Segun Olusola, one of Nigeria’s best known culture aficionados, broadcasters, patron of the arts and diplomats, has died. He was reported dead this evening (Thursday June 21, 2012) at the age of 77. He died after a brief illness.
He was born in Iperu-Remo, in Ogun State on March 18, 1935.
Ambassador Segun Olusola was a person who could be called a big masquerade in the arts and acting industry. In his active days, he produced the famous Village Headmaster and presented Take a Trip on television.
He was a versatile and pioneering figure in Nigeria’s theatre, an extraordinary broadcaster, gallery owner, and an engaged culture activist. He worked as an actor, playwright, and was a founding member of “Players of the Dawn,” an amateur outfit that dominated the theater scene until the end of the 1950’s decade. The influence and dominance of “Players of the Dawn” was only eclipsed with the establishment in 1960 of “Masks,” a more professional theatre troupe founded by future Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka.
In other areas of life, he has equally made a mark. He was Nigeria’s ambassador to Ethiopia. He took care of refugees, in one way or another as well as worked for peace and reconciliation through African Refugee Foundation.
Mr. Olusola is survived by his wife, Beatrice Fehintola Olusola, his children – Ms. Aderonke Ajibulu-Moniya, Mr. Jimi Olusola III, Ms. Toyin Laditi, Mr. Sabitu Olusola, Ms. Toyin Adejumo, Mr. Samuel Olusola – and his immediate younger sister, Mrs. Biodun Kehinde.
May his soul rest in peace.