Gospel Film Festival Director, Olaitan Faranpojo’s Father Laid To Rest


By Oluwafemi Dosu

Gospel Film Festival Director and CEO of Calibrator’s Media, Evangelist Olaitan Faranpojo’s Father has been finally laid to rest.

Late Colonel D.O Faranpojo was buried in his home town in Ile-Ife, Osun State amidst celebration of a life well spent, Gospel Film News can confirm.

He was buried on 10th September, 2022 while Wake Keep was 9th September, 2022. Reception was held at iyeru hall, parakin , Ife.

Evangelist Mike and Gloria bamiloye, Yemi Adepoju and wife, Isaac Femi Akintunde, Dipeolu Afolabi, Wole olaleye, Director General NYSC, Directorates of Education, Nigerian Army, Biola Adenuga who’s the MD of Pefti Film and Television Institute amongst others also joined in celebration of life of the deceased.

Gospel Film News learnt that the Nigerian Army led by Brigadier General led a team of over 60 senior military officers to pay Lt col D.O Faranpojo last respect.

Biography of the Deceased:

Late LT. COL. D.O FARANPOJO (Rtd) was a Former Chairman/Administrator of Ife Central Local Government, Ile-Ife.

Young David Olasupo was born on the 12th day of September, 1937 at Ilode, Olopo Compound, Ile-Ife Osun State to Late Chief Samuel Johnson Olaobaju (S.J.O) Faranpojo and Madam Felicia Egbeyemi Faranpojo of Ejesa compound, Ilode quarters, Ile-Ife. Olasupo was an Educationist, Scientist, Soldier and an Administrator.

David Olasupo had his Primary Education at St. Paul’s School Aiyegbaju, Ilode, Ile-Ife, where he obtained his Primary School leaving Certificate in 1952. After attending Oduduwa College, Ile-Ife from 1953- 1958, he became a Laboratory Technician at the School of Pathology in Lagos. He also attended Federal Science School, Onikan Lagos. After he obtained his A levels at Federal Science School, Onikan Lagos, he taught briefly at Origbo Grammar School. In order to further develop himself, he gained admission into University of Ife and got his BSc honors in Physics in 1967 and immediately took up a teaching appointment at Oduduwa college in 1967. He later proceeded to the University of Ibadan to do his Post Graduate Diploma in Education in 1969.
He later joined the Nigerian Army and was commissioned as a full lieutenant in 1971 and posted to Military School Zaria as an instructor/adjutant. In 1974, he was later transferred to Lagos as chief instructor at the Nigerian Army School of Electrical & Mechanical Engineering, Herbert Macaulay Street, Yaba. He later proceeded to do a Post Graduate studies in Mass Communication at the University of Lagos. Not tired of Learning, he went further and did another Post Graduate programme this time in Computer Science and was later transferred to the Nigerian Army Headquarters where he served as the secretary to the board. In 1979, he travelled for a course at Blandford Defence College in London Uk and much later did more professional courses at Munich in Germany and France.

Lt. Col. Faranpojo brought lots of Ife indigenes to Lagos and gave them jobs as a civilian Instructors, in the military. He did help lots of Ife sons, while in the service. When he came back from the Defence College, UK training, he was appointed the first director of the newly established Computer Unit of the Nigerian Army (Records) based in Bonny Camp, Lagos during the regime of Buhari/Idiagbon. He was later transferred to Nigerian Defence Academy Kaduna as a senior military instructor. Then to Nigeria Military School as the Deputy Commandant/ Chief Instructor (Education). He was also to serve as the Deputy Commandant at the Nigerian Army School of Education, Sobi, Kwara State where he retired from the Nigerian Army in 1991.

After retiring from the Army, he was appointed the Chairman /administrator of Ife Central Local Government Council by the first Military Governor of Osun State, Navy Captain Anthony Udofia in 1993. He was also at a point in time made the chairman of the Department of Ife affairs which later gave birth to Ife Development Board by the past Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade. He was also one of the Directors at Nippon (one of Oodua Group of Companies) in 1992.

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