Foremost culture promoter and a former Nigerian Ambassador to Ethiopia, Chief Segun Olusola, has passed on.
The creator and writer of popular old television drama, Village Headmaster, died in Lagos in at the age of 77. at the Royal Specialist Hospital at Pako Aguda in Lagos. He was one of Nigeria’s greatest television personalities, serving Nigeria Television Authority in various directorate capacities.
A broadcaster, diplomat and television producer, he was born in Iperu-Remo, Ogun State on March 18, 1935.
A former Minister of Planning and art collector, Chief Rasheed Gbadamosi, confirmed the death.
He holds a national honor of Order of the Federal Republic(OFR)
His aide, Wole Adediran also confirmed on Thursday that he died after a brief illness:.”I can confirm to you that Baba died at about 6.30pm this evening”.
He was a Former Nigerian Ambassador to Ethiopia and served the nation as a diplomat under the Organisation of African Unity, now African Union.
He also served the country in various and private capacities.
He was the founding director of the Players of Dawn between 1958 and 1964 and Theatre Express between 1966 and 1969.
Ambassador Olusola was also Chairman, National Festival Committee and the Nigerian Arts Council in 1970; Director, Second All-Nigeria Festival of Arts and Culture in 1971 and was appointed Vice-Chairman, Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria Planning Committee for the All African Games in 1973.
As the founder of African Refugee Foundation, Olusola advanced the cause of refugees, while initiating programmes that could enhance peaceful co-existence in the society.
Identifying with the young and old, he graced numerous culture and social occasions with his presence and words that often promoted the preservation of African heritage.
Based on such role, he was revered and celebrated by many, as evident in the numerous awards he bagged.
When he clocked 77 in March, for instance, Olusola danced with zeal to the rhythms from drummers at a party held for him in Lagos.
In an interview with The PUNCH after the event, Olusola disclosed that he was the happiest person at the gathering.
Interestingly, his reason was that he lived to be 77.
He said, “I never thought I would live this long but God has been faithful. For this reason, I am looking forward to making good use of these additional years. There must be something that I have not done that God wants me to do. So I will find out and work on it.”