J.K. Randle’s yearly thanksgiving service holds in Lagos Dec. 17
He was an all-round sportsman, businessman, politician and philanthropist. This year’s thanksgiving is in celebration of the bequest of his property – jointly owned with his brother Chief Jack Romannes Randle – Eagle Club (previously known as Shell Club) in 1955 as a Trust with the proceeds to be shared by Ahmadiyya College Agege, Lagos; Ansarudeen College Isolo, Lagos; Holy Cross School, Catholic Mission Street, Lagos; and Brigade of Boys and Girls, Lagos. Several landmarks in Lagos are named after him – J.K. Randle Memorial Hall, Onikan; J.K. Randle Road, Onikan; Randle Hospital Surulere; Randle Road, Surulere; Randle Road, Apapa; Randle Memorial School Apapa, etc.
He was following the footsteps of his illustrious father Dr. J.K. Randle, the pioneer medical doctor, who in 1928 donated the Swimming Pool at Onikan, Lagos and the “Love Garden” next door to “the people of Lagos for their peaceful enjoyment and recreation.”
Chief J.K. Randle is survived by a daughter Mrs. I. M. Adelaja and a son Bashorun J.K. Randle, former Pro-Chancellor and Chairman Lagos State University; Past President, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria, ICAN; and former Chairman KPMG Nigeria; Chairman KPMG Africa and Council Member KPMG International. He also served as a member of the Council of the University of Benin. He is the author of several books among which are : The Godfather Never Sleeps, God Does Not Live in Los Angeles Anymore, Who Is Fooling Who, The Natives Are Friendly and The Duke And The Soul Princess.