Tuesday 3 February 2015

Lagos Socialite and Businessman Molade Okoya-Thomas Is Dead

One of the leading, successful and prominent Nigeria’s businessmen, Chief  Molade Okay Thomas, is dead.

Report has it that the business mogul passed away earlier yesterday Feburary 2nd.
Okoya-Thomas (MFR) was born in Lagos on 8th June, 1935 to the Late Hussam Okoya-Thomas (the first Baba Adinni of Furabay Mosque, Olowogbowo, Lagos and the first local staff of CFAO, who served the company for 52 years) and the Late Alhaja Suwebat Okoya-Thomas (née Gbajabiamila, Otun Iya Adinni of Idita Mosque).

He studied at Princess School, Lagos, 1946; Balham and Tooting College of Commerce, London, 1956-1959; Columbia University, New York, US, 1981. He was appointed director, Transcap Nigeria Limited; director, Niger Motors Industries Limited; chairman, Studio Press Nigeria Limited and has been the chairman of CFAO Nigeria Limited since 1987.
He was the Chancellor of Lagos state University till death. As a philanthropist with sport enthusiasm, he sponsored the popular annual Asoju Oba Table  Tennis Championship in Lagos for decades.

He held the Nigerian national honor of Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic, and was a recipient of the Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur, the highest national honor given by the French to a foreigner.

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