Late Odoba of Ado-Ekiti, Chief Alex Olu- Ajayi
Dr. Adepoju Ajayi FCA, The Chairman of Ado-Ekiti Trustees Committee has issued a statement to commiserate with the family of the late legend, past
Chairman of the Ado-Ekiti Trustees Committee and a strong pillar in the community – Chief Dr. Alex Olu Ajayi,
the Odoba of Ado-Ekiti who transited to glory last week.
In a press statement jointly signed by the Secretary General of Ado Trustees Committee, Dr. Jadesola Taiwo
Babatola and the PRO, CSP Dolapo Badmus, Dr. Adepoju Ajayi described the demise of the late sage as an irreparable loss to Ado-Ekiti people and Nigeria in general.
He noted that the legendary and accomplished Ado-Ekitiborn Chieftain was a distinguished frontline Administrator among his generations in his lifetime.
He served in various positions with a heart full of transparency, accountability and excellence. He was a very reliable
source of national pride in various positions he held at the West African Examination Council and
the University of Ife in his early years.
In the same vein, he made a lot of efforts in the industry as an Entrepreneur to give back to the community and stimulate corporate social responsibility.
He served dutifully and with relevance in
the affairs of proper management of the Ado-Ekiti monarchy and its chieftaincy matters and did his best to protect the interest of Ado-Ekiti wherever he had the opportunity to do so without blemish.
Chief Dr. Alex Olu Ajayi who was born to famous missionary parents – Hon. Canon Joseph Adesuyi Ajayi and Princess (Mrs) Marian Ademubiola Oyegoriade Ajayi of Ado-Ekiti until his passage to the great beyond on Thursday, 25th May 2023, was a Community leader in his hometown, Ado-Ekiti.
He had his formal education at different Anglican mission schools in Ekiti before he entered Igbobi College, Lagos in the early 40s. He also lived in Ibadan during World War II where he joined in farm
work as a schoolboy to collect palm kernels and extract seed nuts towards raising Nigeria’s 20,000 pounds contribution to the British fund to win the world war.
He later passed his London Matriculation examinations and took a Bachelor of Arts degree at Fourah Bay College, Sierra Leone and post-graduate studies at the University of London.
He became the Principal at Fiditi Grammar School, Oyo, at 26 years old and taught in many institutions. He was employed by the West African Examination Council (WAEC) in 1959, and served as an Assistant Registrar and Head of Nigerian Office taking over the conduct of examinations across the
He later had a stint as the Deputy Registrar and Acting Registrar at University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife). Chief Dr. Alex Ajayi was a talented and well-grounded scholar, a Yoruba patriot, linguist, historian and church organist. Indeed, he was a historian and Administrator of repute, to readily promoted Yoruba culture in his generation, having visited more than 100 countries around the world.
In his career path, Chief Ajayi was involved in teaching, examination and administrative work at all levels
of education from primary to tertiary institutions. In the private sector, he made his mark in the manufacturing sector at A. G. Leventis and sponsored
the Leventis United Football Club which became a National Champion.
In governance, he served as Local Government Chairman under military and civilian administrations and other public positions for nearly 60 years. His 342-page autobiography published in 2021 described his accomplishments
as the first surviving Ado-Ekiti graduate.
In his lifetime, he was a great confidant of many traditional rulers in Yoruba land and was honored with chieftaincy titles in Ile-Ife, Owo, and Ado-Ekiti where he was a member of Ewi Traditional
Council as the Odoba Ahunsi of Ado-Ekiti.
He was also a lieutenant of Chief Obafemi Awolowo and late Oba Okunade Sijuwade among others. As an elder statesman, he mediated in party differences during the Second Republic and was for many years, the benefactor of Ekiti State University, AdoEkiti when he donated his building to the University for administrative purposes. The University later honoured him with a Doctorate degree in Public Administration.
Dr. Adepoju Ajayi extolled the attributes of Chief Ajayi Odoba as a gentleman and uncommon political and community leader who remained a role model that spurred many notable indigenes to
support Ewi’s Palace and contribute towards various projects for the community development, In praying for the repose of his soul, he called on all prominent Ado- Ekiti Sons and Daughters to make it a duty to celebrate the legend during activities lined up for his funeral.
He prayed that the wife and children he left behind will continue to lift the banner of good leadership that the community
emulates. May his gentle soul rest in peace.