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Chief Shittu Bello-Osagie

1938 - 2005

Chief Shittu Bello-Osagie

BSc Business and Administrative Studies, 1967

Chief Shittu Bello-Osagie descended from two prominent families of the Benin Kingdom, the popular Oloke family and on his mother's side the notable Bazuaye family.

Young Shittu completed his primary education in Benin, then attended the Yaba Technical Institute, Lagos (now Yaba College of Technology) from 1954 to 1958. He worked with Mobil Oil Nigeria Limited from 1958 till 1961.

In 1967, he obtained a BSc (Hons) in Business and Administrative Studies from the University of Bradford Management Centre and became an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Secretaries and Administrators (A.C.I.S) in 1970.

BSc students in 1967.

Chief Shittu Bello-Osagie later worked as an administrator in Insolvency Services with Messers Stoy, Hayward & Co, Chartered Accountants, Wigmore Street, London..

He was persuaded to return to Nigeria by the then Bendel State Government and Management of Bendel Brewery in 1975 and was immediately offered a job as Company Secretary.

In 1978 he was appointed the General Manager of Bendel Brewery. In 1981, he was redeployed to Bendel Cement Company as the General Manager, where he initiated, negotiated and won the approval for the establishment of a branch of the United Bank of Africa Limited at Okkpella.

During his tenure at these companies there was significant progress made in production, turnover and profitability, but he was modest about the records his style of administration achieved.

Indeed during his life time, Chief Shittu Bello-Osagie was a model for young and upcoming administrators, most of whom copied his manner of impeccable spoken English language and mode of 'Gentleman's Quarterly' dressing.

Chief Shittu Bello-Osagie was highly respected and won the admiration of many. In June 1982, he was conferred with the chieftaincy title of Ogwega of Okpella (below) by His Royal Majesty the Okuokpellagbe of Okpella for his contributions towards development in the community.

Chief Shittu Bello-Osagie in 1982.

Chief Shittu Bello-Osagie was at one time a Secretary General of the Nigerian Cricket Association, he was also a Patron of the Nigerian Union of Journalists, Bendel State Council, and Member of the Board of the National Sports Commission, the body charged with managing sport in the country at that time. He also served as Chairman St. Matthew's Cathedral Church, Benin, Planning and Project Committee.

His favourite hobbies were playing lawn tennis, listening to classical music and reading. He loved to entertain guest and relatives. He enjoyed travelling and his foreign travels included England, France, West Germany, East Germany, Denmark, the Switzerland, United States of America, the Bahamas, India, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Kenya, Madagascar, Ghana and Liberia. The only continent he did not visit was Australia. Hamburg in Germany was his favourite place to visit.

Chief Shittu Bello-Osagie passed away on 12 December 2005.