HIGH CHIEF DR. (MRS.) WINIFRED ADEFOLAHAN AWOSIKA (OON)  Founder/Chairman, Chrisland Schools Limited.

High Chief Dr. (Mrs.) W.A Awosika (OON), Founder/Chairman, Chrisland Schools Limited and Founder/Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Chrisland University was born in Owo on the 13th of February 1940.She had her primary school education at the Government Primary School, Owo before she proceeded to St Anne’s Girls’ School, Molete, Ibadan for her secondary school education. She thereafter attended the Nigerian College of Arts, Science and Technology Enugu, for her intermediate studies and A/Levels. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree (BA)Hons., from the then University College, Ibadan, now the University of Ibadan, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Education from the University of Lagos, in 1974/75.

High Chief Dr. (Mrs.) W.A. Awosika also holds an honorary Doctorate Degree in Management Technology from the Federal University of Technology, Akure, in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the development of the education sector. In addition to this, she is a Fellow of the Ondo State Polytechnic. Prior to the establishment of her first Nursery/Primary School in 1977, the seasoned educationist and administrator par excellence, taught in various public schools including Methodist Girls High School, Yaba and Oshodi Grammar School. In a bid to contribute her own quota to the advancement of education in Nigeria, High Chief Dr. (Mrs.) W. A. Awosika, a woman of great vision, planted a “mustard seed”, establishing a Nursery School with just five (5) children in the boys quarters of her home in Ladipo

Oluwole, Ikeja, Lagos. This she nurtured tirelessly, with the support and encouragement of her late husband, Chief (Dr.) Victor Oloyede Awosika. Today, 38 years after, it has grown and flourished into four (4) Nursery/Primary Schools , four (4) Secondary Schools (in Lagos and Abuja), a Pre degree College, and most recently, Chrisland University, which officially received its licence on the 5th of March, 2015.

A woman of many parts, High Chief Dr. (Mrs.) W. A. Awosika is the Chairman of many blue chip companies. She is also a member of many International Bodies and Associations including the Zonta International and the National Council of Women Society (NCWS), and a Fellow of the Institute of Directors Nigeria. In the year 2004, the Federal Government of Nigeria, conferred on her the National Merit Award – Officer of The Order of The Niger (OON), for her immense contribution and undying interest in the development of the education sector in Nigeria. High Chief Dr. (Mrs.) W. A. Awosika has also received honour and recognition from various parts of the country. She is the Oshobiken of Owo, the Erelu of Okaland, the Yeye Fiwa Joye of Ile Ife and the Yeye Loroo of Ode Remo, to mention a few.

In the religious circle also, she is a force to reckon with. She is the Matron of the Busy Bees Society of Archbishop Vining Memorial Church Cathedral, Ikeja and many more. No doubt, to this living legend, High Chief Dr. (Mrs.) W. A. Awosika (OON), through rugged determination, hard work and tenacity, her dream and vision, “to be in the forefront in the private education sector and to nurture the children to be all they can be, through quality all-round education from kindergarten to tertiary level has become a feat accomplished.

CHIEF OLU FALOMO (MICHAEL OLUMUYIWA FALOMO)  Member, Board of Trustees of Chrisland University

Born on 24th August 1938 at Ilesa, Osun State Chief Olu Falomo was educated at Government, Ibadan, College for the Distributive Trades, London and later at the University of Lagos. He was one of the pioneers of Television and Commercial Radio Broadcasting at WNTV and WNBS in 1959 and 1960. He later transferred to Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation Commercial Services in Lagos in 1961 as the Corporation’s first Production Unit Officer. In 1963 he went into Advertising, first at West Africa Publicity Limited which later became Lintas Limited and rose from Trainee Client Service Executive to Client Service Director and later transferred to Ogilvy, Benson and Mather Nig. Ltd, as an Executive Director. He recently retired as Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Forum Advertising Ltd, an outfit he founded in 1986.

