A few weeks back, members of The Island Club elected new officers to run the affairs of the club. As you read this, the new officers have begun work. The new Chairman of the Island Club is Prince Rabiu Adio Oluwa. The new Vice Chairman is Otunba Stephen Ogundipe. The new General Secretary is Mr. Bolaji Martins. The new Treasurer is Mr. Anthony Ogunlola who was elected unopposed. The new Social Secretary is Otunba John Otubanjo. The new Sports Secretary is Mr. Olayinka Karim The New Assistant Gen. Sec. is Mr. Olatokunbo Foresythe. He was elected unopposed. The new Assistant Social Secretary is Alhaji Fatai Adio Lawal who was also elected unopposed.
The 8 Management Committee members were elected unopposed. They are Alhaji Olalekan Bello, Engr. Katchy Chukwuma, Otunba Taiwo Faniro-Dada, Mr. Labrar Biodun Folami, Aare Abiodun Odusanwo, Engr. Hakeem Ogunbambi, Engr. Emeka Ogwara and Mr. Ayodele Oyebade. The Chairman, Electoral Committee is Mr. Akin Ogunbiyi and the Secretary of Electoral Committee is Dr. Akeem Alawode.
They took over from the Otunba Kehinde Shita-led Exco. He was the former Chairman. Other members include Chief Olurotimi Martins (former Vice Chairman), Chief Abiodun Sowunmi (General Secretary), Mr. Segun Ogundipe (former Treasurer), Mr. Olatunji Folami (former Social Secretary), Alhaji Abiodun Okesanjo (former Sports Secretary), Amb Gani Lawal (former Asst. Gen. Secretary) and Chief Owolabi Coker (the former Asst. Social Secretary).
The club is a very distingushed social club founded in 1943 by 50 Nigerians and non-Nigerians. These distinguished gentlemen set up the club for political reasons and to meet the recreational needs of the elite.
The club has as members a lot of big men, who are accomplished professionals in their various fields. Many royal fathers are members, so also successful businessman, and public servants. It has a Board of Trustees, made up of a past Chairman, Leaders of Section and Groups, Elders, Patrons.
The Trustees are Alhaji (Chief) Musiliu Olaiya Anibaba (FCA), Chief Professor (Arc.) JohnGodwin Obe (OFR), Arch (Chief) Anthony Mogbonjubola Soetan, Asiwaju (Barr) Alex Duduyemi, Engr. Samuel Adegbayibi, Elder Dr. S.M. Olakunri (SAN), Chief Michael Olumuyiwa Falomo, Sir Kessington Adebutu (CON), Chief Olatunde Aluko, Chief Sheriff Folami, Chief Dehinde Lucas, Amb. Abayomi Akintola, and Chief Oluyemi Adeniyi Williams.
On the Chairman’s roll are great men like Alh. Chief Hakeem Awe, Prince Ademola Dada, Mr. Oladipo Okeseyi (SAN), Mr. Olabanji Oladapo, and Prince Philip Kola Abumere.
Some big men have passed-on, like Chief Molade Okoya-Thomas, Alagba Tanimose Bankole- Oki, Chief Olusola Falaye, Chief Hilario Babs-Akerele, Otunba T.O.S. Benson, Sir Folarin Coker, Alhaji Babatunde Jose, Alhaji (Chief) Wahab Iyanda Folawiyo, HRH Oba Shefiu Sule, Amb. Fani Fowora, AVM Funso Martins, Chief Olusola Saraki, John Segun Odubela, Oba Buhari Oloto, Chief S. O. Babalola, Prince Bode Oshinusi, Prince Alaba Oniru.
The big men at the Island Club including Prince Lana Adesida, Wale Edun, Alhaji (Chief) Kamorudeen Ajao Danjuma, Senator (Prince) Adeseye Ogunlewe, Bashorun J.K. Randle, Chief Angustine Ayo, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, Chief Iyiola Omisore, Chief Lateef Okunnu, Chief C. O. Ogunbanjo, HRM Oba Tijani Akinloye, Oba (Dr.) Adedapo Tejuoso, Otunba Adekunle Ojora and Dr. Abayomi Finnih.
There are others like Bashorun Fatai Idowu Arobieke, Oba Fatai Irawo, Otunba Abiodun Onanuga, Prince Ade Dosunmu, Aare Kolawole Oyefeso, Aare Dele Bankole, Otunba Adedoyin Ogungbe, Dr. Bunmi Omoseyindemi, Vice Admiral Anthony Okanlawon Oni, Engr. Oladele Amoda, Chief Kayode Anibaba, Prof. Bolaji Akinyemi, Chief Pius Akinyelure, Mr. Taiwo Lakanu, Oba Saheed Elegushi, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu (MON), Chief Idowu Sofola (SAN), King Sunny Ade and Brig. Gen. Raji Rasaki.
There are others like Aare Ayandotun Ayanlakin, Otunba Kunle Ogunade, Maj. Gen. Tajudeen Olanrewaju, Chief Rotimi Aina-Kushoro, Kola Alawaiye, Oba Lateef Adams, Tayo Alakiu, Chief Willy Akinlude, Rotimi George-Taylor, Chief Lanre Razak, Capt. Abiodun Lisk-Carew, Alhaji Tunde Folawiyo, Segun Oyegbola, Prince Bisi Olatilo, Chief Bolaji Ayorinde, Chief Kola Jamolu, Chief Babajide Damazio, Barr. Philip Uweh (SAN), Barr. Rickey Tarfa, Chief Femi Somolu.
There are others like Amb. Justle George Ogunlade, Arc. (Chief) Olufemi Majekodunmi, Mr. Hakeem Alobo Bakare, Alhaji Tajudeen Okoya, Chief Demola Seriki, Sir Debe Odumegwu-Ojukwu, Senator Gbenga Ashafa, Remi Lasaki, Otunba John Otubanjo, Barrister B.K. Ogala, Dr. Seyi Roberts, Otunba Lekan Bello, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, Mr. Oladipo Felix Vera-Cruz, Gboyega Okegbenro, Alhaji Rasaq Okoya, Prince Adesuyi Olateru-Olagbegi, Prince Wale Osiyemi and Alhaji Ajidagba.
Many don’t know Alhaji Atiku Abubakar (GCFR) is a member. So also, Chief Dr. Abimbola Ogunkelu, Chief Segun Osoba, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Prince Funso Adetiba, Diji Vera-Cruz, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Chief Emeka Anyaoku,