Femi Otedola loses dad

Former governor of Lagos State, Sir Michael Otedola is dead. He died yesterday morning at his Epe residence in Lagos, according to a close family member.

Otedola died around 9 a.m. at his Odoragushin residence in Epe. It was also learnt that the former governor returned from overseas in January where he went for medical check up.

Father to former President of the Nigerian Chamber of Shipping and oil mogul, Femi Otedola, Sir Michael Otedola was born on 16 July 1926 into a Muslim family at Odoragunsin, Epe Local Government Area of Lagos State. After moving to Lagos to pursue his education, he won a scholarship to study Journalism at the Regent Street Polytechnic in London where he graduated in 1958.

He began his career as a teacher before working as a reporter at the St. Pancras Chronicle, then as a reporter and later sub-editor at The Guardian and The Times in England.

On his return to Nigeria in 1959, he became an Information Officer in the Western Nigeria government, and while in this post he was appointed the Editor of the Western Nigeria Illustrated.

In 1961 he moved into public relations, working for Western Nigeria Television/Western Broadcasting Service (1961-1964) and Mobil Oil Group of Companies (1964-1977), continuing as a consultant to Mobil after leaving the company.

He was elected governor of Lagos State from 1992 to 1993 on the platform of the National Republican Convention (NRC), leaving office when General Sani Abacha came to power. His administration facilitated establishing the Yaba College of Technology campus in Epe, his home town.

After leaving office, he continued his career as a writer and a consultant holding positions on the boards of various businesses, and a philanthropist.