Chief Olu Falomo has been a Director of Reckitt Benckiser Nigeria Limited for over 41 years and Chairman of the company for over 36 years. He is also Chairman of Investments (1971) Limited, Chairman of Town & Gown Associates, Chairman of Righteous Purse Associates, Chairman of Locke International Consultancy Limited, Director of Magna Tabla Associates, Director of Bulwark Vault and

Safes Deposit Limited and Principal Consultant, Olu Falomo & Associates. Chief Olu Falomo is a member of some charity organizations such as, The Nigeria Society for the Blind, where he has been a member of the Executive Council since 1987 and was the Chairman of the Executive Council of the Society, Ile Aanu Olu Pre-School Unit for Physically Challenged Children where he was the Chairman of the Management Committee for several years until recently when he handed over to a younger person and was made the Patron of the School. He is also a Past President of the Rotary Club of Surulere.

He was a member of the Board of Trustees of Osun State UNDP/Assisted Sustainable Human Development Fund (OSSHDF), a Member of the Board of Trustees of Bode Akindele Foundation, Member of the Board of Trustees of D.O. Fagunwa Foundation and a Member of the Board of Trustees St. Paul’s Senior Citizens Foundation for Elderly Persons.He has been President or Council Member of several advertising Professional Bodies among which are, Association of Advertising Agencies of Nigeria (AAAN), (Past President), Nigeria Chapter of the International Advertising Association (IAA), (Past President) Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria (APCON) Council Member from 1989 – 2003. He was appointed Chairman of APCON by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in December, 1999 and served in that capacity for four years.

He was also a member of the World Board of Directors of the International Advertising Association (IAA) from 1990 – 1994. He was the second person to be made a Fellow of the Registered Practitioners in Advertising in Nigeria (FRPA). Chief Olu Falomo is a renowned Socialite who is an active member of several Social and Cultural Clubs among which are – Island Club, Lagos, of which he is a Past Chairman and Trustee of the Club, The City Club (Past Chairman), The Ef-Ef (Faithful Friends) Club (Past President), Ikoyi Club 1938 (Life Member), Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, Yoruba Tennis Club, “Club 38” (Past Chairman), Ilesa Frontliners (Past President), Ilesa Social Elite and “The Board” where he is the current Chairman. Chief Olu Falomo was married to Mrs. Hilda Titilola Falomo (nee Bajulaiye) a Lawyer/Insurance Executive who passed on to the Great Beyond about 22 years ago and they are blessed with Children and Grand Children. Olu is a devout Christian and a prominent member of the Cathedral Church of Christ, Marina, Lagos, where he has served in various capacities including ten years on the Standing Committee, three years as Chairman of the Feast of Dedication Committee, Chairman of the Gala Night Fund Raising Committee, Chairman of the Membership Committee, Chairman of the Think-Tank Committee, First Coordinator of the Community Hymn Singing Programme.

He was Social Secretary and later Secretary of the Cathedral Circle, Social Secretary and later President of the Cathedral Christian Brothers. He was the Leader of Group C of the Cathedral Guild of Stewards and was recently honoured by the Lagos Diocesan Guild of Stewards for exemplary service. He is a Patron of several Church Societies in Lagos and elsewhere in Nigeria. He was the founder and co-ordinator of the Surulere Prayer Breakfast Group for over 20 years and also the Publicity Secretary of the Christian Laity of Nigeria for over 30years. He is the Otun Baroyin of Oke-Ona Egba, Lomoofe of Ilare-Ijesa, He is the Lofosan of Ifosan Quarters in Ilesa, Osun State.

MRS. IBIRONKE OLATOKUNBO ADEYEMI  Member, Board of Trustees of Chrisland University.

Mrs Ibironke Olatokunbo Adeyemi (FCA) (Nee Awosika) was born on the 21st September, 1965. She attended Queens College, Lagos for her Secondary School education and the University of Lagos where she obtained her Bachelor of ScienceDegree (B.Sc) in Economics.

She is a Chartered Accountant. Mrs. Ibironke Adeyemi started her professional career as an Audit Trainee with Peat Marwick Ani Ogunde & Co in 1986 in Kano and rose to become an Audit officer in the firm in 1991. Mrs Ibironke Adeyemi joined the family business in 1992 as the Finance/ Administration Manager at Chemo Pharma Laboratories Limited and rose to the position of the Executive Director in 1993.

