Dr. Oluremi Atanda
Dr. Oluremi Atanda, a scientist (agricultural zDzfsxgt ywgeneticist), a footballer, educationist, erudite administrator and a philanthropist par excellence, was born on September 22, 1973 to the Oseni Atanda family, Ile Alfa Molete, Iwo, Osun state. He attended Baptist Day School, Iwo between 1946-1952. He was simply the best pupil and he won several hearts of teachers and pupils with his brilliance.
Oluremi Atanda came first in the common entrance examination to Molusi College, Ijebu-Igbo with state scholarship and spent only four years 1953-1956 under the guidance of the great educationist, Dr. Tai Solarin. Between 1957-1958 , Oluremi Atanda was at Government College, Ibadan for his HSC.
He later got admission to the University of Nottingham School of Agriculture, UK on Federal Government Scholarship, where he obtained a second class (Honours) degree in 1964 where his B.Sc. of Agriculture, same year. He completed his Ph.D. in Plant Science from the University of New Castle-Upon-Tyne, England in 1968 in 2 years and 9 months under British Technical Aid Scholarship. He returned to Nigeria where he was employed as a Research Officer at the Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria (CRIN) from where he moved to Agriculture Research Council of Nigeria (ARCN). He became the Director and Chief Executive of three Research Institutes namely; Federal Department of Agricultural Research, 1957-1976; National Cereal Research Institute of Nigeria 1976-1979; and Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria, 1979-1980.
Dr. Atanda has published 46 papers in learned Journals. His work has affected the fortunes of many cocoa farmers in the West Africa. Dr. Atanda was the National President of Cassava Growers Association, 1986-1994. He was also the chairman, Governing Council, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, 1994: Chairman Old Oyo state Civil Service Commission, 1980-1983. Aside from his contribution to the nation and his state, Dr. Atanda’s impact is also felt in his immediate community. He is the president of the Iwo Prospective Group (IPG) from 2006 to date, Eketa Oba Iwo land and Ekerin of Ikire-Ile. He aggressively pursued and succeeded in increasing the number of secondary schools in Iwo land from five to twenty three between 1980 and 1981 under the UPN government of late Chief Bola Ige.