IFATUROTI Michael Adebayo

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Chief Michael Adebayo Ifaturoti joined his ancestors on Wednesday February 21, 2007 following a brief illness. He was aged 81.

Chief Ifaturoti was an old boy of the prestigious Government College Ibadan (GCI 1940-45), and alumnus of the former University College Ibadan (1954). He undertook post graduate programs at the Universities of London and Leicester as well as the London School of Economics (LSE), culminating his academic pursuits with a masters degree in history at the University of Ibadan.

M.A. (his initials) as he was affectionately called by close friends and colleagues served dedicatedly for many years both in the public and private sectors in Nigeria. He was among the pioneering indigenous senior management staff of the British multinational conglomerate, the United Africa Company (UAC), serving meritoriously with many of it's subsidiaries including the Nigerian Breweries Ltd and Niger Motors Ltd. His public service included tenures as Western State Commissioner of Economic Development & Planning and Education. He also served as Chairman of the Western State Public Service Commission and as Chairman of the state's major parastatal, WEMABOD, now known as O'dua Investments Company. He was, in addition, the founder and principal partner of one of the country's first indigenous management firms, Management and Investments Consultants (MAIC) Ltd with headquarters then at the famous Cocoa House in Ibadan.

Following his retirement in the mid 1980s Chief Ifaturoti was conferred with the chieftaincy title, Loja Wasare Ijana by His Royal Highness, the Owa Adimula of Ijesaland, a traditional position that entailed him committing much of his time and labors to community service in his home town of Ilesa and environs. He was also an active member and well respected elder of the Otapete Methodist Church in Ilesa, contributing generously towards many of the church's goals and activities over the years.

Chief M.A. Ifaturoti is survived by his wife, Mrs. Olusolape. F. Ifaturoti (nee Akinkugbe) and many children and grand children. May His Soul Rest in Peace.

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