By adl

Celebrating Over Two Decades of Remarkable Service to the World

Professor Foluso Okunmadewa, an enigma in the realm of transformative leadership and development, stands poised on the cusp of retirement after an illustrious journey spanning more than two decades within the World Bank. His legacy, etched deeply into the fabric of Nigeria’s community development landscape, embodies the essence of selfless service and unwavering dedication.

As Prof. Okunmadewa prepares to bid farewell to his tenure, the Ekiti Community and Social Development Agency finds itself grappling with the impending absence of an irreplaceable figure. To merely express a sentiment of missing him would be an understatement. His departure leaves a void that transcends mere professional responsibilities; it’s an absence keenly felt in the hearts of those communities touched by his guidance and wisdom across Nigeria.

The significance of Prof. Okunmadewa’s contributions extends far beyond the confines of his immediate work environment. His vision, rooted in the principles of Community-Driven Development, (CDD), has served as a guiding light illuminating pathways towards progress and empowerment for the less privileged and marginalized across the expanse of Nigeria’s 36 States and the Federal Capital Territory.

Indeed, his tenure has been a testament to the power of visionary leadership and tireless commitment. Prof. Okunmadewa’s unwavering dedication to serving the underprivileged has not only transformed lives but has also laid the foundation for a legacy of Community Development that will endure for generations to come.

His departure marks not just the end of an era but also heralds the beginning of a new chapter—a chapter wherein his teachings, values, and principles continue to resonate in the hearts and minds of those he has inspired. The seeds of community-centric development sown by Prof. Okunmadewa shall continue to flourish, fostering a culture of progress and inclusivity across Nigeria.

The indelible mark he leaves behind serves as a guiding beacon for future public leaders and organizations, offering a blueprint for sustainable and impactful development initiatives. Prof. Okunmadewa’s teachings on service, empathy, and the imperative of placing the marginalized at the forefront of development will remain a cornerstone of societal advancement.

In bidding farewell to a luminary like Prof. Foluso Okunmadewa, we also usher in a period of reflection, gratitude, and a renewed commitment to carry forth his legacy. As we honour his contributions, let us collectively pledge to uphold the values he championed, ensuring that the torch he carried so ardently continues to illuminate the path toward a brighter, more equitable future for all.

Prof. Okunmadewa’s tenure no doubt, has been characterized not just by his professional prowess but also by his innate ability to instill hope and resilience within communities. His empathetic approach, coupled with an unwavering commitment to amplifying the voices of the marginalized, has woven a tapestry of empowerment and transformation across Nigeria. Through his tireless advocacy and pioneering initiatives, he has elevated the discourse surrounding community development, emphasizing the imperative of localized solutions and grassroots participation as the bedrock of sustainable progress.

His departure may mark the end of an era, but the ripples of his influence will continue to shape the course of community development and service for generations to come.

Alhaji Dauda Lawal, ADL, is the former PO (IEC), Ekiti CSDA

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