Tuesday, 03 February 2015

The Asoju Oba of Lagos,
Babasuwa of Ijebu-Remo, Odofin of Ife, the current
Chancellor of Lagos State University and chairman of
CFAO Nigeria Limited, Chief Molade Okoya-Thomas has finally passed on. His death was confirmed in the early hours of monday at his residence after a failed battle with diabetes related ailments as confirmed by medical professionals close to him. He was a sports enthusiast who was committed to table tennis. He had sponsored the annual Asoju Oba Table Tennis Championship in Lagos for a long time.
Chief Molade Alexandria Okoya thomas born june 8, 1935 to Late Hussam Okoya-
Thomas (the first Baba Adinni of Furabay Mosque,
Olowogbowo, Lagos and the first local staff of CFAO,
who served the company for 52 years) and Late
Alhaja Suwebat Okoya-Thomas (née Gbajabiamila,
Otun Iya Adinni of Idita Mosque). He obtained his elementary education
at princess school, Lagos, between 1942 and 1946 and subsequently proceeded to Baptist Academy for
his high school education. He left Baptist Academic
in 1956 as the best graduating student, hence earning the honour of his name been listed on the school’s DUX BOARD (Honors Board). Immediately after his education at Baptist Academy, he studied accountancy at Balham and Tooting College of Commerce between 1956 and 1959 and a
further training in Accountancy at Columbia University, New York, U. S. A. in 1981. He returned to
Nigeria the year he completed his studies at
Balham and Tooting College of Commerce 1959 and
was instantly employed as an accountant by CFAO.
This was the beginning of a meritorious service to
CFAO . As an active sportsman he was a Joint All Nigeria Record Holder
of 4 X 220 yards relay race while at Baptist Academy
Lagos. He has been the sole sponsor of the annual
Asoju Oba Table Tennis Championships for over four
decades setting a record as the only Nigerian to
have single-handedly and consistently sponsored a
competition spanning over four decades.
As a philanthropist he has similarly served as vice-
chairman, Lagos State Sports Council, President
Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, Chairman 3rd All-Africa
Games Appeal Fund Committee, Chairman National
Appeal Fund for Sports Development and chairman
Sports Trust Fund. Molade Alexandria Okoya-Thomas
built and donated a Modern Sports Hall for students
and staff of the Lagos State University (LASU) in
He was also a prominent member of the fund raising
committee for the construction of Teslim Balogun
Stadium in Surulere. The Commissioner for
Ministry of Youth, Sports and Social Development,
Prince Ademola Adeniji-Adele announced the state
governments decision to celebrate Molade Alexandria
Okoya-Thomas at the age of 75, taking into
consideration his numerous contributions, with the
naming of the Indoor Sports Hall of the Teslim
Balogun Stadium on 8 June 2010 and a State Dinner
at the City Hall Lagos Island on the same day.
He died at 79. He was survived by wives, children and grand children.

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