One Time Richest Man In Nigeria, Chief Harry Ayoade Akande is Dead
Former presidential aspirant and one time richest man in Nigeria, Chief Harry Ayoade Akande is dead. Chief Akande died on the 5th of December, 2020 at age 77.
In a statement issued by his son, Olumide Akande, Chief Harry Akande died in the early hours of Saturday following a brief illness. Olumide further hailed his father’s influence and legacy across Nigeria and beyond.
“His greatest passion was for a better Nigeria that guaranteed equity and justice for all. It is our fervent hope that this will be a reality in the not too distant future.”, Olumide said about his father.
Akande, who held the chieftaincy title of Agba Oye of Ibadanland, was born 3rd March, 1943, attended secondary school in Ibadan and then bagged BSc in Accounts and Finance from the United States in 1967. He’s also an MBA holder at the Northwestern University, Kellogg’s School of Management.
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Returning back to Nigeria in 1970, Chief Akande functioned as a financial consultant with KPMG and Standard Oil Corporation. In 1971, He became the president of New African Technical & Electrical Company (NAFTEC), a representative company of General Electric (G.E) America, which executed major Gas Turbine Electricity Projects at Ughelli, ljora, and Delta II-IV.
Chief Akande in a partnership with Costain International, made the Osogbo-Ede Water Scheme, the biggest water venture in Africa.
In 1991, Akande’s organization was selected to administer the total recovery and renovation of Nigeria’s National Art Theater.
He was one of the establishing fathers of the then All Peoples Party (APP) which was the second biggest third political party toward the start of the present democratic era. He filled in as Chairman of the APP Board of Trustees.
Akande later campaigned for President on the foundation of ANPP but failed.
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