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Meet Tolu Fatoyinbo, the Legendary Sport Anchor who was a Former Employee at Radio Nigeria

On October 2, 1946, Tolu Fatoyinbo was born into the family of late Paul Oluyemi Fatoyinbo and Agnes Adeola Fatoyinbo. (Olukotun, Nee)

He began his professional career on October 5, 1970, when he joined the Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC), which is now known as the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN). His passion for the profession drove him to work in practically every department of the organization, including News, Marketing, Training, and Manpower Development, and Corporate Affairs, despite beginning his career as a studio manager in the Programs Area.

He was also noted for his sports broadcasting, having traveled to every continent to cover major athletic events for Nigeria. He left the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) as Director of National Programmes on October 5, 2005, following 35 years of meritorious service.

With three sisters and a brother, Fatoyibo was the oldest of five children. Despite the fact that his father was born in Ipetu-Ijesa, Oriade Local Government Area, Osun State, he chose to reside in Abeokuta, Ogun State, leading many to believe he was an Egba man.

For many years, Mr. Fatoyinbo, together with Sabastine Ofurum, Ernest Okonkwo, Emeka Odikpo, Fabio Lanipekun, Walter Oyatogun, and later, the late Yinka Craig, ruled the airwaves with their live sports commentary and other shows.

Prince Fatoyinbo won several awards and received acclamation for exemplary professionalism in a lifetime of achievements. Baptist Boys High School, Abeokuta's most efficient perfect in 1967; the Oyo State government's Certificate of Merit as Broadcaster of the Year in 1987; the National Sports Merit Award for Radio Broadcasting in 2003; and Olympic Games diplomas from Russia (1980), South Korea (1988), Spain (1996), and the United States of America (1996).

He received an FRCN award for exemplary leadership and professional qualities while covering notable national and international events such as the second All Africa Games (1973), FESTAC 77, Africa Cup of Nations, Nigeria, 1980; Africa Youth Championship, 1999; World Youth Soccer Championship, Nigeria, 1999; and All-National Sports Festival, among others, between 1973 and 2000.

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