President Goodluck Jonathan has extolled the virtues of late Segun Olusola saying “his commitment to the promotion of excellence in the arts and culture sector, broadcasting and public service, are worthy of emulation.”
The late Olusola, creator of the popular drama series, The Village Headmaster, which thrilled Nigerians in the 80’s was commended by the President for his “selflessness and professionalism” in broadcasting and other ventures.
Mr. Jonathan also acknowledged the late Mr. Olusola’s “role as Nigeria’s Ambassador to Ethiopia, as well as his promotion of peace in Africa under the auspices of the African Refugees Foundation (AREF), which he founded.”
Mr. Olusola has also been described as a de-tribalised Nigerian by a former Abia State Governor, Orji Kalu.
Mr. Kalu stated that “beginning with The Village Headmaster series, which he created on the Nigeria Television Authority, Ambassador Olusola had the cast reflecting the major ethnic nationalities in Nigeria.”
The former governor eulogized Mr. Olusola saying the former diplomat died at a time he was needed most.
“Nigeria needs men who are detribalised and are willing to give their best for the country,” Mr. Kalu said.
Mr. Olusola, Nigeria longest serving ambassador to Ethiopia, 1987-1993, died at the age of 77 on Thursday.