She moved to Chrisland Schools Limited where today, she is the Managing Director. She is a member of many Professional Bodies. She is also an alumni of the Lagos Business School, a member of the Institute of Directors and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN). Mrs Ibironke Adeyemi is a member of the Board of Trustees of Chrisland University.

 

DR. OLUFEMI AWOSIKA  Member, Board of Trustees of Chrisland University.

Dr. Chief Olufemi Babatunde Awosika was born on the 27th of September, 1967 in Lagos.

He began his education at Grange School GRA, Ikeja and briefly attended Igbobi College, Lagos and then Government College, Ibadan.

He continued his education at Bradfield College, Berkshire, England. For his first degree in Pre-Medicine, he was admitted into the University of Massachusetts in Amherst in 1989 where he graduated with Honors in 1993 and then completed his Master Degree in Public Health in 1994.

He qualified as a U.S trained Medical Doctor in 2006 and having done his Residency in New York, he became a United States

Board Certified Physician in 2010 where he is currently residing and practicing medicine. Dr. Chief Olufemi Awosika holds a traditional Chieftaincy Title of Ademarayola of Owo, Ondo State since 1996.

MRS. YEMI OWOLABI (B.sc, FCA, FCMA, HCIB, ACIT ) Member, Board of Trustees of Chrisland University.

Yemi Owolabi is currently the Executive Director, Finance of Standard Chartered Bank in Nigeria and Regional Chief Finance Officer for West Africa. She joined the Bank as the pioneer Chief Financial Officer (CFO) in August 1999 and became an Executive Director of the Bank in December 2006, a position she still holds till date. Yemi Owolabi has about 24 years of banking experience. She worked as the Financial Controller of Fidelity Bank PLC (formerly Fidelity Union Merchant Bank Limited) and prior to that worked as an Audit Senior at KPMG Peat Marwick Ani Ogunde & Co where she qualified as a Chartered accountant in 1990. Yemi is a strong finance professional, with excellent credentials and deep experience built on a reputation for clear strategic insights, strong analytical skills, and great team building skills. Yemi’s vision is to continually leverage her robust professional experience to build/ drive/ deliver enterprise business plans including a strong financial Control environment.

Yemi is a graduate of the Obafemi Awolowo University with Bachelors degree (Honors) in Social Sciences, a distinguished Fellow of both the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), an Honorary

Senior member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN), Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN), and a respected faculty member of the Financial Institutions Training Center (FITC), closely involved in directing programs in the field of risk , capital and liquidity management.

Public Engagement

Yemi has served in various leadership capacities within and outside the Banking and Finance Industry; she regularly features as a faculty member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria and the Financial Institutions Training Centre She is the Chairperson of the P.A Olakulehin Educational Support Foundation, which focuses on awarding scholarships to orphans Yemi is an avid reader and enjoys mentoring within and outside SCB Group. She takes keen interest in education; she is a past Chairperson of Parents Teachers Association of Chrisland College, Idimu, Nigeria and a member of the Board of Trustee of the Chrisland University in Nigeria. She is a regular conference speaker and she spends her leisure time with mentoring people, reading, and listening to music. She is married to Reverend Olakunle Owolabi, the General Overseer of Living Word Assembly International Inc. They are blessed with four adorable children.

CHIEF (MRS.) MARGARET O. SHONEKAN  Member, Board of Trustees of Chrisland University.

She was born on October 28, 1940 in Gusau in the present Zamfara State of Nigeria. She attended St. Margaret's School Ilesha where she sat the Cambridge School Certificate Examination and Ibadan Grammar School for her Higher School Certificate course. In 1961 she gained admission to Nigeria's Premier University - University College, Ibadan from where she graduated with a B.A (Hons) in History.

In 1968 she attended St. Godric's College, London for a Post-graduate Diploma programme in Administration and Management. She was appointed Assistant Registrar Trainee on 1st October, 1965 and except for the period between 1986 and 1994 when she was appointed as a Federal Civil Service Commissioner, the entire span of her working career was devoted to the services of the West African Examination Council.

