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Designer of 1004 Flats Housing Estate in Lagos, Fola Alade, is dead

By Idowu Gabriel

One of Nigeria’s first four architectural graduates, Fola Alade, has died.

Alade died at the age of 87 on Saturday, family sources told Aramoko-Ekiti.

The architectural masterpieces bearing his badge are Housing Estate 1004, Victoria Island, Lagos, the former Federal Secretariat building, Ikoyi, Lagos and the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.

Others are the Memorial Arcade, Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos, Satellite Town, Lagos, Nigerian Air Base, Ikeja, and the Nigerian Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies building, Kuru, near Jos.

Still others are the National Judicial Institute, Abuja and the Nigerian Embassy buildings in 11 countries.

Fola Alade graduated from the Nigerian College of Arts, Science and Technology in Zaria (now Ahmadu Bello University) in 1961 as one of the first four architectural graduates.

Subsequently, he completed his graduate studies at the Architectural Association School of Tropical Studies in London in 1965, on a Commonwealth scholarship.

He was the first architect to become Federal Permanent Secretary in 1976, a position he held until his retirement in 1979, after which he established his private practice Fola Alade Associates in 1979.

After his post-professional training, he became an associate of the Royal Institute of British Architects and Architects’ Registration Council of the United Kingdom in 1963.

He joined the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing as a resident architect in the former West Region and later in Lagos City Council.

In 1969, he became the first registrar of the Architects Registration Council of Nigeria. He was Secretary General of the Nigerian Institute of Architects.

He was appointed pro-chancellor and chairman of the board of the Federal University of Port Harcourt in 1990.

The Speaker of the Ekiti House of Assembly, Mr. Funminiyi Afuye, described in his condolence message the disappearance of Alade as a great loss for Ekiti State in particular and for Nigeria in general.

This is contained in a statement by Afuye’s special media advisor Mr. Tai Oguntayo on Sunday in Ado-Ekiti.

Assembly speaker Ekiti praised Alade’s architectural professionalism during his lifetime.

He described the first architect as the giant pillar behind the various physical structures of many institutions in Nigeria today.

He said the late architect was a “literal patriot who left his mark on the sands of time.”

Afuye prayed to God to give the family the courage to endure the loss. (NAA)

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