Adamolekun, he told attendees, has been working with the state in getting its Public Service on sound footing.

Even though the edition was a celebratory one, the format was kept which saw Ms. Amal Pepple as Lecturer and Mr. Sam Amuka-Pemu, Vanguard Publisher as Chairman.

There were many friends from home and abroad among whom were:

Professor Akin & Justice Titi Mabogunje; Ambassador Laleye of Benin Republic; Prof. Daramola, FUTA VC; Mrs. Ronke Okusanya, a notable woman activist who was arrested and detained at Iyaganku Police Station for quite a while after the rigging of Ekiti’s gubernatorial elections.  I do not recall her  committing any “crime” beyond being at one with her fellow Ekiti women whom she led to the abracadabra  election manipulation of 2007.  Okay, she’s also a friend of this blogger!

There were Dr. Ayo & Mrs. Ayoka Lawani; Professor Niyi Osundare from her base in the States.  Osundare wrote a poem for the occasion which he read at the reception.  Even those who did not hear a word of the poetry came alive each time he sang an Ekiti song that he laced the poetry with at intervals!

Among others were Chief Joop Berkhout, Publisher, of course, Prof. Dele Olowu who recalled how friends “commiserated with him when Adamolekun was named as his supervisory professor and he was a grad student because he was pitied for getting a very tough draw1 Mr. Daramola, Ondo Commissioner for Planning & Budget; TELL‘s Dele  Babarinsa, also a Lecturer during the early days of the Forum;
FUTA Registrar, one of those young female administrative heads of Nigeria’s universities who make Nigerian women  very proud – Dr. Dupe Ajayi.  Since Adamolekun was for a couple of years involved in part-time lectureship to grad students at FUTA, and in view of the fact that the Public Affairs Library at Iju that he donated for public use by grad students in the immediate vicinity of Ije benefits FUTA a whole lot, Dr. Ajayi was very involved in the program of July 20.

There were also  Prof & Mrs. Femi Odesanmi; Dr. Laoye Adegoke (Aiye o le!); Senator Farukanmi & wife;
Prof. Tunde Adeniran;, spouse of Cousin Kemi; Prof. Osita Ogbu, and his spouse, Dr. Ogugua Osita-Ogbu, Mr. & Mrs. Sanya Oyinsan and many others who must pardon me as I write this list from those I know.

Ms. Amal Pepple, delivering her lecture

Professor Ladipo & Mrs. Jumoke Adamolekun

Ekiti’s First Lady, Bisi Fayemi, pose with celebrant and wife at the reception at Towlab Center, Akure

Family members with Professor Adamolekun’s mom. Back R to L: Celebrant, wife (Jumoke), Dr. Depo & Tola Adenle, Dr. Wole; Mrs. Pat & spouse, Dr. Joe; Bisi (Wole’s wife) & Felicia. Flanking Mama (Ladipo’s mom) are L to R Olori Olugbemigun and daughter, Yemi after the celebratory Holy Communion service in living room of Ladipo’s mom.

Ms. Amal Pepple with celebrant, his wife, Ondo’s Gov. Mimiko, Ekiti’s Gov. Fayemi & wife; 2nd left is Blogger

Professor Dele Olowu, Director, Africa-Europe Foundation, The Netherlands, delivering his Comments after Ms. Pepple’s well-received lecture

L to R: Mrs. Peju and Professor Femi Odesanmi with Celebrant

L to R: Dr. Ogugua Osita-Ogbu & Dr. Osita Ogbu and a guest at the Lecture

Professor Tunde Adeniran at the reception

Mr. Sam Amuka-Pemu, Left, Publisher/Chairman of Vanguard Newspapers chaired the Lecture with the Celebrant

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2 Comments on “Iju Public Affairs Forum (3 of 3): Images from Professor Adamolekun’s 70th Birthday Edition”

  1. chief olanrewaju isaac oluwabatemiku Says:

    well, I joined well-meaning Nigerians to celebrate with my mentor, Prof Adamolekun.



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