Prominent industrialist, Bode Akindele dies at 88

Chief Bode Akindele
Chief Bode Akindele

Billionaire industrialist and philanthropist, Chief Bode Akindele, has passed on aged 88.

The Parakoyi of Ibadan land and chairman of Madandola Group died in Apapa home in Lagos in the early hours of Monday.

Mr Akindele recently donated N100 million to the Federal Government, Oyo and Lagos State governments in the fight against coronavirus.

He was the father of famous fashion designer, Folake Akindele-Coker.

His company deals in maritime, property, manufacturing, real estate, finance and flour milling with its headquarters in the United Kingdom.

Chief Bode Akindele was born precisely on the 2nd of June 1932. His father, Pa Joshua Laniyan Akindele, was a Chief Tax Clerk for the whole of the Western Region and his mother, Rabiatu Adedigba, a wealthy and politically influential Ibadan trader, was the first woman to go to Mecca in Ibadan.

Condolence messages have started pouring in for the late industrialist. Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, in his condolence message described the death of the foremost Ibadan businessman and philanthropist as a great loss to the state and indeed, Nigeria.

Makinde, who described the late Parakoyi of Ibadanland and chairman of Modandola Group, as a worthy elder statesman and someone who was genuinely interested in the wellbeing of others, said that the late businessman wiould be sorely missed.

A statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, quoted the governor as saying that the late Akindele contributed in no small measure to the growth of the state and his community.

The governor also commiserated with the family of the late statesman, the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji, and the entire people of Oyo State, praying that the good Lord would grant them the fortitude to bear the loss.