| Birth & Education
Province, Western Region, Nigeria, Adeseun Ogundoyin
started his working life as a barber.
At the age of 17, a frail, fair-complexioned, poorly-clad
boy walked gingerly into the office of the
headmistress of Baptist Day School, Eruwa, begging to
be admitted. Bemused, the headmistress, Mrs. D.
B. Gbolagunte took him to Primary 1 and asked if he
would not feel ashamed in a class of boys and girls
much younger. Not at all, he replied. Thus Ogundoyin
started school at the age of 17. After school hours
and on weekends, Ogundoyin would ply his trade as a
barber, He also had old bicycles to rent out to
young boys at so much per minute.
Mrs. Gbolagunte would one day say of her pupil: 'he
became extremely wealthy as he had earlier been
Ever first, Ogundoyin completed the four-year course in
two and gained admission to the Secondary Modern Commercial School. He had no money to pay his way
through and was helped along by sympathetic acquaintances who noticed the promise he held.
Ogundoyin would later sit for and pass the Ordinary and Advanced Levels. He then attended Yaba College
of Technology for a diploma in Business Studies.
In 1983, already a man of means, but still insatiable in his thirst for knowledge, Ogundoyin studied at the
University of Bradford for an M.Phil degree in Management.
Technology in 1968, Ogundoyin was appointed
Sales Administration Manager by Messrs
Steiner Nigeria Ltd. The company sent him on a
6 month senior management course in
Switzerland. On his return he was promoted
Area Manager for the Western Region.
Soon, the urge to be the captain of his own
business ship got the better of him. In 1973,
Ogundoyin established what was to become the
first in a chain of phenomenally successful
business concerns. His companies included
Femo (West Africa) Ltd, Messrs Niko
Engineering Ltd, and a plastics and nails
industry. He also had a 4000 hectare oil palm
plantation in his home town, Eruwa.
him. Ogundoyin had a big heart for indulging in audacious business risks. Although quiet on the outside, he
had such feisty aggressiveness that put him ahead of competition.
his palms grew! Ogundoyin gave hugely,
in private and in public:
As a councilor in 1974, he gave his
entire salary to the Sickle Cell Clinic at
the University College Hospital,
A keen sports philanthropist, he built a
stadium at his own expense and
established the Femo Football
Club, a team that once played in the
premier league. In 1988, he handed over
the stadium to the Oyo State Sports
University), Oyo State University of Technology (now Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, LAUTECH).
A whopping N12.5m donation in cash and equipment helped establish the Civil, Electrical, Mechanical and
Agric Engineering Faculties of the Eruwa Campus of Ibadan Polytechnic
Ogundoyin gave hundreds of scholarships to indigent students to study at higher institutions.
Ogundoyin's London residence was a public house of sorts. Everyone knew where the keys were kept to
let themselves in. Many Nigerians, nay, Africans in London for the first time had a comfortable place to
dwell in till they could find their own feet.
Sickle Cell Challenge
and ambition. Haematology Professor Lucio Luzzatto of the Royal
Postgraduate Medical School, University of London, describes the
wealthy businessman as ‘a brave patient who took things in his stride’. Once,
on recovery from a ‘serious episode', Luzzatto remembers, Ogundoyin grilled
his doctors with a lot of ‘hard questions’ about his special condition.
Likewise Professor G. J. F. Esan, of the University College Hospital, Ibadan,
who attended to Ogundoyin as a physician for over twenty years, recalls his
patient as a 'meticulous man of big ideas' who spared no expense to get
himself properly managed.
Chief Adeseun Ogundoyin was hard at work at noon on the 18th of June
1991. As usual, he had meetings with business associates and the multitude
who thronged to see him daily for assistance. Later that day, he developed a
sudden health crisis, which took him away.
University of Bradford. Nigeria had lost an industrialist and an academic, a philanthropist and a patriot,
who meant well for fellow citizens. He was a man to whom wealth meant nothing if not shared.
|REMEMBERING CHIEF ADESEUN OGUNDOYIN (1940 - 1991), THE LEGEND
WHO DEMONSTRATED THAT SICKLE CELL IS NO BARRIER TO EXCELLENCE
|1974. Ogundoyin handing over cheque to Prof Kayode
Osuntokun, Medical Director,
UCH, He gave his entire salary as a Councillor to the
Sickle Cell Clinic, University College Hospital, Ibadan
|Ogundoyin, and his wives