December 8, 2018
“Shortly after Olaniyi completed his secondary school education at Seventh Day Adventist Secondary School, Ile-ife, he went for training in photography. When he gained admission to the Osun State College of Education, he saw himself through school with whatever he earned from his photography business.
“He was by far the most popular photographer on campus at the time. He was able to worm his way into the hearts of many students because of his peaceful disposition and professional competence.
“After his Nigeria Certificate in Education programme which he completed in 1997, he went back to school and graduated with a degree.
“After he completed his degree, he worked with the then Chairman of Atakumosa East Local Government Area, Mr Bimbo Olukitibi, as his official photographer. It was after then that he joined OSCOTECH,” he said.
Oloke also said few days before Olaniyi’s death, the deceased had told him about his plan to quit his job and join the Osun State University as doctoral fellow.
He could not confirm if the deceased has completed his doctoral programme in Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-ife before his death.
Olaniyi’s schoolmate, Abiodun, said his friend had been planning to leave his job for a long time.
“But while we were looking for a way out for him, believing that he would become a lecturer as soon as his PHD was completed, we didn’t know death was coming for him. But God knows best,” Adeleke said.