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Mufutau Ajadi Olanihun (1946-2015)

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On March 30 this year, Nigerians woke up to the news that notable Ibadan businessman and philanthropist, Chief Mufutau Ajadi Olanihun passed on at the age of 69.

Popularly called Mufu Lanihun and Olowo ti n fi owo saanu, (meaning, wealthy philanthropist), the famous businessman was a pioneer and major importer of second-hand goods, including used automobile engines and electronic gadgets.

Late Chief Olanihun was very successful and made a lot of money from the business so much that he became very popular on the social circle and was the darling of A-list musicians, including late Chief Sikiru Ayinde Barrister, who devoted a music album to him (Olanihun).

The Ibadan-based businessman would also be remembered for his philanthropic gestures, especially in the advancement of the Islamic Religion and education.

Speaking about Olanihun’s contributions, a former Special Adviser on Security and Protocol in Oyo State, Chief Bola Alphonso said: “In fact, when we talk of religious leaders in Ibadan, Alhaji Mufutau Olanihun is more successful than anybody. To his credit, he has a primary school named after him, a secondary school and a College of Education, which he started and funded. Many people have passed through him. Olanihun did not spend his money to destabilize the society and cause people to start killing themselves on the road.”

Until his death, Chief Olanihun was off the social scene for over two decades after he was accused of working against the late Chief MKO Abiola during the June 12, 1993 presidential election. He had denied the allegation.

Late Chief Mufutau Olanihun would be remembered for his contribution to the advancement of commerce, education and religion.

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