Engr Wale Lagunju was born in Ibadan 49 years ago to the family of Chief Oladiti Lagunju and late Mrs Rachel Morohunmubo Lagunju of blessed memory. Wale Lagunju as fondly called by many, is the second child in a family of three children. After he demonstrated an enthusiastic search for greater knowledge, the intelligent Wale started school early at the age of three (3), always following his Elder brother to home lessons held at times in uncompleted buildings. He had so much zeal for learning more as he always wanted to do everything that his seniors were doing. This zeal was an advantage for him when he entered the Primary School, that despite his young age, he came first in his class throughout Pry1 through Pry 6. Wale Lagunju was an astonishing responsible leader that even the school authority couldn’t choose someone else, they had to make him a Senior Prefect.
He graduated from the famous Loyola College, Ibadan with the best result in the West African School Certificate Examination, making a Grade 1 Distinction Aggregate 9,which in modern age means having A’s in all his papers.
Wale Lagunju proceeded to the famous University of Ife to study his desired course, Civil Engineering. An astute and erudite scholar, he won both the University of Ife and Shell Petroleum Development Co. undergraduate Scholarships. Despite all the distractions of Great Ife in those days, the determined young Wale graduated with a First Class Honours at the age of 22.
He was posted to serve his fatherland in Niger state and he undertook his primary assignment at the Upper Niger River Basin Development Authority. Despite a Corp member, his energetic work habit made him involved in the supervision of the Tunga Kawo Irrigation Project and the design of a small earth dam at Allawa village in Niger State. After his NYSC, many of his colleagues who were also first Class graduates of engineering went to accounting firms who were desperately recruiting...