Abimbola O. Ogunsola ’67

Abimbola O. Ogunsola ’67 died June 29, 2013, at his home in Brooklyn, N.Y. He was born on June 22, 1944, in Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria. After completing his secondary education at Government College in Ibadan and Igbobi College in Lagos, he was accepted to the African Scholarship Program of American Universities (ASPAU) and was granted a full scholarship to Bowdoin. A dean’s list student, he graduated cum laude and was awarded an O’Brien Graduate Scholarship to attend Cornell University, where he earned a master’s of business administration in 1969. He got a job working at Philip Morris International in New York City, then transferred to Nigeria in 1970. He worked in marketing for the company for nine years, in the U.S., Europe, and Nigeria. He served as director of marketing, brand management, sales management, and public relations with the Boots Pharmaceutical Company, Lagos, Nigeria, and spent four years as controller of marketing, brand management, product development, and strategic planning at SmithKline Beecham Healthcare Company in Lagos. As a participant in the Commonwealth Leadership Study Conference, he spent a short time in Canada focusing on challenges of industrial development in Canada. As CEO of his own company, Creative Marketing Services, he recruited and trained high-caliber management personnel as part of an executive selection service that focused on optimizing individual performance. He conducted workshops in integrated marketing communication for many business executives drawn from various companies in Lagos. At the time of his death, he was an assistant professor in the advertising and marketing communications department of Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York. He is survived by his wife of forty-one years, Gloria Williams Ogunsola; sons Olufunso Ogunsola and Dr. Oluwafemi Ogunsola; two granddaughters; sister Olufemi Akinbiyi; and brothers Chief Ajibola Ogunshola, Mogaji Okayinka Ogunsola, and Olukunle Ogunsola.

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