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Saturday, June 23, 2012

Nigeria's Mr. Television Ambassador Segun Olusola Passes On


H. E. Chief Segun Olusola was Executive Director/Founder of African Refugees Foundation, AREF and Ajibulu Moniya Gallery(Nigeria).

Nigeria's Mr. Television, the great icon of our national cultural orientation Ambassador Segun Olusola has passed on to eternal glory.

The following is a good tribute to Ambassador Olusola by Dotun Oladipo published in the Daily Sun newspapers on 06/21/2012.

The creator of the now rested but famous Village Headmaster series on the Nigeria Television Authority, Ambassador Segun Olusola, is dead.

Olusola, 78, was, until his death, the Chairman of African Refugees Foundation.
Olusola was born in Iperu-Remo, Ogun State on March 18, 1935.

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 and 1947. He proceeded to the United States of America for his University Education - between 1948 and 1961 - where he attended Syracuse and Pittsburgh University respectively. After his university education, he returned to the country and worked with the Nigeria Broadcasting service (now FRCN), Ibadan as Broadcasting Officer, 1955-1959, 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. Director NTA Lagos 1978 – 1987.
In 1987, he was appointed Nigerian Ambassador to Ethiopia and the Organisation of Africa Unity.

He also served the Country in various and private capacities.
He was the founding Director of both the Players of Dawn 1958 -1964 and Theatre Express 1966 – 1969.

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 was the creator and Producer of the popular Television Programme ‘The Village Headmaster', the longest Programme on the Nigerian Television.
He wrote the following books:

Telecape.


20 years of TV in Africa , 1979 and The Motorist Company.

He 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.
Ambassador Sequn Olusola is the Jibulu of Iperu Remo.
His most passionate hobby is settling quarrels.
He was married with Children.



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