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Mrs Caroline Akinfeleye (right); her husband, Prof. Ralph Akinfeleye with Dr. and Mrs R.F. Oladipipo at the reception

Like the proverbial golden fish that has no hidden place, the election of Prof. Ralph Akinfeleye into the World Journalism Education Council (WJEC) has continued to attract felicitation.

Recently, the Adegoke-Akinfeleye Foundation in collaboration with the General Overseer, God of Glory Christian Church (GGCC), Pastor A.T. Williams held a reception in honour of the distinguished scholar.

The get-together held at Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja drew the participation of eminent personalities such as the Chief Medical Director of R-Jolad Plus Hospital, Dr. R.F. Oladipupo, and his wife, Mrs Oladipupo; Vice Chairman, Oshodi local government council, Hon. Daisi Osho;

Elder and Mrs Femi Ayeni; Mr and Mrs Babatunde Ogundiraun; Mr and Mrs Sunny Esubie; Mrs Duke Aminu; Mrs Tola Gbogboade; Prince Korede; Mr and Mrs Olawoyin; Messers Bayo Oshinowo, Ade Olusanya among others.

Officials of the foundation that coordinated the over one-hour outing were Funso Adegoke (Executive Director) and his wife, Florence; Mrs O. Kajero (Secretary); Mr. B.O. Iyanda (Project Adviser); and Pastor Ben Olusanya (Head, Finance, and Administration).

In the estimation of Dr.Oladipupo, Prof. Akinfeleye is a phenomenon! “A man who is really cerebral. I have known him for close to 40 years. But his achievements in the last 30 years in the field of communication have been quite enormous. He has done so well, he has achieved in leaps and bounds. He is synonymous with journalism in Nigeria similar to when you mention Silicon Valley and you talk about Bill Gates and others… Akinfeleye is our Bill Gates in terms of communication expertise and other great journalistic feats.”

Babatunde Ogundiraun, a family friend of over 70 years spoke eloquently about the contribution of the communication scholar to the growth and development of his home town, Idanre in Ondo State. “In the area of education, he has assisted a lot of our sons and daughters to gain admission into higher institutions in the country. We are proud of him and we will continue to wish him all the best and greater heights in all ramifications.”

Prof. Akinfeleye’s wife, Mrs Caroline described the electoral feat as well deserved.

“I am not surprised! This is because right from the onset, he has distinguished himself as a very hard working and meticulous person. He always aspires to achieve. Once he sets a goal, he works towards achieving it. I am so happy. God has really recognised him and he is moving up.”

The Chairman of the foundation, Barrister A.A. Obisanya emphasised immense contribution of Akinfeleye to the teaching and practice of mass communication in Nigeria. He said the reception was in acknowledgment of the fact that “people are the real wealth of a nation.” The vision of the foundation, according to him, “is to advance the richness in human life by unlocking the people potential through education, economic empowerment, sports development and promotion of individual businesses through free advisory services for wealth creation, self-sufficiency for better society and enhancement of the quality of life.”

Primarily, the foundation aims at preserving the legacies of two prominent sons of Idanre kingdom in Ondo State – Samuel Adedeji Adegoke and Chief Moses Akinjemiyan Akinfeleye – who were renowned as successful agric-business fellows and deployed their resources to support the needy and less privileged indigenes of Idanre especially in the areas of education and empowerment while alive.


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