Nigerians woke up on Friday, November 15, 2019, to the sad news of the death of Chief Alex Akinyele, an orator and a Public Relations expert per excellence.
The news of his death was announced by one of his sons Constantine Akinfolarin Akinyele. He confirmed that the former Minister of Information passed away Thursday, November 14, 2019 night after a brief illness.
Who is Alex Akinyele?
- Full name: Alexander Opeyemi Akinyele
- State of origin: Ondo State
- Profession: Public Relations
- Death: Thursday, November 14, 2019
- Age: 81 years old
- Alma mater: Gboluji Grammar School, University of Ife (now OAU)
Below are the Great achievements of Chief Alex Akinyele before his death
1. He was a former Minister of Information during the military era
2. He was appointed as the chairman of the Nigerian Sports Commission. His transformation agenda in NSC had a great impact on the fortune of sports in Nigeria.
3. As the Chairman of NSC, he made himself available for journalists and was always available whenever a journalist called about an issue.
4. As an expert in Public Relations, Alex Akinyele later became president of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations.
5. As a student at St Andrews College, Alex Akinyele was appointed by the head of the college Seth Runsewe Kale as the receptionist prefect, an ambassador for the school to receive visitors, the first in the history of the college.
6. He was appointed as the Public Relations Officers of Department of Customs in Lagos till 1978.
Akinyele began his primary education at All Saints School, Ondo before proceeding to Gboluji Grammar School, Ondo State.
From there, he then proceeded to St Andrews College, Oyo to obtain a teacher’s training certificate.
He taught briefly at Gboluji Grammar School, before earning a degree in English Language from the University of Ife, now Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU).
His degree was partially sponsored by a secondary school in Idanre and after obtaining his diploma, he returned to the school to teach English for a number of years at the school.
He worked at Department of Customs, Lagos before joining cosmetic company in 1978.
He was an investor in Newswatch magazine and played a role in negotiations between the federal government and magazine when the magazine was proscribed in 1986 by the regime of Gen. Ibrahim Babangida.
In 1995, Late gen. Sani Abacha appointed Sir Alex Akinyele as head of a National Reconciliation Committee (NRC).
The objective of the committee was to open dialogue with interest groups in the country to support the democratic transition program of the government.
May his soul rest in peace.