PROF. EMMANUEL A. ADUAYI
Professor Aduayi is a Soil Resource Management Specialist and an Agronomist with special interest in soil fertility, plant nutrition, fertilizer-use and the interaction between macro and micro nutrient elements in the soil and plant. He lectures in soil science at the Faculty of Agriculture, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. He has extensive experience in teaching, including the administration of academic and research programmes. He has authored or co-authored over 60 papers.
He was a visiting Researcher fellow at the centre for the arid zone studies of the University of Wales, Bangor, UK; he worked on micronutrient accumulation in the roots of trees of Sitka spruce plantation in the laboratories of the Institute of Terrestrial Ecology. He was a visiting soil scientist in the soil science and plant nutrition section of the International Livestock Centre for Africa (ILCA), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. While in ILCA, he developed screening techniques in soil, sand and nutrient solution cultures for the evaluation of foreign legumes as feeds for livestock. He acted briefly as Head of the Soil Science and Plant Nutrition Section and as Coordinator of the Forage Evaluation Course organized by the Training and Information Division of ILCA.
Prof. Aduayi was Vice-Dean for 2 years and was of the Postgraduate School, Obafemi Awolowo, University (formerly of Ile-Ife) Ile-Ife, Nigeria, for 4 years. He was responsible for the admission of students and evaluation of all Graduate Research programmes or Diploma, Master’s and Doctorate Degrees and for the disbursement of fellowships and grants to deserving graduate students.
His research and teaching career span over 25 years. He was appointed Soil Chemist and Head of the Chemist Section of the Coffee Research Station, Kenya in 1969 and promoted to the position of Senior Soil Chemist and Head of the combined sections of Chemistry, Quality and Radio-isotopes in 1972. At the Obafemi Awolowo University, where he holds a permanent appointment, he was appointed Lecturer 1, in 1974, promoted to the position of Senior Lecturer in 1976, Reader (Associate Professor) in 1980 and full Professor of Soil Science in 1982.
He was appointed acting Head of Department of Soil Science in 1978 and later Substantive Head from 1983 to 1986 with responsibility for research, teaching and administration. He supervised several students for the award of the Bachelor, Masters and Doctorate degrees in Soil Science. He was a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Plant Nutrition (USA). He was appointed in 1997 and 2000 by the National Universities Commission (NUC) as a member of the Commission’s External Accreditation Committee to review all matters relating to the accreditation of academic programmes in Nigerian Universities.
In 1999, he was invited by the NUC to serve on panel to assess undergraduate programmes in Agriculture in the Universities of Maidugiri, Yola, Bauchi and the University of Agriculture, Makurdi. He was Chairman for 55 years of the Sports Council of the Obafemi Awolowo University (from 1995-2000). He is a member of several professional and non-professional associations.
ASIWAJU. OLUMIDE OSUNSINA
Asiwaju John Olumide Osunsina was born in the early Sixties, in Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria to late PA Timothy Olumuyiwa & late Mrs. Folasade Osunsina. He started his Secondary Education at the famous Barewa College Zaria where his parent lived for many years. He later moved to Abeokuta Grammer School where he took his WAEC and finished with division 1. He then proceeded to Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Kaduna State where he studied Building Technology. He later attended University of Lagos for a Diploma program in Business Administration where he graduated with a Distinction. He holds a Master’s of Business Administration degree from Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi and also holds a degree in Building from the University of Bedfordshire in the United Kingdom.
Asiwaju Olumide Osunsina stepped into the shoes of his late mother Mrs. Folasade Osunsina and went into his own very successful private business. He founded Megamound in the year 2000 and has steered the wheels of the company and nurtured in the right direction to become a multi-billion Naira diversified institution. Megamound is a construction and a real estate company but is also involved in various challenging business ventures including but not limited to financial Intermediation, Joint Ventures Projects, Hospitality and Facility Management.
Asiwaju worked in various states of Nigeria as a consultant on water rehabilitation and street lighting under World Bank and Africa Development Bank (ADB) financed projects. However, with his first love being construction, he acquired several properties in the Magodo and Ojodu area of Ikeja and from this humble beginning, he grew his passion to what it has become today. Some of his projects include:
- Carlton Gate Estate Chevron Drive Lekki;
- Lekky County Homes Ikota, off Lekki Epe expressway;
- Carlton Gate Estate Akobo GRA Ibadan;
- Dredging and sand filling of NICON Town Estate along the Lekki – Ajah axis;
- Elegushi Royal Heritage Estate along Lekki – Epe Expressway;
- Kings Court apartments Oniru, opposite Atlantic Beach Estate Victoria Island Lagos;
- Megamound / Funtai Homes, a successful JV project on Ruxton Road Ikoyi;
- Omole Shopping Complex Ikeja, Lagos;
- Several properties in River Valley Estate Ojodu Ikeja,
- Carlton Gate Hotel, Agodi GRA Ibadan;
- Carlton Exclusive Hotel, Agodi GRA Ibadan;
- Block of 5 units in Watford, London, United Kingdom;
- Heritage Court Ibara Abeokuta;
- Rainbow Scheme, Lekki.
Asiwaju Olumide Osunsina also sits on the board of several companies including:
- IPWA Plc;
- Supremecore Development Company Limited, United Kingdom;
- Carlton Gate Estate Management Company Limited;
- Lekky County Homes;
- Stretton Marbles Limited;
- Lekky County Homes Estate Management Company Limited;
- Chairman Foresight Microfinance Bank.
Asiwaju Osunsina has contributed in immeasurable ways to the provision of affordable houses to the average working class sector in Nigeria despite the difficulties being experienced in the Construction sector and he is worthy of commendation. In line with this, he has received several awards including but not limited to;
- West African Excellence Award in Property Development and Marketing Services by the Institute of Direct Marketing of Nigeria (2007);
- Lagos Housing Fair Award of Excellence (2010);
- Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (Lagos Chapter) (2009);
- Member of the Order of Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes award (2010);
- Merit awards from the Ibadan recreation club,
- Merit award from Tennis Section Ikoyi Club,
- Merit award from City People,
- Merit award from Organization for research of world peace
- Yoruba Heritage award for corporate property in the United Kingdom, to mention a few.
Olumide Osunsina was recently honored by the Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo III, CFR as the Asiwaju Bobagunwa of Egbaland. Other communities have also honored Asiwaju Olumide Osunsina as he is the Otun’Ba Loro of Ajiranland as well as the Bobaselu of Itireland both in Lagos, Nigeria.
Asiwaju John Olumide Osunsina has been married to Desiree Osunsina for over 22 years and they are blessed with lovely children.
MRS. DESIREE OSUNSINA
Mrs. Desiree Osunsina was born in 1968 in Benin City, Edo State. She started her Primary Education at the staff school, Obafemi Awolowo University, from where she went to Federal Government Girls college, Akure, for her secondary school education where she passed out with a brilliant result in 1983.
She then continued her education at Obafemi Awolowo University where she studied Economics and finished with a second class lower after which she proceeded to acquire a Masters Degree in Economics in 1989.
She commenced her work experience during the National Youth Service Corps at the Central Bank of Nigeria, after which she was employed at Lenoil Holdings where she was the Manager in charge of Moneyline Bureau de Change. She spent several years there and in year 2000, she was employed by Associated Discount House Ltd. as one of the pioneer staff during the acquisition of Gateway Bank Limited. She resigned from the bank in December 2003 after rising to the post of a Deputy Manager in the Treasury Department.
Mrs. Osunsina is currently an Executive Director in Megamound Investment Limited, a construction and real estate firm.
She is happily married to Olumide Osunsina and is blessed with four lovely children.