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Lateef Akinola Salako
  • 82 years old
  • Date of birth: Jul 5, 1935
  • Place of birth:
    Lagos, Nigeria
  • Date of passing: Dec 8, 2017
  • Place of passing:
    Lagos, Nigeria
May Almighty Allah accept his good deeds, overlook his shortcomings and grant him Aljannah Firdaus. Amin.

This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Prof. Lateef Salako, 82, born on July 5, 1935 and passed away on December 8, 2017. We will remember him forever.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Tolu Odugbemi on 17th January 2018

"Professor Lateef Akinola Salako, FRCP, FWACP, FAS, NNOM, DSc, CON .
It was really unusual not to receive the regular responses to my text messages from a great and respected uncle . I normally kept him updated on my various academic activities but I noticed that I did not receive replies to my text messages from about June 2017. I assumed it was network challenges because of my new life as a medicinal plants farmer in Okeigbo, Ondo State . “Baba / Uncle “as I fondly called him was ever ready to offer me effective advice/leadership : Here are some examples of his friendly but firm instructions:  “Tolu , get ready to deliver the next Academy of Science Lecture”. I recalled at another time that I went to visit him at his Magodo Residence some years ago . The main purpose was to request him to write a “Foreword” to one of my published books. Uncle gladly accepted the assignment from his mentee. Then ,the Prophet in him was demonstrated when introducing me to his amiable wife Rahmat, : “ Meet Tolu , the next VC of Unilag”. The rest is history.
Ęhin Baba ko ni baję o. Uncle was a humble, honest, sincere ,  and dependable teacher . He was my highly respected Mentor , an outstanding Researcher whom we all admired for his total devotion to duties, family , community and God. May his gentle soul Rest In Perfect Peace . May God console his entire family and numerous colleagues.
Tolu Odugbemi,
For and on behalf of ODUGBEMI FAMILY."

This tribute was added by Lanre Apampa on 20th December 2017

"Tribute to an Accomplished Medical Practitioner, Teacher and Family Man
Inna Lillahi Wa Inna Ilaehi Rojiun
We praise Him Most High,
For the life of accomplishment,
For the indelible and visible marks in the sands of time.
My condolences to Noimot (my classmate) and the entire family."

This tribute was added by Fagbayi Kanyinsola on 18th December 2017

"Tribute to a loving brother who has gone to rest - Mrs. Shukurat Olawale

Each time it crossed my mind that another great pillar and a genius in SALAKO family is gone, I ask why such a man with a heart as large as yours to accommodate all,shoulder for everyone to lean on, a Mentor, a Visionary Leader and also a Counselor should disappear from our mist all of a sudden. All that we are left with now is how brightly your light burnt and the warmth it gave us all.

You touched the life of all that you came across during your journey in this world. A very considerate, generous, never selfish, always loving and very kind-hearted man. These are the beautiful memories you left.
However I thank Almighty Allah for making me and my sisters part of the passengers that boarded the joyful journey in the train of life with you.

You will surely be missed, Goodnight our Dear Brother. May your kind and gentle soul continue to rest in perfect peace ( Amin). Adieu Prof."

This tribute was added by Bodija Estates Muslim community on 15th December 2017

"Inna Lillah wa ilahi rajiun
All members of the Bodija Estates and Environs Muslim community commiserate with you and the family."

This tribute was added by Bodija Estates Muslim community on 15th December 2017

"Salaam alaykum"

This tribute was added by Charles Balogun on 14th December 2017

"For the brief moment I got in contact with Baba,  as our Board Chairman,  I learned so much from his personality - very peaceful and easy-going . To me, he was one of the best Chairman NIPRD ever had. We will dearly miss your advisory role sir. Rest on Baba!"

This tribute was added by Akin-Tunde Odukogbe on 14th December 2017

"As a medical student in the early 80s, l found Professor Lateef Salako to be like all great teachers (not just of a subject but of life itself) hugely inspiring yet unassuming.
In later on interacting with his Omolara and Jide, medical doctor children, I was impressed by his fruitfulness.
Sleep on, conscientious teacher. May those you left behind garner the fortitude to remember your sweet memories. Always. From Akin-Tunde and Tinuola."