During her stint as Federal Service Commissioner, she gave appointments to qualified graduates from States assigned to her without discrimination.

She was born on October 28, 1940 in Gusau in the present Zamfara State of Nigeria. She attended St. Margaret's School Ilesha where she sat the Cambridge School Certificate Examination and Ibadan Grammar School for her Higher School Certificate course. In 1961 she gained admission to Nigeria's Premier University - University College, Ibadan from where she graduated with a B.A (Hons) in History. In 1968 she attended St. Godric's College, London for a Post-graduate Diploma programme in Administration and Management. She was appointed Assistant Registrar Trainee on 1st October, 1965 and except for the period between 1986 and 1994 when she was appointed as a Federal Civil Service Commissioner, the entire span of her working career was devoted to the services of the West African Examination Council. During her stint as Federal Service Commissioner, she gave appointments to qualified graduates from States assigned to her without discrimination.

MRS. EMILY OKHEREN AIG-IMOUKHUEDE   Member, Board of Trustees of Chrisland University.

Mrs Emily Okheren Aig-Imoukhuede was born into the Ihonde family of Oke-Ora in Owan West Local Government of Edo State on 27th October, 1941. Her maternal uncle was a school teacher and encouraged her to school rather early; first at St. John’s Junior Primary school and the first set of Anglican Girls School both in Sabongidda-Ora, Edo State. From 1954 to 1958, she attended one of the best all-girls secondary schools, Saint Anne’s School Ibadan from where she left with a Grade One West African Examination Council (WAEC) Certificate.

From 1958 to 1961 she attended Nigerian College of Arts and Science, Ibadan for General Certificate of EducationAdvance Level; from there she proceeded in 1961 to the University College, Ibadan and studied History, graduating Second Class Upper Division in 1964.

She started her work life as a teacher in Aunty Ayo Girls Comprehensive High School, Lagos and briefly at her alma mater St Anne’s School, Ibadan. In 1967, she joined the civil service as the curator of the National Museum Onikan, Lagos.

Here she pioneered and vigorously promoted the use of the museum by children of primary and secondary schools for which she was magnanimously supported by the Ford Foundation and the British Council through foreign travel to museums in the United Kingdom and other African Counties including Niger and Uganda. This initiative ultimately culminated in the establishment of Directorate of Education within the Commission for Museum and Monuments a few years later.

Late sixties and early seventies, she served as a free-lance Journalist of mixed media; writing (for weekly children’s page of Daily Times, and a column in the Sunday Times) and scripting for radio and television (Voice of Nigeria and Nigerian Television Authority) on cultural, women and children issues.

She promoted artists from) her home within the early 1970s, and went on to establish Gong Gallery (the second private art gallery in Nigeria), where she exhibited works by notable artists like late Chuks Anyawu, David Dale, Kolade Oshinowo, Obiora Udechukwu, Dele Jegede and The Lijadu Twins etc.

She has spent the major part of her life in service to her community, her constituency, i.e. women and her nation. She has also served in non-governmental and civil society based organisations. As a member of the National Council for Women Societies, she rose through the ranks as Assistant National Secretary in 1978 to become the National President from 1988 to 1993. Her passion for women and children has seen her on the boards of various women and children initiatives including SOS Children’s Village and Better Life for Women Programme. She is a trustee of  the Women and Children of Hope (an HIV AIDS support NGO)Women in Peace Initiative, West African Women Association, Nigeria Chapter, Centre for Africa Settlement Studies and Development, Ibadan, life member of International Council of Women, Member Prison Fellowship International; She is also a Foundation member, Lambo Foundation,  Board Member of Business Education Examination Council, Essential Child Care Foundation, Police Officers Widows Trust (1991-93), Edo State Economic Council (1991-92),  and  Life Patron Child  Foundation.

From being a foundation member of the Assessor Committee for the Nigerian National Merit Award Board of Trustees in 1979, she has served  as Director on several Boards including, Nigerian Mining Corporation (1985), Nigerian Cargo Company Limited (1987-91),  National Universities Commission (1989-1993), Warri Refinery (1989-1993). She was a distinguished visiting lecturer at Nigerian Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies on Women and Civil Society activities (1991, 1992). In 1993, she served as Minister of State, Ministry of State and Local Government Affairs and a member of the Transitional Council.

