•Adversity causes some men to break, and others to break records.
•Colonel Olatunbosun had broken records
•Do not compare your records with that of others, everyone has their own journey
LIFE AND TIMES OF A PRESTIGIOUS LIEUTENANT COLONEL (RETIRED) CHIEF ABEL OLATILEWA ADEBAYO AMAO OLATUNBOSUN :
The late sage was born on April 16,1935 to the family of Late Chief Fakorede Ayinde Olatunbosun (A high Ifa Priest with three Ifa divination chieftaincy titles ) of Aranfa compound,Sangote, Saki and Late Princess Esther Gbadero Abake Olatunbosun (A grand-daughter of Okere Otegbeye (Okere Alagbe) one of the Obas of Sakiland in the 19th century.
Late lieutenant Colonel (Chief) Abel Olatilewa Adebayo Amao Olatunbosun lost his father when he was only four years old. Thus, he was the last of the twelve children of his father. His father was both a renowned Ifa priest and farmer,while his mother was a popular palm oil trader. Both his parents were illiterates.
His eventual rise in life to position of eminence was by divine destiny and remarkable foresight of his late visionary elder brother, Mr Solomon Fatoki Akangbe Olatunbosun, who insisted against all oppositions that the young Olatilewa Amao would receive formal education rather than being illiterate farmer. The proactive mien of his above mentioned elder brother consequently got our late father admitted to Ajegunle Baptist School, Saki, on January 28,1946 together with his first cousin in the same Aranfa Compound, young Miss Sarah Oladebo Afolabi (Late Mrs Sanni-Oba).
The late father, eventually obtained his First Primary Leaving Certificate in that School in December,1953. Through the great influence of his friends and classmates then, Mr (Later Deacon ) J.O Ogunsola, P.A Ogunshola etc,he developed intense love for education in general and teaching, as a career and profession, in particular. Hence, his acknowledged daily copious academic pursuit which made his to become a committed protagonist of formal school education and eventual admission to Baptist College, Iwo, for his four-year Grade Two Teachers Training Course in January 1957. Before then, he was a pupil teacher at Okuta and Bankubu, Borgu Division of Present Kwara State which was formerly part of Northern Nigeria from January 1954 to December 1956.
This made the late father to be versed in spoken and written Borgu language. He was a student at Baptist College, Iwo from January 1957 to December 1960 (four years ). In the college, he held the following appointments Sunday School Superintendent of the College Church, Acting Senior Prefect of the College from January to April 1960 when the substantive Senior Prefect, Late Mr Alfred Adetunji Olubakin, went to the Cameroun for Man-O War Bay Training , Prefect in charge of Saddler Hall Dormitory, Prefect in charge of students uniforms and the dining room prefect from July to December 1960.
During his military career, he went on various local and oversea courses such as Young Officers Course in Jaji (1977), Advanced Management Course at Administrative Staff College of Nigerian (ASCON) Badagry 1986,Training Officers Courses at Bryans ton House ( Industrial Society ) London, United Kingdom (1983). On his own, he travelled on holidays abroad to the United Kingdom (UK) in 1983 and the United States of America (USA) in 1988 during which he visited the States of New York, New Jersey, Washington DC,and Maryland. As part of his interest in Community development, he was involved in the former Oke-ogun Literate Union (the precursor of Okeogun Progressive Movement (OPM) of which he was the General Secretary from 1962 to 1963 under the chairmanship of Mr J.A Adejumobi of Irawo.
He was a co-founder of the council of Okeogun Indigenes (COINS) with Col. J.A A Fagbire of Iseyin and Rear Admiral Amos Gbadejo Adedeji of Okaka in 1984 when the three of them were in Kaduna.
He was a member of Alma Rohm Chapter of Royal Ambassadors of the College Church and rose to the rank of Ambassador. He taught in several primary, secondary modern, secondary schools and one teacher training college (his alma mater) between 1961 and 1965. Akeem sportsman, Chief Abel Olatilewa Olatunbosun represented his college at the annual inter-collegiate sports among the three oldest Grade-Two Teachers Training Colleges in the defunct Western Region of Nigeria-Baptist College, Iwo; St. Andrew’s College, Oyo and Wesley College , Ibadan in 1959 and 1960.
He was also a prominent member of his class volley ball team throughout his four years in the college. The class won the college Annual Volley Ball Cup Competition twice (1959 and 1960). After his college days, he studied privately and passed General Certificate of Education (GCE) Ordinary Level at a seating in all the five papers in January 1964 and three Advanced papers also at a seating in January 1965 ultimately secured direct entry admission to the University of Lagos [UNILAG] in September that same year for a three-year Bachelor of Arts (B.A Combined Hons) degree in English and History with concurrent Diploma in Education.
He did his final teaching practice at the prestigious King’s College, Onikan Lagos in 1968. He was commissioned into the Nigerian Army Education Corps (NAEC) as a Lieutenant on March 1,1971. His first military positing after training at Dodan Barracks,Lagos was the Nigerian Army School of Education (NAEC) Ilorin, where he held the appointments of Officer commanding Corps Training Wing (OC CTW) and the Unit Adjutant from May 1971 to September 1974.
He was camp Commandant of the Pioneers of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC),Ilorin, Kwara State in July 1973. He was subsequently posted out to Jaji Cantonment, Nigerian Army, Kaduna as the Cantonment Supervising Education Officer (SEO) for command and Staff College (CSC), the Nigerian Army School of Infantry (NASI) and 81 Demonstration Infantry Battalion, Nigerian Army from 1974 to 1978. In 1978,he was posted to Army Headquarters Education Branch, An Army Barracks, Yaba, Lagos as Deputy Assistant Adjutant-General (DAAG) of his Corps. He held the appointment from 1978 to 1981 during which he represented the Nigerian Army at the National Council on Education (NCE) in 1979 and 1980.
He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel on March 1,1981 to January 1984. His last military service took him to Headquarters mechanized Infantry Division, Nigerian Army, Kaduna as the Assistant Director of Army Education (ADAE) where he served from January 1984 to 3rd September 1990 when he retired voluntarily from the Nigerian Army. He was decorated with military medals of Forces Service Star (FSS) and Republic Medal (RM),,a member of Adult Choir of the Church, a member of the Church Executive Committee for some years until he resigned voluntarily due to his impaired health, a member of the Scholarship Board of the Church,and the Patron of Lady Crusaders Society of the Church from February,2002 till his death.
He also took active party in many activities , programmes, and ceremonies of First Baptist Church,Oke-adagba, Saki, being his mother church since 1950. He was legally married to Late Mrs Florence Folashade Olatunbosun (nee Fagbemi ) at Oyo District Registry, Oyo Town on 6th January, 1962 who died on 19th September, 2006 Tinuola Olatunbosun (nee Aliyu Ejibunu ), his surviving wife on 1st February ,1974. His hobbies included lawn tennis and Volley Ball playing in his younger days,table tennis, photography, flower tendering and watching football on television,especially UEFA Competitions.
He is survived by two sisters, wife, children, grand-children and great-grand children.
May His soul rest in perfect peace.