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Veteran Radio Nigeria Sportscaster Tolu Fatoyinbo Is Dead

Veteran Radio Nigeria Sportscaster Tolu Fatoyinbo Is Dead

By AfricanOutlook Reporter

Prince Tolu Adeleke Fatoyinbo, Veteran radio broadcaster and Radio Nigeria presenter is dead. He died in the early hours of Saturday in Ibadan, south west Nigeria.  Funeral arrangement are expected to be announced by the family soon

Late Prince Tolu Fatoyinbo

The Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, FRCN, led by the Director General, Dr. Ladan Salihu has commiserated with the family of the Veteran Broadcaster.   During a Condolence visit to the family of the deceased, the Director General, represented by the Management team of FRCN Ibadan, described the late Fatoyinbo as an accomplished Professional who was committed to the service of God.


Dr. Salihu, represented by the Zonal Director of FRCN,  Ibadan, Mr. Oyetunji Ogunwale, noted that though death was inevitable, Radio Nigeria family was consoled by the fact that the deceased lived a life worthy of emulation.  The Director General added that the legacy of life of service of Late Prince Fatoyinbo would continue to inspire many.  


Responding on behalf of the family, the daughter of the deceased,  Mrs Olutola Daramola thanked FRCN for the honour accorded the family.  Prayers were later offered for the family of the deceased.


Former colleagues at the Ibadan national station expressed shock at the news saying he will surely be missed.  Mrs Olabisi Kasumu, a former colleague in Radio Nigeria, Ibadan, said, "It is a pity that we lost Tolu, one of our brightest in the broadcast industry."  Her sentiments were echoed by Mr. Adeyanju Adegbite, the current chief executive of the Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo State, Olusesan Ekisola and Yemi Olaofe, all former colleagues at the station.


Born on October 2, 1946 into the family of late Paul Oluyemi Fatoyinbo and Agnes Adeola Fatoyinbo (Nee Olukotun), Prince Fatoyinbo's professional career began on October 5, 1970, when he joined the services of the Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC), now Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN).  Although he started out as a studio manager under the Programs Department, his love for the profession saw him pass through virtually all departments in the corporation, some of which included News, Marketing, Training and Manpower Development as well as Corporate Affairs departments.


He was also renowned for sport broadcasting, travelling to all the continents of the world covering major sporting competitions for Nigeria. He retired from service after 35 meritious years of service at the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) as Director of National Programmes on October 5, 2005.


Fatoyibo was the first born in the family of five, including three sisters and a brother. Although his father hailed from Ipetu-Ijesa in Oriade Local Government Area of Osun State, he chose to settle in Abeokuta, Ogun State, leading many people to think he was an Egba man.


He began his educational journey at the Saint Peter’s School, Ake, Abeokuta from 1953 to 1959, where he obtained his Primary School Leaving Certificate. Secondary school education took him to three schools, namely, Reverend Kuti Memorial Evening School, Abeokuta in 1960, Ijebu- Jesa Grammar School, Ijebu-Jesa from 1960 to 1961 and later to Baptist Boys High School, Abeokuta in 1963 where he completed his secondary education in 1967, obtaining the West African School Certificate. He sat for the GCE Advanced Level in 1969, and finished with flying colours.


Tolu Fatoyinbo proceeded to the University of Lagos, for a Diploma in Mass Communication in 1977 and later bagged his Masters degree in Communication and Language Arts from Nigeria's premier university, the University of Ibadan.


Mr Fatoyinbo for years with the likes of Sabastine Ofurum, Ernest Okonkwo, Emeka Odikpo, Fabio Lanipekun, Walter Oyatogun and much later, the late Yinka Craig among many other veterans ruled the airwaves with their live sports commentaries and other presentations.


Prince Fatoyinbo won several awards and received acclamation for examplary professionalism in a lifetime of achievements.  Such recognition included, the most efficient prefect, Baptist Boys High School, Abeokuta in 1967; Certificate of Merit as Broadcaster of the Year by the Oyo State government in 1987; National Sports Merit Award for Radio Broadcasting in 2003; Olympics Games diplomas from Russia (1980), South Korea (1988), Spain (1996) and United States of America (1996).


He also garnered a Certificate of Merit and Appreciation for organisational skill and management of Radio Nigeria, Ibadan’s special Award ceremony in 1997; special commendation for the excellent organisation of FRCN’s annual Christmas Service of Nine Lessons and Carols and Concert of Sacred Music (2001-2003); Medal of Recognition and Appreciation for Tremendous Contribution to Church Music in Ibadan Diocese, Anglican Communion.


He was also recognised with an FRCN commendation for exemplary leadership and professional qualities during the coverage of notable national and international events such as the second All Africa Games (1973), FESTAC 77, Africa Cup of Nations, Nigeria, 1980; Africa Youth Championship, 1999; World Youth Soccer Championship, Nigeria 1999, and All National Sports Festival from 1973 to 2000, among others.