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Pa Akande, ‘IBM pioneer’ goes home

Pa Akande, ‘IBM pioneer’ goes home
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Pa Abiodun Olaoye Akande, one of the first set of computer professionals to be trained by IBM in Nigeria and English-speaking West Africa, has died on Wednesday.

Pa Akande, who was from Olla Town in Ejigbo Local Government Area of Osun State was also from the Olugbode Royal Family.

“Papa was one of the first set of computer professionals trained by the American firm, International Business Machines Corporation (IBM), in English-speaking West Africa at the University of Ibadan in the mid-1960s”, according to a statement issued on behalf of his family by his son, Olayinka O. Akande.

Pa Akande subsequently worked at Shell (Nolchem) and also at Unilever/UACN Plc from where he retired as General Manager (Management & Computer Services) in the mid-1990s.

He was a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International, a charter member, and was a Past President of the Rotary Club of Okota. 

“He was a staunch Christian of the Baptist denomination and he hosted meetings of the Full Gospel Businessmen Fellowship (FGBF) at his residence for several years”, according to the family statement.

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