Olunike Asaolu: Exit of an Amazon

By Funmi Falobi

She was not just a woman but a woman of impact. She was a light that shone to touch every one around her; and her smile always conspicuous.

Dr. Olunike Asaolu was a woman with purpose. Though her impact was short, it was such that positively affected every one around her.
No wonder, the testimonies about her revealed a life well spent in fulfilment and character worthy of emulation.

A dexterous lecturer, she was diligent in her tasks and ready to give helping hands to people around her. A good team player, a woman of integrity and valour. A role model per excellence, she believed in possibility irrespective of challenges.
“…Despite all odds and storms, you struggled from nobody to somebody. Everyone who came across your way testifies to your integrity, honesty, probity, accountability, doggedness, resilience, humility, meekness, submissiveness, modesty and love for humany,” the husband, Barrister Sunday Asaolu succinctly described her.

While many were still looking up to her for inspiration, the cold hand of death suddenly took Olunike away on Good Friday, April 15, 2022. This, causing a great vacuum in the hearts of family members, friends and associates.

People from all walks of life gathered to eulogise the life and time of the Dr. Olunike, an erudite scholar in the field of communication studies.

In his sermon at the funeral rites on Friday, April 29, 2022, Pastor Adekoya Olusegun reading from the Book of Ecclesiastes 3:1-6, 11-12 said just like Dorcas in the Bible, Dr. Olunike Asaolu was a good woman. Saying: “you don’t need to cry for this woman. She has made her impact in life. You are the one that need to know where you are going.

“The message this morning is: What will you leave behind? What would people remember you for? Repent your ways. It is the good work you do that will follow you. How will your relationship be with the Lord when you finally go?

While encouraging the people to live a righteous life, he said any life without Christ is in crisis.

Earlier at the service of songs at the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG Strong Tower Parish, Akoka, Yaba, tributes poured in from her husband, family members, friends, institutions and associations.

Born on 17th April, 1976, Dr. Olunike Asaolu nee Adio-King, attended Ire-Akari Grammar School, Okota-Isolo from 1987-1992. She attended Federal Polytechnic, Offa, Kwara State between 1994 and 1997 where she obtained National Diploma (ND )in Business Administration with Upper Credit. She gained admission into the prestigious Department of Mass Communication, University of Lagos where she bagged her first degree with (Honours) and second degree in 2004 and 2009 respectively. She had her doctorate degree from Lagos State University (LASU).

Her journalism career began during her National Youth Service Corp in Lagos where she served with the Guardian Newspapers from 2005-2006. Thereafter, she joined The Punch Nigeria Limited in 2009 where she covered the education sector. Her investigative skills made positive impact in the sector and the Nigerian society in general.

She ventured into academics in 2012 when she joined Yaba College of Technology (YABATECH) Lagos, first as a Part-Time Lecturer and was employed into full service in September 2014. As a lecturer, Nike served in various capacities as Class Adviser of Full and Part-Time classes, Project Supervisor, School Examination Committee Member (SEC), School Departmental Secretary, Counsellor, and a wonderful team player. She was also the author of the book, “Pragmatic Approach to Feature Writing: An Indispensable Tool for Journalists.”

She was a member of professional bodies which include the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), African Council of Communication Education (ACCE), and the Association of Communication Scholars and Professional of Nigeria (ACSPN).

In 2004, she married her husband, Barrister Sunday Asaolu and the union is blessed with three lovely children. Though family, friends and associates would sorely miss her, the consolation that her exit from this phase of life, after a brief illness, is to a greater glory of life eternal with her Creator.

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