This tribute was added by Ibrahim Abdu-Aguye on 13th December 2017

"Inalillahi wa inahi rajiun. May Allah accept his soul in Al-Jannah Firdausi. Prof Salako was my hero throughout my stay as a medical student in Ibadan. I followed his footsteps and became a Clinical Pharmacologist. He shaped not only my academic pursuit but was immensely instrumental in my career in public service in Nigeria. He brought me into public glare in the profession when I became the third Chairman of the National Formulary and Essential Drugs Review Committee after him and another giant in the person of Prof. A F B Mabadeje. He directed my research efforts and encouraged me to pursue excellence in Clinical Pharmacology. He was an usually simple academic giant and occupied a unique niche in our hearts. Adieu, my role model and mentor. You are sure to see the good that you did as promised by Allah (Q99:8). My prayer is His forgiveness for your faults. Amin thuma amin!"

This tribute was added by Godwin Ntadom on 13th December 2017

"Baba Salako was indeed a great researcher on malaria from whom we learnt so much from.
He was a great support to Nigeria National Malaria Programme.
May his soul rest in peace."

This tribute was added by Libra Law on 13th December 2017

"He was an accomplished academic and a committed servant of Allah and the Islamic faith. May his soul be received in Aljanat. May his soul find the best favours of Allah and may Almighty Allah console the family left behind. Amen.

Hairat Ade-Balogun"

This tribute was added by Janet Makinde on 12th December 2017

"Wow! Prof. L. A. Salako is gone!

I was privileged to be among the first set of students to benefit fully from Prof. L. A. Salako's excellent academic upbringing supervising my PhD Pharmacology Thesis (1972-77).  TOUGH DRILLING but a very thorough and dedicated one!  I am always very proud that he brought me up.  I thank God he contributed to my academic achievements.

Prof. L. A. Salako (my Oga) is highly appreciated.  I will continue to remember him for the special care and academic knowledge he imparted on me.

I pray that the almighty God will comfort the family and all of us who, during his lifetime,  he welcomed with open arms.

- Prof. Janet Modupe Makinde"

This tribute was added by Yomi Adeyemi on 12th December 2017

"Just want to add that Prof went to the elite school in the heart of Lagos,Nigeria MBHS acronym for Methodist Boys High School I heard from one of his classmates Late Professor Olabintan (my Latin teacher at the school ) that he was straight A's through out and earned him the nickname "eja"(Yoruba translation for fish) I.e an idiomatic expression for students who excelled in every subject.He'll be missed but will reside in our memories.Sun re (Sleep well)"

This tribute was added by Catherine Falade on 12th December 2017

"I thank God that my path crossed Prof Lateef Salako's first as an undergraduate in the Faculty of Medicine, UI  in the early 1970s and then in a more special way when I started my academic career much latter. Prof Salako is one of the best mentors any person could ask for. Guiding gently but yet firmly, passing on knowledge very freely and providing opportunities for growth. Leading by the hand as young mentees are helped to navigate turbulent landscapes.

You have left you foot prints in the sands of time and lived a worthy life. I will for ever cherish the wise counsels and deep insights even up to your last few weeks when I had the privilege of spending time with you. You still passed on knowledge and communicated meaningfully despite the fact that you were really ill. Rest in perfect peace dear Prof, dear mentor and indeed a father figure.

As I commiserate with the family I also want to thank Mummy  and the children for their love, care and faithfulness over the years. God bless you all."

This tribute was added by Oyindamola Anjorin on 12th December 2017

"We lost a Super Icon

A Professor Emeritus Par Excellence

He stood out in his research and made tremendous contributions to the study and treatment of hypertension & malaria.

Besides these accomplishments, Prof was a caring husband, a brother, a friend and a consultant to the "Senior Girls" particularly on health matters.

He will be greatly missed.

May Allah grant him Aljanah Firdaus which he so much deserves.

Peace, Perfect Peace!

From Oyindamola Anjorin & Family"

This tribute was added by seth akintoye on 11th December 2017

"Prof. Lateef Salako was a great scholar and administrator. Our paths crossed at the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research(NIMR) Yaba, Lagos, when he was the director-general. As a medical/health reporter at The Guardian then, NIMR was one of the institutions I covered regularly. Prof. was soft-spoken, humane and always ready to attend to my inquiries. I will miss him."

This tribute was added by Bright Orji on 11th December 2017

"A great ICON has passed on! Nigeria, and indeed global community have lost a giant scholar, author, researcher and a scientist of international repute! May the good Lord strengthen his family, friends and our great country at this difficult time!!!!
Bright Orji"

This tribute was added by Eko babajide on 11th December 2017

""Inna Lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji'un
You were a wonderful and spiritual person we shall all miss you especially at the Thursday Dikri Group.

May Almighty Allah grant you Aljanat Fidous.

(Alhaji & Alhaja Muftau Babajide Eko.)"

