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Professor Rufus Oladipo Elemo

Professor Rufus Oladipo Elemo, aka “Cracker Joe” is a 1968 Division One graduate of Anglican Grammar School, Igbara-Oke. He attended Adeola Odutola College, Ijebu-Ode for Higher School Certificate. All these were made possible per the kindness of his senior sister, Chief (Mrs.) Janet Olufunmilayo Oluwasanmi. After teaching Mathematics and Physics at Ibadan City Academy for one year, he proceeded to the United States of America in December 1971 with the aid of Federal Government of Nigeria scholarship. While there, he earned Bachelors, Masters, and Doctorate degrees in Petroleum Engineering from University of Missouri – Rolla, Louisiana State University, and the University of Texas at Austin, respectively. He returned to Nigeria in January 1979 and took up an appointment as a Lecturer in the Department of Petroleum Engineering, University of Ibadan. By 1982, he was a Senior Lecturer and Associate Dean of The Faculty of Technology. He returned to the United States on sabbatical leave in July 1985, taught and conducted research in the School of Petroleum and Geological Engineering at The University of Oklahoma in Norman. He resigned his appointment at UI in 1989 with a promise to come back there. He was also on the faculty of a new Department Petroleum Engineering at North Dakota State University, Fargo, as an Associate Professor from August 1986 till June 1994. He resettled in Maryland in July 1994, taught and became a full Professor at Prince George’s Community College and at Bowie State University. It has long been the wish and goal of Professor Oladipo Elemo to give back a little to his Alma Mater, Anglican Grammar School, Igbara-Oke (AGSI), and to honor and immortalize his senior sister, Chief (Mrs.) Janet Olufunmilayo Oluwasanmi, who transitioned into eternal glory on Palm Sunday, March 28, 1999. This Computer Center at AGSI is a manifestation of that goal and wish. It was dedicated and commissioned for use on Friday, August 23, 2019. It is for the benefit of current and future generations of young adults/students. To God be all the Honor, Adoration, and Glory.


Late Chief (Mrs.) Janet Olufunmilayo Oluwasanmi, JP.

Late Chief (Mrs.) Janet Olufunmilayo Oluwasanmi, JP, was born at Igbara-Oke, Ondo State of Nigeria on 29th of December, 1936, to Mr. Emmanuel Oluwajufehinsi (E. O.) and Mrs. Hannah Olasoji Elemo of the famous families of Elemo and Obe, respectively. Her maternal grandfather was the Sapetu (Prime Minister) of Igbara-Oke for forty-three years (1925-1968). Her paternal grandmother was Princess Arinmo Tomoloju of the Aruogbon Ruling House of Igbara-Oke. She lost her father in early 1954, but was able to complete her secondary school education at St. Theresa’s College, Oke-Ado, Ibadan. After secondary school, she worked briefly before entering and graduating from the old Nigerian College of Arts, Science, and Technology. In 1960, she gained an admission to the University of Nigeria, Nsukka as one of the pioneer set of seven female students. She studied History at the University and graduated with Second Class (Upper) Division in 1963, thereby becoming the first University graduate in the Elemo family and became a role model to all the youths of Igbara-Oke, males and females. So, through sheer hard work and unparalleled dedication, and without much help, but God’s help, she achieved her goal of higher education and assisted other family members to achieve their goals. She was a good student who loved education in and outside the classrooms. After graduating from Nsukka, she taught very briefly at Babalola Memorial Girls Grammar School, Ilesa and at Ibadan City Academy. She was also a Research Officer at University of Ibadan Institute of African Studies before joining the old Western State Civil Service in 1965. She later moved to the old Ondo State civil service shortly after the new State was created. There she rose to become the first female Permanent Secretary in Ondo State in 980. After voluntary retirement from Ondo State civil service in 1987, she ran a small successful business. In early 1964, she married Dr. (Now Professor) Joseph Olatunde Oluwasanmi, the first Plastic Surgeon in Sub-Saharan Africa. The marriage was blessed with four highly successful children. On Palm Sunday, March 28, 1999, Chief (Mrs.) Janet Olufunmilayo Oluwasanmi was called from life to eternal life after a brief illness. This Computer Center was built in honor and memory of Chief (Mrs.) Janet Olufunmilayo Oluwasanmi to commemorate her love of education, and to appreciate her immense contribution to the life and progress of her junior brother, Professor Rufus Oladipo (Ladi) Elemo. Eternal rest, grant unto her, O LORD, and let light perpetual shine upon her.


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