Complete Biography and life history of Prof. Kolapo Olusola Eleka ￼who is the current Deputy Governor and the Ekiti State 2018 Governorship election aspirant under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). And here is all you need to know about him.
Full Name: Prof. Kolapo Olubunmi Olushola Eleka
Political post: Incumbent Deputy Governor of Ekiti State, assumed office in the year 2014.
Date of Birth: 1968
Origin: Ikere, Ekiti State
Political Party: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)
Prof. Kolapo Olubunmi Olushola was born to the family of Pa. Joshua Olusola Eleka and Deaconess Eunice Ademolabi Ojo Eleka in the year 1968. His parents are both indigenes of Ikere-Ekiti, in the Southern region of Ekiti State.
Olusola Eleka had his first degree in Building from Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), and later got a Master’s Degree in Construction Technology from the University of Lagos. He continued his quest for knowledge as he has his Ph.D. in Building Structures from Obafemi Awolowo University.
Kolapo Olusola started his career as a lecturer in the year 1990 when he was employed as a graduate assistant, he has continued to rise in the academics as he became an Associate Professor in the year 2009.
It was the position that Kolapo Olusola Eleka held till 2014 when he became the Deputy Governor in Ekiti State.
Kolapo Olusola Biography – Education
Until his election as Deputy Governor of Ekiti State, Prof Olusola was an accomplished teacher in the Department of Building, Obafemi Awolowo University for twenty-four (24) years.
At the postgraduate level, he had successfully supervised two PhD students at Obafemi Awolowo University. He also successfully supervised two PhD students at Covenant University, Ota; as main supervisor of one and as co-supervisor of the other. He had equally supervised two M.Phil and nine M.Sc. students, all in the field of Building Structures within the past nine years after obtaining his PhD degree. He had severally served as External examiner in many Universities within the country.
His research interests are mainly in the field of Alternative Building Materials Development for Housing Construction, Construction Technology and Structural Mechanics. He has over fifty (50) academic research publications in local and international journals and conference proceedings to his credit.
Beyond this high profile reputation and enviable aforementioned academic records, Prof Kolapo Olusola is a very diligent, hardworking and principled leader whose legacies and achievements in the areas of human-power empowerment and capacity building during the past few years as the Ekiti State Deputy Governor has continued to attract many admirers and followers to him. As an epitome of humility, he radiates love and affection towards people around him. More significantly, his unflinching loyalty to his boss, His Excellency, Prof Peter Ayodele Fayose, the Executive Governor of Ekiti State is notable and has made both the young and old people of Ekiti adjudge him as “Stabilizing Factor” and a special gift not only to his boss but to the entire people of Ekiti State.
Kolapo Olusola Biography – Personal life and career
Similarly, Ekiti people have continued to commend this excellent innovator for his Spelling-Bee initiative which has apparently returned reading culture and healthy academic competition in schools through the scholarships it offers to the best students and pupils in each category of the competition. No doubt, Ekiti State is generally peaceful and progressing educationally. For this, the people are happy and appreciative of this unique being and personality.
As a Christian, Prof Kolapo Olusola stands out in his mentorship roles as the Former National Coordinator of the Christ Apostolic Church Students’ Association (CACSA) Fellowships in Nigerian Higher Institutions. He is currently a member of the Governing Council of Christ Apostolic Church Students’ Association being the apex body of the group. His achievements are being attested to by many young people of the church especially on moral and spiritual development, leadership capacity-building, self-discovery and maximization of good talents; which he successfully achieved as the Osun State Coordinator (1998-2004) and later as the Head, Directorate of Higher Institution, NYSC and TEENS Affairs for 10 years (2004- 2014). As a mentor and teacher to students, he is renowned for his teachings on integrity, faithfulness, diligence and so many other aspects of leadership traits and of course the doctrines of faithfulness and loyalty as ways to be effective and productive as future leaders.
Professionally, Prof Kolapo Olusola Eleka is an accomplished Registered Builder who had previously held very important positions at state and national levels (Osun State N.I.OB. – Nigerian Institute of Building – Chairman 2006-2009 during which the state Chapter was able to host the national convention of NIOB for the first time; At National level – Registrar of N.I.O.B., 2007-2009, Research Secretary 2009 – 2011 and Member, National Council of NIOB, 2006 – 2011; Examiner, NIOB 1998-2002; 2006 – 2011).
Kolapo Olusola Eleka Biography – Political Career and how he became Deputy Governor
Now we move on to the political career of Dr Kolapo Olusola Eleka in this fabinfos.com post, which I can tell you is an interesting tale.
Before the year 2014, Kolapo Olusola Eleka was totally unknown in the political sphere in Ekiti State. Just as the candidature of Ayo Fayose came as a surprise to many in the PDP, so also did his Deputy.
According to Dr Olusola Eleka, Fayose got to know about him after he spoke with his father in his presence on phone. This was the start of their relationship which later led to him becoming the Deputy Governor. He has since vowed to be loyal to Ayodele Fayose.
Dr Kolapo Eleka Olusola Biography – Emergence as Governorship Candidate – Ekiti 2018
On September 6th 2017, the controversial Governor of Ekiti State, Gov Peter Ayodele Fayose endorsed his Deputy, Kolapo Olusola Eleka has his successor.
The news came as a shock to many, but seems like a wise move politically since the Ekiti South Senatorial District have been clamouring for a Governor.
Ekiti State Deputy Governor, Prof. Kolapo Olusola-Eleka emerged the winner of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship primary election, in the month of May 2018.
The News Agency of Nigeria, (NAN) reported that a total of 1,968 delegates were accredited and voted at the primary poll.
Out of the total of number of votes, as announced by leader of PDP electoral committee, Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta, Eleka scored 1,190 to defeat the only challenger in the race, a former Minister of Works, Mr Dayo Adeyeye, who scored 771 votes.
Kolapo Olusola Biography – Awards and personal achievements
As part of noble recognition accorded this prolific son of Ekiti, the following Awards have been given to him, which include:
Service Leadership Award by University of Pittsburg, USA (For Exemplary Servant Leadership and Commitment to Excellence in Teaching and Learning Assessment in Ekiti State)
Best Builder in Administration by Ekiti State Chapter of the Nigerian Institute of Building (Merit Award)
Outstanding Commitment to Education Award
Special Recognition Award by Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors of Nigeria
Award of Recognition by Joint National Built Environment Conference, Nigeria
Professional Award of Recognition by Stanford University, USA
Professional Award of Recognition by University of Pittsburgh, USA
Award of Excellence as Outstanding God’s Army General by Word of Redemption
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