Famous sports writer, lawyer and legislator, Mr. Oladipo Fasade is dead. Announcing his passage in a statement issued yesterday, Prince Henry Odukomaiya, said the Fasade died peacefully in his Lagos residence on May 15, 2020 at the age of 86, and will be buried today, May 29, 2020 at No.2 Oba-Nle-Aro Avenue, Ilupeju Estate, Lagos.Born on September 24, 1993 at Ijero-Ekiti, the octogenarian plied his sports journalism trade at the Daily Times.
Armed with a strong West African Examination Certificate (WAEC), supported by a General Certificate of Education (GCE) in advanced level in three subjects, which he obtained from Molusi College, Ijebu-Igbo, and Lagos City College, Yaba, respectively, Fasade would soon become a reference point in sports reporting.He later studied law at the University of Lagos and thereafter proceeded to the Nigerian Law School and upon completion, he was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1970, barely two years after marrying his lovely wife, Yetunde.
While at the University of Lagos, Fasade participated actively in students’ unionism and was one-time president of the institution’s student union government.He later launched himself into mainstream Nigerian politics, particularly the politics of socialists ideology and was an avowed member of the then Action Group.He was one of the founding members of the Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN) where he contested the Ilesha-west constituency seat in the old Oyo State House of Assembly and won and became the representative of the constituency from 1979 to1983.
While at the Oyo State House of Assembly, Fasade became chairman of the judicial committee and one of the leaders of the UPN.