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Akande, NCC board chair honoured with chieftaincy, wife too - ITREALMS

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The Chairman Board of Commissioners at the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Adeolu Akande and his wife were at the weekend honoured with the title of Fimogboye and Yeye Fimogboye of Igboholand respectively, reports 
The installation ceremony, ITREALMS gathered would be marked on a future date.
Sources close to the Alepeta of Igboholand, Oba Joel Olalere Olawuwo Alasorogan, disclosed this on Saturday during the fund-raising ceremony for the construction of a new palace for the town.

Prof. Akande, who doubles as the chairman of the palace fund raising event, was described as a “stellar son of Oke-Ogum and a colossal of exceptional degree in Oyo State” whom they are well pleased.

The monarch revealed that the conferment of the chieftaincy title was in commemoration of his two years coronation anniversary as the Alepata of Igboholand, Oba Joel Olalere Olawuwo.

“We thank you for all you do in Oke-Ogun where you hail from, Oyo State and Nigeria at large,” the letter read.

ITREALMS  recalled that Prof. Akande until his appointment by President Muhammadu Buhari to the Governing Board of NCC, Prof. Akande was the Chairman, Board of National Information Technology Development Agency, (NITDA).

An eminent academic, consummate professional and all-round gentleman, a substantial part of Prof. Adeolu Akande's 54 years on earth has been in the service of Nigeria and her people – as a resourceful journalist, a teacher and top-level public servant.

Akande is a Professor of Comparative Politics and Political Communication at the Igbinedion University, Okada, Edo State where he also serves as the Director of the Centre for Presidential Studies. He attended Anwar-ul-Islam High School, Iseyin and the Oyo State College of Arts and Science, Ile-Ife before reading Political Science at the University of Ibadan.

He obtained his B.SC, M.SC and PhD in the course at Nigeria's premier university where he also worked as a lecturer. He left indelible footprints in Nigeria’s vibrant newspaper industry as Regional Editor, Southwest of the Punch Newspapers; Deputy Editor/Acting Editor, Sunday Tribune, and Editor-in-Chief of the pro-democracy magazine, Omega Weekly.

Beyond his journalism and academia credentials, Akande served as Deputy Chief Press Secretary and later as Special Assistant, Research and Communications Strategy to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. He was also Chief of Staff to the Governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi.

Among his other initiatives and affiliations, Akande is the founder of the Adeolu Akande Foundation – a non-profit organization with the vision of interventions based on promoting the dignity of the individual; rather than give philanthropy away, the foundation invests in people through scholarships, seed funding, youth empowerment and skills acquisition.

Professor Akande is also a Law Graduate of the Igbinedion University, Okada.

Ayo Midele/Editor

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