March 2, 2024
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Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu: 5 Facts About Ondo State Governor Who Died at 67



Ondo state – The death of Ondo state governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu hits many Nigerians in a hard way after showing signs of recovering from his prolonged illness.



While family, friends, and Nigerians continued to pay tribute to the fallen hero, here are some interesting facts to know about Akeredolu.


Birthplace and Cleric Parenthood

According to the Ondo state website, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu was born on 21st July 1956 in Owo, Ondo State to the Late Rev. J. O Ola Akeredolu of Owo and Lady Evang. Grace Akeredolu.






Akeredolu had his primary school education at Government School Owo


He started his secondary education at Aquinas College Akure in 1968 after which he moved to Loyola College, Ibadan in 1969 to complete his secondary school education.


Akeredolu also attended Comprehensive High School Ayetoro for his Higher Secondary School Certificate.


He gained admission to study Law at the University of Ife now Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) in 1974 and graduated with an LL.B in 1977.


He later proceeded to the Nigerian Law School for his B.L. in 1978.


He was the Vice President of the Students’ Union in 1975/76, during his university days



Personal life


He was married to Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, who is from Imo state and they are blessed with four children.


Akeredolu’s hobbies include playing lawn tennis, reading, and singing.


Also, Akeredolu till he died was the patron of these groups: – The Nigerian Law Society, Faculty of Law, University of Lagos (UNILAG)



  • Breast Cancer Association of Nigeria(BRECAN),


  • Law Society, Faculty of Law, Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko.


  • Writers Association of Nigeria, Oyo State branch.


Governor of Ondo state


Akeredolu was sworn in as governor of Ondo state on September 17, 2017, under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and was re-elected governor in 2021 for a second term in office.




He was popularly known and called Aketi by friends and admirers. Unlike other governors, who preferred to be addressed as Your Excellency, Akeredolu adopted “Arakunrin” as his prefix.



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