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Life of a master planner; tribute to Late Arc. Fola Alade

ONE of Nigeria’s first four Architecture graduates, Arc.Fola Alade died on Saturday, 19th of June, 2021.

LATE Architect Fola Alade graduated from the Nigerian College of Arts & Sciences and Technology, Zaria (now Ahmadu Bello University) in the year 1961 as one of the first four Architecture graduates. 

Thereafter, he completed his post-graduate studies at the Architectural Association School of Tropical Studies, London in the year 1965, on a Commonwealth Scholarship.

He was the first Architect to become a Federal Permanent Secretary in the year 1976, a post he held until his retirement in the year1979 after which he established his private practice, Fola Alade Associates in the same year.
Some architectural masterpieces designed by him are the 1004 Housing Estate Victoria Island, Lagos, the defunct Federal Secretariat building, Ikoyi Lagos, and the National Stadium Surulere, Lagos.

Fola Alade also designed the Remembrance Arcade, Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos, the Nigerian Air Force Base Ikeja, and the Nigerian Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies building, Kuru, near Jos.

He also designed the National Judicial Institute, Abuja, and Nigerian Embassy buildings in 11 countries.

He was a native of Aramoko town in Ekiti State and an alumnus of Christ School, Ado Ekiti.