It is with heavy feelings of great loss that we announce the passing on of the Chairman of UPF-Nigeria's Board of Trustees, Chief Segun Olusola, on June 21, 2012 in Lagos.
Ambassador Chief Segun Olusola was also the first Nigerian member of UPF's Global Peace Council. He was the first Nigerian to receive the Crown of Peace award in Korea, 2004.
He is the founder of the African Refugees Foundation. Chief Segun Olusola has remained the longest serving Ambassador of Nigeria (to Ethiopia) and was a recipient of the Nigerian Government National Honor of the Order of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (OFR).
To read about Chief Segun Olusola's vision for the African Refugees Foundation, click here. For a collection of tributes to the veteran broadcaster, cultural patriarch, and humanitarian, click here.
Letter from Dr. Thomas G. Walsh
Dear Ambassadors for Peace, Officers and Members of UPF Nigeria,
On behalf of the Presiding Council of the Universal Peace Federation, I would like to extend deepest condolences to the family, friends, and loved ones of Chief Segun Olusola.
I have the deepest admiration and respect for Ambassador Olusola, who served honorably as an Ambassador for Peace, Trustee, and member of the Global Peace Council of the Universal Peace Federation. His years of service to the Universal Peace Federation during its formative years and his support for the mission and work of UPF’s Founders, Rev. Dr. and Mrs. Sun Myung Moon will never be forgotten.
Known as a true man of peace, Ambassador Olusola was a respected figure throughout his long and accomplished broadcasting career. As a diplomat he served his country well and as Chairman of the African Refugees Foundation he showed his love for all of Africa. In a world full of conflict and strife, it is rare to find such a pillar of light and wisdom.
I am confident that the spirit of Chief Segun Olusola lives on and that his achievements will continue to prosper through his family and the many people whose lives were moved and touched by his life of service.
Dr. Thomas G. Walsh,
President, UPF International