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Even In Death, This Man Still Holds The Record of Having 1st Ph.D Degree In Entire Eti Osa

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 All over the world, records are meant to be created and to be
broken. When the issue of the most qualified in Eti Osa part of Lagos
Metropolis first came up, a handful of names were thrown up. This got us at CityPulse Nigeria thinking about
running an indepth survey.
The result was
outstanding!
Virtually all the revered community leaders and elder statesmen
we interviewed in Eti Osa pointed at the late two-time second republic minister
and senator of the federal republic of Nigeria – Sen. Wahab Olaseinde Dosunmu
as being the first to have the highest level of academic degree in Eti Osa.
While Hon Yahya Dosunmu, a former Lagos State House of Reps
member, recalled that Dosunmu, Chief A. O. Anjorin, one of the leading
permanent secretaries in Lagos then and himself attended the first education
building in Ado as far back as 1945 when there was no school at all in Eti Osa.
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Not done, his passion for further education cut him out as a
cult hero in the community. Imagine getting a Masters when your contemporaries
are contented with a university degree,

Let alone a Ph.D!

Dr. Kolade Sulaiman Adams, a lecturer in Lagos State
University (LASU) and a fellow Ph.D holder in International Relations and
Strategic Studies, described Dosunmu as an illustrious son of Ado community in
Eti Osa Local Government Area of Lagos.
A prominent politician and former minister for housing, the
late Dosunmu won a seat at the Nigerian senate from 1999-2003.
The politician along with other members of National
Democratic Coalition (NADECO) was prominent in the struggle for the actualisations
of the June 12 presidential mandate of late Chief M.K.O Abiola in 1993. Between
2004 and 2007, he was High Commissioner to Malaysia.
It would be recalled that Dosunmu contested the Lagos
governorship primaries in 1999 and lost the ticket to Senator Bola Tinubu. He,
however, clinched the ticket for the Lagos Central Senatorial District and won
on the platform of Alliance for Democracy (AD). Later, he defected with some
other AD federal lawmakers to PDP. Dosunmu remained a vibrant member of the
Senate where he was Chairman, Senate Committee on Science and Technology till
2003.
He later fell seriously ill and had to be flown abroad for
further treatment. Just when many turned the senator has fully recuperated
after he was spotted shuttling in and out of a particular hospital in the United
States,
Dosunmu died on Sunday,
June 9, 2013
in the presence of his wife, Modinat Dosunmu.
Even in death, his legacies and footprints in Eti Osa and
Lagos politics has become a standard of sort for those seeking to emulate his
feat.

According to Dr Ade Dosunmu, a former PDP guber candidate in
Lagos, it must be noted that a humble family background and strict religious
upbringing invested young Wahab with strong character and virtues. He was
raised an effective ‘Epetedo boy,’ cosmopolitan, urbane, assertive, dignified,
modest and humble! These attributes were a major plank upon which he cultivated
a focused and disciplined approach to life.
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Adebayo Folorunsho-Francis is a communicator, Journalist, blogger, business coach and, of course, a prolific writer. He has Dip (Journalism) and B.A. (History & International Relations) from the Lagos State University (LASU). The self-effacing young man has worked for national, regional and local newspapers. He had worked with THISDAY covered community news for ISLAND NEWS and corresponded with P.M. NEWS (evening tabloid). Presently, he is the editor of CITYPULSE MEDIA and senior correspondent of PHARMANEWS, West Africa foremost health and pharmaceutical journal.

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