Victor Oshisada: The passing of an icon
Victor Oshineye Oshisada, a veteran journalist and educator passed away on October 22, this year, at the age of 79 years.
Born in Lagos on June 1, 1940 to the late Chief Matthew Osimosu Oshisada and the late Christianah Oshisada of Ijesa- Ijebu, Odo- Ayanyelu; Odogbolu Local Council of Ogun State. He attended Odo Oye Primary School, Mushin, Lagos (1949-1950); St Jude’s School, Ijesa-Ijebu (1950-52) and Wesley School, Irolu (1953-54) in Western Region. He was also at the Local Authority Secondary Modern School, Odogbolu in 1957.
Thereafter, he taught at St John’s Anglican School, Aroloya, Lagos before proceeding to the Teachers’ Training College, Surulere, where he obtained his Grades One and Two teaching certificates between 1959 and 1964. Later, he taught at various schools among which, were St Peter’s School, Faji; and St John’s Anglican School, Aroloya, Lagos.
From there, he quit teaching to work as a reporter with the defunct Morning Post, a government newspaper in Lagos. In 1972, he obtained study leave with pay to obtain the certificate in journalism at the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Apongbon, Lagos.
In 1973, he was enticed by Alhaji Babatunde Jose to join his newspaper, The Daily Times of Nigeria. He rose to the post of Deputy Editor at Home Studies; Headlines; and Periodicals in different years. He attended various courses here and overseas, obtaining the Advanced Diploma In Journalism from the Times Journalism Institute, Iganmu, Lagos.
He retired from the Daily Times in 1993. Through his professional association with Chief Obafemi Awolowo, he worked briefly with Alhaji Lateef Jakande’s John West Publications in Ikeja.