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Tunji Funsho@75… Symphony for a repository of knowledge and resources

‘Mankind is saying our prayers in assorted tongues for our quintessential Rotary Icon Dr Tunji Funsho on his landmark 75th birthday. We cannot begin to count the days, or the accomplished years of his contribution to humanity, as a medical doctor, and a Rotary leader – especially his leadership in the battle to eradicate Polio from our world. Yet, he hardly wants to be celebrated’

 

WHEN you crack the proverbial coconut, or is it palm kennel, in my village, the essential elements of nature dance in unison. It is the glorious dawn when the crickets harmonize their melody in concert with the muezzin maiden call for prayers. It is early yet in the day, and the hen and dog are yet to brush their teeth, as they are yet to get their favorite brand of toothpaste.

The dews are settling on the hibiscus which is just rising from slumber, having notched the owl to shut its nightly supermarket. We cannot clearly decipher the croaky announcement on the airport PA system, for it is far removed from the hardy rumble of molue and danfo buses, engaged in contest for passengers with bigger frenzy than Wall Street tussle.

Today, the big masquerade is coming out to commingle with ardent spirits on earth. The masquerade is being heralded in a cacophony of surreal song and dance, befitting of Odun Egun.

Mankind is saying our prayers in assorted tongues for our quintessential Rotary Icon Dr Tunji Funsho on his landmark 75th birthday. We cannot begin to count the days, or the accomplished years of his contribution to humanity, as a medical doctor, and a Rotary leader — especially his leadership in the battle to eradicate Polio from our world. Yet, he hardly wants to be celebrated.

He is very stoic in flavour, but passionately focused on humanitarian projects. Notwithstanding, Nature and Newsweek Magazine are conniving to draw him out of his cocoon in most deserved canonization.

Dr Tunji Abdulrahaman Funso, today the music we sing for you is a symphony of jubilation, the strain that makes the mountains sway in rhythm with concerto with rivers, that splash multicolour on roses laughing and gamboling radiantly to copulate with early sunrise. Prayers are being recited in places you do not know for you in appreciation of what you are still doing to galvanise humanity towards a better place.

Your life as a repository of knowledge and resources will always inspire people to noble values. On this special day, we can only wish you an expressive, but blessed birthday celebration. Many happy returns of today in sound health and greater accomplishments. You are entitled to a fulfilled and peaceful repose, as ordained by our maker.

*Chief Aderinokun, Rotarian leader, businessman, writer, and art patron, is former Chairman Association of Nigerian Authors, ANA (Lagos chapter), and chair of the Board of Trustees of the Committee for Relevant Art, CORA.

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“Eradication of Polio in Nigeria” — Interview with Dr Abdulrahman Tunji Funsho

IN 2014 Nigeria was confirmed by the World Health Organisation, to have achieved “a break in the transmission of polio virus”, the causative agent of the paralytic condition referred to as poliomyelitis. Alongside the “Nigerian Federal Ministry of Health”, “Rotary International” was at the forefront of making this milestone become reality. I sat with the Chairman, “Nigeria National Polioplus Committee of Rotary International”, Dr Tunji Funsho, to discuss the way forward on total eradication of Polio from Nigeria. In the absence of any new case, the all-important milestone of total eradication will be achieved by 2017. What is the role of “Rotary International” in this pursuit and what have the real challenges been?

DRKevwe TV

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rzx8hVurY-4

 

 

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