Pa Thomas Alamu Kehinde was born on 28th December, 1928, at Ojeniyi compound, Abepe, Ogbomoso, Oyo State. His father was Pa. Samuel Adedokun Ishola Ojeniyi from Jagun compound, Gudugbu, Isokun-Oyo while his mother was Madam Mary Aasa Ojeniyi from Shina’s compound, near Osupa Baptist Day School, Ogbomoso, Oyo.
Pa Thomas Alamu started his Primary School Education at Osupa Baptist Day School, Ogbomoso, in 1937.
In 1948, he wrote and passed his final standard six examination and he proceeded to Baptist Boy’s High School (now called Olivet Baptist High School), Oyo, in 1949.
He completed his High School education 1954.
He was a teacher at Baptist Day School, Ilorin and United school Ilorin and he was the game master in these two schools.
In 1959, he joined Baptist Health Service, Ogbomoso. After his training in 1961, he was posted to Oyo to serve both Oyo and Iseyin Baptist Associations. He was in charge of Baptist leprosy settlement at Oyo and outpatient clinic at Iseyin and Ilora. He organized children and antinatal clinics in the Baptist Churches of the two Associations. He started the immunization program (polio, tetanus, tuberculosis, chicken pox, small pox and anaemia) of children and pregnant women in the churches. Government eventually took over the program.
Personal Life of Pa T.A.K:
In 1960, he got married to Miss Grace Adedunmola Adeniyi of Agbalowo-Asa compound, Agboye, Oyo and their marriage was blessed with children. He later married other wives and he was blessed with many offspring in children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Other Activities of Pa TAK
Sports: he was a footballer for both his primary and secondary school’s football team. While on the field of play, he was nicknamed “Alamu Engine” or “Alamu Opel” because of the lightning speed with which he paces away from his opponents. He was also a very quick runner and represented his schools at various splinting competition
Politics: he was the ward chairman of Oyo West Local Government for many years. He was Chairman of NRC party, ward 8 between 1990 to 1993. He became Chairman of ONC party, Ward 8 between 1996 to 1998.
- Foundation member Tepamose Society, Oyo Financial secretary for 35 years
- Member of Ola Sociry oyo, social secretary for many years, curators for many years and assistant secretary for many years
- Member of Ajenifuja Society Ogbomoso, Chairman for some years, Member till death
- State Chairrman for Oyo State plus Osun then of Patent Medicine Dealers Association 1979 to 1986, “OYO NAPMED”
- Life Patron for Oyo NApmed
- Life Chairman Irepodunb Society Ilora
- Treasurer Baptist Primary School Isokun Oyo
- Cairman PTA Ojongbodun Grammar School Oyo
- Chairman Ifesowapo Christian Brother Society members Oyo, Awe, Fiditi and Ilora
- Life Patron Ifelodun Society Isokun Oyo
- Member of Old Boys Association, Olivet Height School.
- Chairman of PTA, Oyo West Local Government
He was a good politician, Ward Chairman for many years in Oyo west Local government.
He was always in party in government, chairman NRC party ward 8, 1990-1993,
Chairman ONC party ward 8, 1996-1998.
His motto to life was “O lord my God make me a blessing to others all the days of my life”.
He was a devout Christian and an active worker in his Church. During his youth, he attended Ijeru Baptist Church, Ogbomoso, and was a member of the choir during his time there. He later joined First Baptist Church, Isokun, Oyo in 1949 where he became a Royal Ambassador and later served as the Church Secretary.
In 1955, while at Ilorin, he began to attend First Baptist Church Ilorin and there, he was baptized by Reverend J.O. Olla.
In 1961, he returned to Oyo and continued to worship at First Baptist Church, Isokun, till he passed on.
He loved to sing the following Baptist Hymns:
A’dua didun, A’dua didun
Jerusalem torun, ilu mi odi mi
Eyin Ero Nibo Le’nlo teyin topa lowo yin
Ojo nla lojo no
Pa T.A.K. died peacefully at his residence in Oyo town, Oyo State on Monday, 12th September 2011. And was buried on Friday, 9th December, 2011.
MISTIRAL; be remembered.