KOLADE, Dr. Christopher Olusola (CON)

Born December 28, 1932
Dr. Christopher Kolade is a veteran broadcaster, a communicator and Nigeria’s former High Commissioner to the United Kingdom. He is nationally and internationally renowned for his business skills and integrity. He retired at the age of 45 as the Director General of the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission and joined Cadbury Nigeria Plc as Administration Director where he rose to become the Managing Director and Chairman. Dr. Kolade has also meritoriously served in leadership positions of many national and international bodies – President, Nigerian Institute of Management; President, Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria; President, International Institute for Communications; President, World Association for Christian Communication; among many others.
Gender: Male
Name of Spouse Mrs. Beatrice E. Kolade
State of Origin: Erin – Oke, Osun State
Father's Name
Mother's Name
Profession Administrator , Diplomat
Working Experience

Founder, Christopher Kolade Foundation; Chancellor, McPherson University; Chairman, Board of Directors of SystemSpecs.

Previous Appointments:

– Education Officer, Defunct Western Region, 1955;
– West Regional Controller, Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation (now Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, FRCN), 1960- 1963;
– Director, Television, Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation (now Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, FRCN), 1963-1968;
– Director, Programmes, Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation (now Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, FRCN), 1968-1972;
– President, International Institute for Communications, 1973 – 1975;
– Director General, Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation (now Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, 1972-1978;
– President, World Association for Christian Communication, 1975–1982;
– Administration director, Cadbury Nigeria Limited, 1978;
– Deputy Managing director, Cadbury Nigeria Limited, 1982;
– President, Nigerian Institute of Management, 1985–1988;
– Managing Director, Cadbury Nigeria Limited, 1984-1989;
– Chief Executive Officer, Cadbury Nigeria Limited, 1989;
– President, Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria, 1988–1993;
– Lecturer, Lagos Business School, 1995-2005;
– High Commissioner to United Kingdom, 2002-2007;
– Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Governing Council of the University, 2009-2012
– Chairman, Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme Board, January 3, 2012;

– Fellow, Institute of Directors,
– Fellow, Society of Nigerian Broadcasters,

Emmanuel School, Ado-Ekiti, 1939-1943; Christ's School, Ado-Ekiti, 1944-1945; Government College, Ibadan, 1946-1951; Fourah Bay College, Sierra- Leone, 1951-1955;

– Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON), 2008

Managing Grassroots Resources and Facilities for National Development in a Depressed Economy

– Honorary Doctor of Civil, University of Sierra-Leone, 1976;

– Listening to Gospel Music
– Playing lawn tennis

– Metropolitan Club, Lagos State;
– Lagos Country Club, Lagos State

Dr Kolade is an Organist and Choir Master in St. Peter’s Church, Faji, Lagos, since 1988. Dr. Christopher Kolade received the medal of the Order of St. Augustine from the Archbishop of Canterbury (1981). He is also a Lay Canon of the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit in the Diocese of Guildford.

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