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What Bode Akindele Meant To Olubadan And Ibadan


The Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji, has described the late Chief Bode Akindele as a man who left a vacuum that can never be filled.

The Olubadan also described the late Parakoyi of Ibadanland and chairman, Madandola Group, as an astute businessman and entrepreneur of note.

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“Even though a man who lives up to 82 can be said to be advanced in age, when people mourn their losses, it is because the vacuum left behind by them is always difficult if not impossible to fill,” Oluibadan said.

Similarly, the Ekefa Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oloye Lekan Alabi noted that the late Chief Bode created opportunities not only for Ibadan people but for the Yoruba race and Nigerians as a whole.

According to him,“He had a cordial relationship with Olubadan and his people. Since he died on Monday, each day, I write about him because of the relationship we shared for 36 years. He will be remembered for good by the people of Ibadan.”

The founder of the Bode Akindele Foundation was renowned for his philanthropy, which spanned several decades. His business empire, Modandola Group Of Companies, was named after his mother, which translates to ‘God, if you give me the wealth, give me a child that can take care of it.’

Akindele has chains of businesses making waves in Ibadan. Through these businesses, he became a major employer of labour in the city. Among the subsidiaries of the Madandola Group are Standard Breweries, Diamond Foods Ltd, United Beverages Ltd, and Associated Match Industry.

Source: The Nation.

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