And there stood before us a tall gangling man in his late thirties or early fourties, who would have passed for a European or American because of his high volatile light complexion. Even his eyes were greyish blue to compliment the likeness. Yet he wasn't an albino. But every inch very light complexioned.
But what gave him away as an African, nay a Nigerian were his hairs. They were not curly like the typical 'oyinbo' hair, yet they still pick the colour of his skin. Not altogether black but somehow yellowish.
|High Chief Ayo Olayinka: Receiving his well|
deserved, even long overdue award
A challenge he took with uttermost gusto and zeal, as the motto of the school is "The Utmost For The Highest"
Address all examination candidates at the centre he did. And one statement I picked from the concluding part of the address of this man who is somewhat positive and optimistic to a fault was; for all of us who came to sit for this entrance examinations, we should all count ourselves lucky. Whoever now pass the examination and qualified for an interview should count himself luckier, and any of us who finally made the interview and get admitted should count himself luckiest.
|Owa - LARE: Ilare paramount ruler arriving for|
The Event in style amidst full blare music
Others and I were counted luckier as we passed the entrance examination and qualified to face the interview panel. An interview panel consisting of this African 'Oyinbo' man, the erudite educationists and staunch Ilare patriot - baba Fatimilehin, the father of one of the founders and principal partners of Diya Fatimilehin & co., and another seasoned educationists I can't figure out the face again.
Again others and I became finally the luckiest first set of 120 students to be admitted to Ilare Community High School in September 1976.
For someone to pass through the screening lenses of this greysh blue eyed 'Oyinbo' and no nonsense baba Fatimilehin, he must be one of the luckiest indeed.
|High Chief Ayo Olayinka and wife|
at the high table
The utmost indeed, for the highest
Of course, like rats suddenly face to face with a cat, we all scampered for safety in different directions into a nearby bush! But to make matters worse, in our attempt to escape, I was one of those he identified and he kept practically shouting out my name out of the bunch of escapees!
And now Ilare final admission result is out and I was among the luckiest........ With my tongue out at him, I simply absconded from his school that early first term in my Year 2, as it was called then, never to show up again! Or of what use again?
After Ilare Community High School was declared open with all pomp and peagentry by the then old Oyo State Commisioner for Education - Professor Mrs Bolanle Awe, then did Ayo Olayinka picked up the gauntlet.
|A well wisher felicitating with|
High Chief Ayo Olayinka
So began this herculean task for Chief Ayo Olayinka, who was joined by Mr Babatayo as the vice principal.
On resumption day we were handed over to Mr Folorunso Oyedele our first school teacher, who we later learnt to address as 'Master'
|Some guests at the birthday bash|
But Chief Olayinka proved himself to be up to the task. He was always on top of the situation. Just like the proverb that say "a child that say his mother will not sleep, he too will not have a taste of sleep" High Chief Ayo Olayinka ensured that as many as will not let him rest, there won't be rest for them until they do what he wants, so they can become what he want them to become in life. His canes were always handy, coupled with emergency assembly summons where he harangued and warned errant students, with the authority of not only of a school principal but of a father.
|High Chief Ayo Olayinka cutting his|
82nd birthday cake
So come late March to early April this year of our Lord 2018, pay day came for High Chief Ayo Olayinka, to be lavished with honour and affection for his labour of love, by his old students. It was at the 42 years Founders Day celebration of Ilare Community High School, packaged by the Old Students Association. And the old students did not disappoint their pioneer Principal. They came from all walks of life to thoroughly shower honour and encomiums on him because he rightfully and without any reservation deserved them all.
|High Chief Olayinka: singing out at the the birthday church service in Ipetu - Ijesa, his home town|
Our take and prayers at Soji Graphics as we run this profile as our own token of honouring our principal, is that High Chief Ayo Olayinka lives beyond 90 even 100 to enjoy more of the fruits of his labour and dividends of his investments on us, his old students.
|High Chief Ayo Olayinka: Fulfilled beyond words at|
the week long harvest of his good seeds