From houseboy to Polytechnic Rector

”At 70 I feel fulfilled, to God be the glory .When you talk about fulfilment, it’s a combination of the day one is born, growing up, going to school, university; when you settled for a job, got married and settled in your own home. The accomplishment of these is what we call fulfilment. Whatever I laid my hands upon, by the special grace of God, always turns out successful.

My birthday is not a question of dancing, dining and wining only. One should always remember that a force is behind all these achievements; that is why one should always thank God. That is what led to thanksgiving.

Reflecting on his background, Ogundowole said he was not born with a silver spoon in his mouth. ”To even go to primary school was difficult, but God said, ‘This boy is a star’ and paved the way for me. I was not ripe for school but I decided to follow my cousins to school at Ansar Udeen, even though I didn’t quite like the school. Later I saw them at St. John’s Primary school, Iyere-Owo. Those were the days when you put your hand over your head to touch your ear on the opposite side; but mine didn’t touch it because I was so small. That was in 1956 when I was six. When it was time to go to secondary school, there was no money. I’d lost my mother at eight and my father had little or no money, but he wanted me to proceed. I went to All Saints Modern School, passed their test. It was like JSS 3 of today but the quality was high. Anybody with Modern 3 certificate could teach in primary school. Unfortunately, when I passed out in 1964, I couldn’t teach because my hand could not reach the black board’.

”My regret is that from the start, I did not begin from the university because there are lots of opportunities in the university system. Well, times are changing. If I had been in the university line, I would also have become a professor. However I got to the peak of my career as a chief lecturer, which is equivalent of a professor; and that is what brought me as a Director at Achievers University.


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