Friday, 7 September 2012

Elder Ola Vincent; A fufilled life, a lesson learnt

A just man they say plans his days, when Ola Vincent died at the St Nicholas Hospital on Monday   the 3rd of Sept. @ 12:30am  Many would have thought it would be with pomp and pageantry and all the "festivals" that goes with it running into days  but that's not the case with this former CBN governor whom till his death was Director of  many board of many companies including the insurance company IGI... He was also the patron of the AFRICAN CHURCH Nigeria. The late Ola Vincent specifically instructed that he doesn't want "wake keep" as he doesn't understand the logic behind it, he also requested that he should be interred as soon as posible thus why the quick yet classy burial took place within a week after his demise the burial service was held @ the African Church broad street and was well attended by the Governor, former heads of States which includes General Gowon, colleagues at the CBN amongst others. Security was at its peak as military men where seen barricading the whole of Broad street.

Joseph Sanusi signing the condolence register of his predecessor

The former CBN boss Ola Vincent CFR, B.Com (Hons) D.Sc  was born in Lagos on May 16, 1925. He began his academic journey at CMS Grammar School, Lagos (1936–1939).  Between 1942 and 1946, he had served at the Nigerian armed forces.  He proceeded to the Administrative Staff College in England, from where he went to the University of Manchester between 1953 and 1956.  He became a part time lecturer in economics at the University of Ibadan as from 1957 to 1960.
Ola Vincent was later appointed as a Senior Assistant Secretary in the Nigerian Ministry of Finance around 1959 and thereafter preceded to the Central Bank of Nigeria.
He returned to the CBN in 1973 after some other international engagements as an Adviser and later became a Deputy Governor in 1975 and Governor from 1977 to 1982.

As early as 9am, the church was filled beyond capacity...  Service started in earnest though the pamphlet wasn't enough to the hundreds of people who came to honour a honest and upright man that Ola Vincent was the Patron of the African Church Nigeria . The brigade of the African church showed their dexterity and also the choir who sang like angels. He was finally laid to rest @ the Old Ikoyi cementry. May his soul rest in peace and for those of us alive, let's plan and be disciplined in achieving our goals... God bless us all...
Fashola  and the Vincents
On his final journey home

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