De­cem­ber 8, 2018

The Punch - - SATURDAY STORY -

“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.

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