In 1998 she attended Word of Faith Bible Institute full time programme, Kaduna and was an ordained minister of the gospel that year. She has an independent ministry - Believers Life in Christ Ministry – with a correspondence bible school and   a vibrant outreach to almost all Nigerian prisons. She also oversees Dreamland Foundation, which empowers ex- inmates through agro skill acquisition on a mixed farm in Nigeria.

She successfully attracted SMEDAN, The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency in Nigeria, a parastatal in the Presidency to introduce entrepreneurial sensitisation and training in Nigerian prisons in Lagos and Kaduna. SMEDAN is the technical partner to the Prison Fellowship (International) Nigeria in the Onesimus Project, an elaborate training programme on diverse skills preparing prison inmates for a positive life after prison.

She has authored a few books, namely:

  • The Seven Maidens and other stories
  • The Holy Communion for Divine Healing and Health
  • I shall not die but live – A Scriptural healing manual.

In 1992, she received the Nigerian Institute for Public Relations (NIPR) Award for Excellence for outstanding community relations. In 1993 she received the Queen Amina Foundation Award for utmost dedication to the cause of humanity and great contributions to the betterment of Nigerian womanhood. Also in 1993, she was invested Very Important Citizen of Edo State by the first executive governor, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun.

She has travelled far and near in Africa, Asia, Europe and the United States of America for conferences on Women and children.

She is married to Mr. Frank Aig - Imoukhuede OON retired Federal Director -General of Culture, Poet and Author. They are blessed with the following children:  

  • Arc (Mrs.) Erepitan  Efe. Ola-Adisa
  • Mr. Aigboje Aig -Imoukhuede  CON 
  • Mrs. Kemi   Balogun 
  • Mr. Aigbovbioise. Aig - Imoukhuede 

DR. CHIEF (MRS.) OLUBUSOLA ONIKEPO FASEHUN  Member, Board of Trustees of Chrisland University.

Dr. Chief (Mrs.) Olubusola Onikepo Fasehun (Nee Awosika) was born on the 12th April, 1964. She had her education at Grange School, Ikeja (where she was House Captain). She attended Queen’s School, Ibadan and Heathfield School, Ascot, Berks, England (where she was a Prefect).

She qualified as a Medical Doctor in 1989 from the University of Lagos where she received a Neuro Anatomy Prize at the College of Medicine, Idi Araba. She has attended several courses in Occupational and Aviation Medicine (University of London, 2001) and also the Lagos Business School Company Direction Course (2007).

Dr. Chief (Mrs.) Fasehun is the Group Medical Director of Holy Trinity Hospitals and a director of many reputable companies.

Dr. Chief (Mrs.) Fasehun is the Yeye Boyede of Ijebu – Ife (2001) and a Past President of Inner Wheel Club of Opebi (2001).

She is a Member of the Nigerian Medical Association, the Guild of Medical Directors and of the Institute of Directors.

She is also a member of the Nigerian – American Chamber of Commerce and the Nigerian-South African Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Chief (Mrs.) Olubusola Fasehun is a Member of the Board of Trustees of Chrisland University.

MR. OLUBANKOLE AWOSIKA  Member, Board of Trustees of Chrisland University.

Mr. Olubankole Awosika was born on the 15th December, 1969. He is a Legal Practitioner who was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1996. He worked in the Legal Firms of Strachan Partners and Prof A. B. Kasumu and Company. Mr. Awosika is a director of many companies, including Chemo Pharma Laboratories, Chrisland Schools, Ltd.

Holy Trinity Hospitals and Bradfield Consulting Ltd. He is the Principal Partner of Olubankole Awosika & Co. Mr. Awosika is the Managing Director of City Commercial & Industrial Enterprises Ltd (CCIE), a company which specializes in property development, Industrial Warehousing and Estate Management. He has successfully handled several turnkey projects.

Mr. Bankole Awosika is a Member of the Board of Trustees of Chrisland University.