OLUNLOYO Victor Omololu Sowemimo









Engr. (Dr.) Olunloyo
B.Sc. (Gen. Engineering) (Civil/Mech); B.Sc. (1st Class Hons), Mech. Eng.; Ph.D. (App. Maths); D.Sc. (Honoris Causa) LCU.

A Five-Times Gold Medalist out of a possible six (Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Mathematics); British Association (1939) Prize for the Advancement of Science, University Prizeman (1958), University of St. Andrews, Scotland. He is a(n) Public Administrator, Engineer, Mathematician, Polymath, a moving encyclopaedia and a man of many parts.

Engr. (Dr.) Victor Omololu Sowemimo Olunloyo had his primary education in Lagos (Holy Trinity, Ebute-Ero, 1939; Methodist School, Olowogbowo, 1940), Ibadan (St. Peters, Aremo, 1941 - 1946) and Gbongan (St. Paul's School, 1947).

He hails from the famous Olunloyo family of Ibadan, the first family to imbibe western education from the missionaries, a century and a half ago in 1853. A child prodigy, he took first place in examinations held for Standard IV and V pupils in all the schools in Ibadan Province in 1946 and 1947. He was an entrance scholar and the youngest boy in his class at the prestigious Government College, Ibadan.He came out with a Grade I School Certificate in December 1952. He also distinguished himself in sports, winning the school athletic and cricket colours, being the school's opening bowler with a record haul of wickets.

He entered the University College Ibadan in 1953, secured his A-levels privately in 1954 and went on to the University of St. Andrews, Scotland's oldest University, now 600 years old, where he was from 1955 - 1961. His star shone there most brilliantly. He took a Civil/Mechanical General Engineering Degree in 1957, then a first in First Class Honours Degree in Mechanical Engineering in June 1958 and a Ph.D. in Mathematics in December, 1960. He was the winner of five undergraduate class gold medals out of a possible six and the University Prize as well as the British Association for the Advancement of Science Prize. Shell appointed him for an oil job in Holland in 1957, which he declined. The Queen invited him to Buckingham Palace as a Distinguished Commonwealth Student. He taught at various times in Nigeria and Britain, particularly University of Ibadan and Ife. His academic publications are in the areas of Numerical Analysis, Number Theory and Engineering Field Theory.

In 1983, Victor Olunloyo ran for governor of the old Oyo State on the National Party of Nigeria (NPN) platform, and defeated the incumbent, Bola Ige of the Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN), assuming office in October, 1983.

His term ended three months later when General Muhammadu Buhari took power and dismissed the elected government on December 31, 1983.

GCIOBA, Ibadan Branch 2013 Luncheon Souvenir (page 17)
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