MEET OUR DEPUTY GOVERNORSHIP CANDIDATE.
by Progressives e-group
…truly in support of good governance
Meet Benedict Olugboyega Alabi who was born on July 12, 1965 at Catholic Hospital, Oluyoro, Oke Ola, Ikire to the family of Pa John Oyeyemi Alabi and Madam Eunice Atoke Alabi both from Ikire township.
His Late Father Pa John Oyeyemi Alabi was a thoroughbred civil servant and the first graduate from Ikire.
Pa John Oyeyemi Alabi took over from the white district officers (DO) after Nigeria’s independence.
For his thoroughness, love for his people and exemplary performance as District Officer, the people gave him the nicked name “Oyinbo Dudu”.
While his mother Madam Eunice was well known in her vicinity as an astute business woman.
She lost her husband at a tender age of 45 and was faced with task of fending for her nine(9) children and numerous relative dependants.
Her business engagements spanned from, bakery (Olugboyega Bread between 1965 and 2000), intercity transportation named “Ibukun Oluwa transport” between 1970 and 1975, Easy life bar between 1965 and 1977, Atoke farms from1970-to date. She was also a distributor to many manufacturing companies amongst, Golden Penny and Nigeria Bottling Company and many others.
Madam Eunice died in 2012 at age of 90 years.
Coming from this background of hardworking parents and strict Catholic values, Benedict was prepared for life challenges. He attended Holy Cross Catholic Primary school, Ikire between 1971 and 1977, Baptist Grammar School, Ikire between 1977 and1979, and Lagos African Church Grammar School, Ifako – Agege 1979-1982.
He came back home in 1982 and did his A’ Level at Baptist High School, Iwo (Adeke Height), 1982 to 1983.
Unfortunately, the young Benedict had to abandon his A’ Level studies in 1983 due to financial reasons and moved to The Ibadan Polytechnic to study, Banking that same year.
In Ibadan Polytechnic, at a tender age of 18, Benedict was elected the Vice President