Col Bode Adewuyi


James Olabode Akangbe Adewuyi addressed popularly as Bode Adewuyi was born in Alaari village on 17th February, 1936. His birth coincided with the eight day funeral outing of his great maternal uncle popularly called Baba Alaari. Thus Bode’s nativity is Alaari while his father hailed from Ile Abora, Ogbomosho. His primary education spanned between 1944-1953 at Alaari Baptist day school, People’s Institute Ogbomosho, All Saints Anglican School Igbessa and Baptist day school, Ilaro. The demise of his father when Bode was 10 accounted for the many schools he attended at his level. His mother, Alice Adenike Adewuyi single handedly sponsored his education up to Teachers Grade III level.

He met Miss Titilayo Feyisara Oyekan, a classmate, in 1956 in Ilaro during the first teacher training course. They got married seven years later and were first blessed with twin children – a boy and a girl./p>

He had his teacher training at Egbado Teachers Training College Ilaro and Baptist College, Iwo. He burnt mid-night candles to qualify for direct admission into the University of Ife in 1964 at the present campus of Ibadan Polytechnic. His set pioneered movement to the home site at Ile-ife that now houses Obafemi Awolowo University Jan 1967, his year of graduation. He bagged a Honours degree in English.

With limited exposure at the village level, he took to teaching as a career. On a salary of 40 shillings monthly he started the career at Saint Saviour High School, Okesuna, Lagos in January 1954. By April same year he was back to the Baptist fold for his “ordained” calling he found in teaching. He left legacies in various schools and institutions including; Baptist day school, Ekundayo (1954/55) Baptist day school, Ilaro (1958/59), Baptist day school, Osupa Ogbomosho (1963), Baptist college Iwo (1963/64) and Baptist high school two (1967/71), that terminated his teaching career. He was privileged to teach the following;

  • His Excellency Otunba Adebayo Alao Akala (Osupa day School)
  • Chief Bisi Adesola, one time SSG Oyo State (Baptist College, Iwo)
  • Professor J. Olaifa LAUTECH (Baptist college, Iwo)
  • J.A. Oladokun (Rtd.) Registrar, LAUTECH (Baptist College, Iwo)
  • Professor Bayo Adeyemi LAUTECH (Baptist High School, Iwo)
  • Late Chief Demola Ajala SAN (Baptist High School, Iwo) first SAN from Ogbomosho.

In 1971, he received a second ‘calling’ to the military career. He was commissioned into the Nigeria Army Public Relations in the rank of Captain on 16th September 1971. After military training in Abeokuta with colleagues including; Brigadier General Fred Chijuka, Col Dayo Fasina, Major-General Ajana and Lt. Col Bola Ogunsanwo, he had various military assignments. He served at Lagos, 3 Div APR Jos and lastly at 2 Div APR Ibadan where he was retired, January 1984 shortly after being awarded “psc” earned at Command and Staff College Jaji. Daddy served UN HQ of the Interim Force-in-Lebanon (UNI.FIL) in 1980 and was appointed Force Welfare Officer.

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