Agege Veteran Politician, Akinola Sofidiya, Dies At 84 + His Life And Time


•By Dare Ojelade

One of the earliest elected councillors in Agege Local Government, Pa Akinola Sofidiya died on Sunday, 26 January, 2020.

The Gazelle can report that he died at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja, Lagos.

Pa Sofidiya was sick for sometime before he breathed his last on Sunday. He was aged 84.

He was one of the earliest elected councilors in Agege Local Government representing Ward B1A in the local government between 1979 and 1983.

A deep rooted politician, Pa Sofidiya was of the Progressive genre and a disciple of the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo.

He was born on Sunday, 7 July, 1935 to the family of late Gbadamosi Soyinka Sofidiya and late Madam Mosadoyin Sofidiya in Ikereku, Abeokuta, Ogun State.

He attended African Bethel School, Ebute Metta, Lagos State in 1947 for his primary education.

In 1951, Late Chief Akinola Sofidiya proceeded to Ago-Ijaiye Baptist School, Ijero-Apapa in Ebute-Metta where he had his standard five.

He started his working career with Kingsway in Marina, Lagos as a Driver. He also worked with Oweni transport division and served as a driver under the supervision of Chief Solomon Adebayo Ayinla.

He later established his own transport company, where he employed many staff drivers, while he was the Managing Director.

Late Chief Akinola Sofidiya, an erudite politician began his political carrier when he joined the defunct Action Group (AG), and he worked closely with Late Chief Obafemi Awolowo, the first Premier of Western Region.

Due to his love for the people, passion with selfless efforts towards growth and development of his community and his political party, Late Chief Akinola Sofidiya was elected Councilor representing Ward B1A, Agege Local Government Area between 1979 and 1983 under Chief Lateef Kayode Jakande as the Executive Governor of Lagos State.

Late Chief Akinola Sofidiya, was nicknamed, Baba Shoye due to his familiarity with people.

As a socialite, he was a very close friend to then popular Apala musician, Late Ayinla Omowura, who sang praises on Late Chief Sofidiya in some of his music albums.

In 1988, Late Chief Sofidiya was honored with a chieftaincy title of Otun Babalaje of Orile-Agege by then monarch, late Oba Sanni Arewa Fagbayi of Orile-Agege Kingdom.

In 1989, late Chief Akinola Sofidiya joined All Saints African Church, Dopemu Parish in Agege where he became an active member of Jesuloba Society. He was the Patron of Lads & Lasseses Brigade of the Church.

As a Christian, late Chief Akinola Sofidiya gave his life to the service of humanity.

To this end, he is being honored till death as the Patron of Awori Diocese of the African Church.

Late Chief Akinola Sofidiya was survived by wives, children and grand children.

Copyright: The Gazelle

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