Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Moses Craig Akinpelumi Adeyemi - the man behind ADEYEMI COLLEGE OF EDUCATION

standing by the November 26th, 1986 commissioned statue of
Rt. Rev. Canon Moses Craig Akinpelumi Adeyemi,
situated inside the palace of the Oba (King) of Ondo

The man who is named after the ‘Adeyemi College of Education’ in Ondo state. Canon Adeyemi was born on September 5th, 1882 to Madam Olatunwunsi of the Awosika family in Ondo and Seriki Lawani Adeyemi, from the royal family of Oyo. Though his father was a Moslem, he was brought up as a Christian and was Christened Moses, since he was brought to Ondo from Epe waterside. After the death of his mother in 1892, he lived with Bishop S.C Phillips.

Rt. Rev. Canon Moses Craig Akinpelumi Adeyemi, bust situated inside the Adeyemi College of Education Ondo

He attended Saint Stephen’s Primary School from 1890 – 1896. In 1897, he worked as a house assistant to Rev (later Bishop) Melville Frank Jones. Rev. Jones then took him to Oyo where he had just been posted. In 1898 he was admitted to Saint Andrew’s College Oyo and he graduated in 1902, and worked as a teacher until 1909 when he was offered scholarship to Fourah Bay College Sierra Leone. In 1911, he graduated from Furah Bay with a B.A in Classics, and left for Cheltenham College in England, where he obtained masters diploma degree – Masters Methods. He came back to Nigeria in 1912 and joined Saint Andrew’s College, Oyo. He was ordained a deacon, later priest whilst he was still at Oyo. 

He was also a warden of Theological College, a department in Saint Andrew’s College, Oyo. In 1915 he was appointed C.M.S Educational Secretary and Inspector of Schools on religious matters in Yoruba Mission Area. In 1919, he founded Ondo Boy’s High School.

Rt. Rev. Canon Moses Craig Akinpelumi Adeyemi, bust situated inside the Adeyemi College of Education Ondo

On December 28th, 1921, he got married to Miss Elizabeth Modupeola Okuseinde, a Domestic science graduate of Cheltenham School of Domestic Science, England and daughter of Rev. Canon and Mrs J.A Okuseinde of Saint Peter’s Church, Aremo, Ibadan. Their marriage was blessed with seven children.

Rt. Rev. Canon Moses Craig Akinpelumi Adeyemi statue, situated inside the Palace of the Osamawe of Ondo land

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1 comment:

  1. Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo was named as a posthumous award to this illustrious man. Canon M.C Adeyemi died in Dec, 1942