Culture icon, Segun Olusola, dies at 77

Culture icon, Segun Olusola, dies at 77

Nigeria’s former Ambassador to Ethiopia and culture icon, Chief Segun Olusola, has died in Lagos at the age of 77.

The former ambassador, veteran broadcaster, diplomat and ace television producer died in a Lagos hospital on Thursday night.

Before his death, he had starred as the lead character in Village Headmaster, a popular soap in the 1970s and 1980s on the Nigerian Television Authority.

He was also the creator and producer of the series, which was the longest on Nigerian television.

Also on the show was his former wife, the late Elsie Olusola, who featured as Sisi Clara.

He also founded Ajibulu Moniya Arts Gallery in Surulere, Lagos and was a champion of respect for and preservaion of African arts and culture.

According to http://www.daarusa.com, Olusola was born at Iperu-Remo on the 18 th of March, 1935 and hailed from Iperu-Remo in Ogun State.

He attended St. John’s Catholic School and Wesley School , Iperu-Remo from 1941 to 1947. He did his secondary school education at Remo Secondary School , Sagamu between 1941 to 1947.

He proceeded to the United States for his university education – between 1948 and 1961 – where he attended Syracuse and Pittsburgh University respectively.

He returned to the country and worked with the Nigeria Broadcasting Service (now FRCN), Ibadan as Broadcasting Officer from 1955 – 1959.

He was also Executive Producer, WNBC/WNTV Ibadan, 1959 – 1964; Controller of Programmes NBC – TV, Lagos 1965 – 1974; Director of Programmes NTA Lagos , 1974 – 1976; General Manager 1976 – 1978; and Director, NTA Lagos 1978 – 1987.

In 1987, he was appointed Nigerian Ambassador to Ethiopia and the Organisation of Africa Unity (now African Union).
He also served as founding fdirector of both the Players of Dawn 1958 -1964 and Theatre Express 1966 – 1969.  He was chairman, National Festival Committee and the Nigeria Arts Council, 1970;  Director, Second All – Nigeria Festival of Arts and Culture, 1971;  Vice-Chairman, Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria Planning Committee for the Second All African Games – 1973.
He was a Lecturer, Institute of Journalism , 1973 – 1974.   Chairman, Programmes Committee Management Board, University of Lagos , Centre of Cultural Studies.

He wrote the following books: Telecape 20 years of TV in Africa (1979) and The Motorist Company.

Olusola was the President, Remo Secondary School Old Students Association;  Vice-President, Alumni Association of the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies, 1993; Chairman, International Centre for Arts, Lagos; Founding President, African Refugees Foundation; and Ajibola Moniya Gallery; Past President/Fellow, Society of Nigerian Broadcasters and member/trustee, International Institute of Communication since 1976.

Olusola was the jibulu of Iperu Remo in Ogun State.

He is survived by his wife, Beatrice Fehintola Olusola; his children – Ms. Aderonke Ajibulu-Moniya, Mr. Jimi Olusola III, Ms. Toyin Laditi, Mr. Sabitu Olusola, Ms. Toyin Adejumo, Mr. Samuel Olusola – and his immediate younger sister, Mrs. Biodun Kehinde.