Professor Tayo Oke : A Distinguished Nigerian Achiever In The United Kingdom.

By Bimbo Roberts Folayan. THE STORY OF MY FRIEND PROFESSOR TAYO OKE.  This short story of the Man who would have become Nigeria's fi...

By Bimbo Roberts Folayan.

THE STORY OF MY FRIEND PROFESSOR TAYO OKE. 

This short story of the Man who would have become Nigeria's first Member of Parliament in the UK will shock many people. It is an inspiration for all those people who always give EXCUSES for failure.


My friend and school mate, Dr Tayo Oke at the age of 16 from a highly respected Lagos family got a French tourist visa in the late 1970s but lied to the parents and friends that he had just secured admission into a reputable University in France. The parents bought him a flight ticket to Paris.
Alas! He had no admission and knew no one or where to stay but flew to Paris and landed at the airport with no where to go. He lived on the streets of Paris sharing accommodation with homeless people for several years. In the process, this young boy amazingly studied and got a Bsc, got an Msc and (wait for this) got a PhD at a very young age.


 He married into a middle class English family and later became one of the very 1st set of Nigerian born Labour party councillors in the early 1990s. When I arrived the United Kingdom in 1994, my friend was already speaking like Prince Charles with the received pronunciation. Such was his amazing intellectual and mental abilities that he would have become the first Nigerian born MP in the UK. When MKO Abiola ran away from the military in Nigeria after the June 12 election annulment it was in Tayo's flat in Deptford that the members of his New Nigerian Forum (where he was Chairman and Kayode Fayemi, former governor and now Minister was Secretary) held secret meetings with MKO Abiola. 
His group was the intellectual arm of the struggle. It was the group that first provided navigation for NADECO abroad. Professor Oke now lectures in the US and in Nigeria and also works with the UN in the Congo where he has his consultancy. 

Two days ago, I got a text message from him that he has again been called to the bar. He is one of my friends who have several doctorate degrees(PhD) and make me feel like an illiterate. I am so proud of all his achievements till date. He belongs to a class of mean,brilliant, tough, unbreakable set of Nigerians who would never give up. We both have the Ekiti blood flowing in our veins. We will die on our feet fighting the good course by God's grace.




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