History Of Ikeja Club
WHO WE ARE
Ikeja Club, described by one of the foundation members as “a child of circumstance”, came into being following the realization of the need for a serene place for decent relaxation and socialization after work. The initial idea came from Alhaji A.T. Animashaun, who drew from his experience as a member of the Black Table in Blackburn, Lancashire, England, and he invited Late Chief S.O Onasanya and Late S.A. Otunkoya. The three gentlemen met at the then Victoria Hotel, Ikeja, and Alhaji A.T. Animashaun disclosed his vision of a
prominent social club. The three founding fathers agreed to invite other friends who attended the maiden meeting on 27 July 1966 at Victoria Hotel, Ikeja.
Those that attended the maiden meeting along with the pioneers included:
- 1. Late Mr. Abiodun Akerele – Nigerian Textile Mills Ltd
- 2. Late Chief Ben Olaiya - Nigerian Textile Mills Ltd
- 3. Prince Adekoya Dairo – Dunlop Nigeria Ltd
- 4. Mr. M.O Omokanwaiye – Western Nigeria Housing Corporation
- 5. Chief T.O Akinwolere – A Business man
- 6. Mr. Felix Agbonselobho – Dealer, Mobile Petrol Station Maryland
- 7. Prince Bisi Ojelade – American Embassy
- 8. Late Mr. Abimbola Pitan – American Embassy
- 9. Mr. Adekayaoja – ECN (later NEPA )
The following were appointed as officers during the maiden meeting
- 1. Chief Abiodun Akerele – President
- 2. Prince Adekoya Dairo – Vice President
- 3. Alhaji A.T. Animashaun – General Secretary
- 4. Mr. Felix Agbonselobho – Treasurer
- 5. Chief T.O Akinwolere – Financial Secretary
- 6. Mr. S.O. Otukoya – Social Secretary
- 7. Mr. S.O. Onasanya – Ex-Offio
- 8. Mr. M.O. Omokanwaiye – Ex-Offio
The inaugural meeting of the Club was held at Victoria Hotel, Ikeja. Three other
meetings were held at the same venue. The Club shifted its meeting venue to Mr.
M.O. Omokanwaiye’s residence on Adeniyi Jones Avenue, Ikeja, and four (4)
meetings were held there. Chief T.O Akinwolere later volunteered the use of the
top of his decked building at No. 156, Isheri Road now 134, Awolowo Way
(Adetiba House) at Balogun Bus stop, Ikeja . Meetings were held at this
venue for over one year. The membership strength of the Club increased
with the inclusion of T.O Gbajobi, Albert Olubakinde, Tokunboh Alli,
T.A Awoleye, Gregory Asemota, Pade Odanye, Afolabi Fadairo, Omoyele
(Alias Omo Agege), Ajetunmobi and others.
Consequently, the executive membership increased with appointment of
some new members to executive positions. Thereafter, the Club moved into
a rented flat at No. 19, Olowu Street, Ikeja.
MOVEMENT TO PERMANENT SITE
Late Akinola Ajose, then Assistant Secretary in the service of Lagos State
Government, informed members about a building used by the colonial District
Officers. The use of the building was abandoned because of the flooding of the
area. Members were advised to see the Late Aba Johnson, the then Secretary to
the State Government, who was also a close friend of Late Abiodun Akerele,
then the President of the Club. Following necessary contacts that were made,
the Club was advised to submit formal application to the then State Governor,
Brigadier Mobolaji Johnson, for consideration. The application was submitted
in June, 1971.
The late Akinnola Ajose monitored the application up to the approval stage
and delivered the keys of the building to the Club in September, 1971.
Thereafter, the Club faced the problem of flooding in the area. Members took
various actions to minimize the effect of the flooding on the use of the Club
premises – such actions included construction of temporary foot bridges and
tarring of the whole compound.
Chief Ayo Randle is a member of:
CHIEF AYODEJI IDOWU RANDLE
President Ikeja Club
One of the greatest, most successful and most popular family names synonymous with Lagos is the Randle family. And one of the distinguished descendants of the late Dr. John Randle, the new president of Ikeja Club is being celebrated is Chief Ayodeji Idowu Randle. Born over sixty-seven (67) yes ago in Lagos State, he started his education on the Lagos Island before proceeding to Victory High School, Ikeja for his WASC and later Anwar-ul Islam College, Agege for his higher School certificate. He graduated as a Chartered Insurer and Aviation Consultant. Chief Ayo Randle is a member of Chartered Institute of Nigeria and Nigerian Council of Registered Insurance Brokers.
Between 1978 – 1985, he rose to the position of Lagos Area Manager of Amfa Insurance Consultants. And since 1985 till now, he is the Chairman and CEO of:
What Our Client Saying?
Ikeja Club is a popular place on Awolowo Road, Ikeja. Situated very close to Awolowo House. It’s famous and available for all social events
Lovely environment, accommodating members.
The atmosphere is serene and conducive for a business meeting
A nice relaxation spot in the ever busy Ikeja area of Lagos
54 Years Of Recreational Excellence!
Since 1966 we have been a visionary and a reliable relaxtion and socializations place.