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Village Headmaster scriptwriter, English teacher and 10 other things you may not know about late Alex Akinyele

Village Headmaster scriptwriter, English teacher and 10 other things you may not know about late Alex Akinyele

A former Minister of Sport/Chairman of the National Sports Commission, Chief Alex Akinyele is dead. A family source of the Ondo high chief said he died on Thursday after a brief illness.

As a parting shot, Ripples Nigeria highlights 12 things you may not know about the late amiable administrator who won the hearts of many while he was still in active service.

· He was born in Ondo town to a father who was a teacher but later served in the West African Frontier Force during World War II.

· After his father’s return from the war, Akinyele began his primary education at All Saints School, Ondo, and completed secondary studies at Gboluji Grammar School.

· He then attended St Andrews College, Oyo, to obtain a teacher’s training certificate.

· At St Andrew’s the principal was Seth Runsewe Kale, who took a liking to Akinyele and appointed him a receptionist prefect, an ambassador for the school to receive visitors.

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· After graduation, he taught briefly at his alma mater, Gboluji, before earning a degree in English language from the University of Ife.

· His degree was partially sponsored by a secondary school in Idanre and after completing his course, he returned to the school to teach English for a number of years.

· In 1967, Akinyele transferred his services to the Department of Customs in Lagos. While staying in Lagos, he also found time to work with a group of writers of the Village Headmaster.

· On the recommendation of Customs director, Etim Duke, Akinyele became the public relations officer of the department. He worked in that position until 1978 when he joined a cosmetic company.

· Akinyele was an investor in Newswatch magazine and played a role in negotiations between the Federal Government and magazine when the latter was proscribed in 1986.

· In 1993 as Chairman of the National Sports Commission (NSC), he superintended the country’s first qualification for the FIFA World Cup held in United States in 1994.

· In 1995, the late former Head of State, Gen. Sani Abacha appointed Akinyele as Head of a National Reconciliation Committee with the objective of opening a dialogue with interest groups in the country to support the regime’s democratic transition program.

· He also served as Minister of Information and Culture.

· A trained public relations specialist, Akinyele was a former president of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations.

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