Sir Michael Otedola, former Lagos state governor and father of oil tycoon, Femi is dead. According to a release by the family, the 86 year-old politician died early hours of Monday after a brief illness that took him off the public glare in the last four years.
Otedola was elected governor of Lagos State in 1992 on the platform of the National Republican Convention (NRC).
His administration facilitated establishing the Yaba College of Technology campus in Epe, his home town.
Late Chief Otedola was born on the 16 July, 1926 into a Muslim family at Odoragunsin, Epe Local Government Area of Lagos State.
During his early days, he won a scholarship to study Journalism at the Regent Street Polytechnic in London where he graduated in 1958.
Thereafter, he moved to Lagos to further pursue his education.
On completion of his studies, he began his career as a teacher before working as a reporter at the St. Pancras Chronicle.
Otedola as a reporter worked in the United Kingdom, and rose to become a sub-editor at The Guardian and The Times in England.
He came back to Nigeria in 1959 to work as an Information Officer in the Western Nigeria government.
While in this post, he was appointed the Editor of the Western Nigeria Illustrated.
In 1961, Otedola moved into public relations and later into broadcasting. He worked for Western Nigeria Television/Western Broadcasting Service between 1961 and 1964.
Later on, the young industrious Otedola left the media for the oil and gas industry and with Mobil Oil Group of Companies from 1964 to 1977, while he continued working as a consultant to Mobil after leaving the company.