Gbenga Daniel’s eldest son recounts how they were brought up…and plans to marry Jamaican lover


Even though Adebola Irede Daniel, one of the children of Ogun State’s former governor, Otunba Gbenga Daniel became Paraplegic at age 5, he didn’t let it slow him down. In 2017, Debola bagged a Master’s degree with distinction in Mechanical Engineering from the University College, London (UCL).

Debola chose a most tedious course of study and bagged a BSc degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Surrey and went on to UCL for his Masters. Adebola is one of the most efficient automotive drivers. One of his posts sometime in 2017 reads:

“I was born into a very comfortable home, with both amazing parents and without a disability. However, when I turned 5, I was diagnosed with Paraplegia – a rare condition with no medical clarity. I became confined to a wheelchair. Growing up in Nigeria, I unconsciously associated disability to poverty and crime, to amputated beggars on the streets mostly as a result of Sharia Law subscribed to in the North. That was the general opinion of most Nigerians in my social circle as a child. Having myself become physically challenged, I was exposed to the stigma and assumptions that came with being ‘disabled’ all of a sudden, I was looked at with pity, with judgment and sometimes with resentment by my fellow countrymen.

As I became an adult, I began to realise that the onus was on me to make something of myself and create my life and future the way I envisioned it. My future is, and would always be in my own hands”.
What a beautiful post from Debola. He told us that preparations were in top gear to officially engage his Jamaican lover, Natasa Morrison.

Debola recently spoke with City People’s Assistant Editor, SUNDAY ADIGUN, on his life, his father and how he is set to engage his lover next year.

Tell me about your life as OGD’s son?
It’s a normal life, there is nothing special about it, we go to school and finished like everyone else, Daddy has always raised us in a way to make sure that we don’t think of ourselves being better than anyone else. We are the same as everyone else, we are first and foremost an individual before any tags, so it’s a normal life, and thanks to our parents.

Tell me about your girlfriend?
My fiancee is amazing, she is wonderful, she would be surprised soon. She doesn’t know it coming, but it’s coming soon, hopefully, about this time next year, we would be celebrating it big.

What can you say about Otunba Gbenga Daniel’s political aspiration?
I always say to him to do what he thinks is right, Daddy never gets involved in anything unless he believes in it, and once he believes in it I also believe in him, it’s as simple as that. If he wants to push further, we are behind him. If he thinks he is tired, we are behind him. Whatever it is we will always support him.

When your dad was in power, where were you and what role did you play?
At the time when he was in power, I was in secondary school and not in Nigeria, so I experienced it from a distance, having that kind of position in power is very inspiring when you have a parent who can network and talk to the powers that are ruling the country, it opens a lot of doors for one to be sincere, it was a humble experience.

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