This tribute was added by Adeniyi Kazeem Adeneye on 11th December 2017

"I pray to God Almighty to grant Prof. eternal rest in His bossom. God will strengthen the family and grant them the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss. Rest in peace dear Prof."

This tribute was added by Abiodun Akinshipo on 10th December 2017

"May Allah bless your soul and rest it in perfect peace. Ameen."

This tribute was added by Yomi Adeyemi on 10th December 2017

"May Prof's soul continue to RIP. One thing I'll never forget was the morning breakfasts at Kongi Estate, Bodija, Ibadan.Prof may or may not come to the breakfast table and the rest of us had to wait before we can eat.A true father, grandfather and a legend of the Salako 's. He's somewhere in the horizon that we may never see and professing as if on earth. Till we meet to part no more Prof. RIP"

This tribute was added by Shomoye Abiodun Monsuru on 10th December 2017

""Inna Lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji'un.
This is really sadden, though our daddy of his of age, but no one is ready to lose is loving once.......... our daddy Prof. lateef salako is a big tree in Nigeria society, which means Nigeria will forever miss this great hero and the entire family will forever have you in our mind, because your space can't not be replace by anyone.
  And may almighty Allah grant you Aljanah fridaus sir"

This tribute was added by Tunji Adesokan on 10th December 2017

"From Allah we come and to him we shall return.   had a brief contact with Prof Salako and all i could see was simplicity .His amiable wife Alhaja Rahmat Adebisi Salako is a rare gem with  golden heart,  she was supportive  and stood with his husband till he breadth last. May Almighty Allah accept baba good deeds, forgive his shortcomings and grant him aljana firdaus. Eyin ti won fi sile koni baje.  Prof Salako,  sun re o"

This tribute was added by Oye Taiwo on 9th December 2017

"THIS EULOGY IS FROM THE ENTIRE AWORILAND"
                      (THE CLAN OF THE DECEASED)

                        The Eclipse Of The Luminous Star
Yes, Lateef Akinola was old enough to die but alas, with the eclipse of the luminous star, a golden heart has broken not a few hearts. What a life; what a man. Professor Lateef Akinola SALAKO has translated.

He was born like any other child but Lateef, as a man who kept his stars shining from cradle, left no one, as to whom he was – intelligent, unassuming, persuasive and not only an intellectual giant but scholarly in all that he did. Even though, a National Merit Awardee, an eminent international scholar of note from the clan of the Aworis, he was nonetheless humility personified; a colossus in and off academics highway.  

But for, ‘it is for man to die’ otherwise Lateef had conquered death before it struck, through his service to improve humanity nationally and internationally yet, he never hesitated to contribute appropriately to his community.

No doubt, George Santayana’s insight gave us an opportunity to appreciate Lateef the more, when he intoned "There is no cure for birth and death, save to enjoy the interval." Yes, as a people, Aworiland is proud of that interval which is the essence of this eulogy. Thankfully, from our observation and understanding of whom he was and what he stood for, we are sure that humanity is pleased with his contribution whilst that interval lasted.  

Though we are grieving but consoled with the thoughtful line from Pat Rodegast  “If death could be seen as a beautiful clear lake, refreshing and buoyant, then when a consciousness moves towards its exit from a body there would be that delightful plunge and it would simply swim away”. We know that your flight is delightful.

We condole with the entire SALAKO family, particularly, your immediate family (amiable wife –Alhaja Rahmat Adebisi Salako and children) and pray God to give the fortitude to bear the loss and we thank everyone, for your support during this trying period. May his death from ours, be many years, far apart. Amen.

For and on behalf of the entire Aworiland, adieu, our dear son-Professor Lateef Akinola SALAKO

Oye Taiwo
President, Awori Natives Coalition (ANC)
For and on behalf of Aworiland."

This tribute was added by Taiwo Ali on 9th December 2017

"May Allah grant you Aljanah Firdaus Ameen. You were genius,  a teacher who made learning interesting. A respected and loving father. We need more people like you. Your humility is exemplary. You will surely be missed."

This tribute was added by Oluwasanmi Salako on 9th December 2017

"Deeply saddened by the news of Grandpa's passing. I've always been in awe of this great man even as a kid and may Almighty God grant him eternal rest."

This tribute was added by Abdulrazaq Kilani on 9th December 2017

"Inna lilahi Wa inna ilayhi rajiuna(Q2: 156). From Allah we come and to Him is our return. I pray to Allah to forgive our father, overlook his shortcomings and admit him to jannat al Firdaws( the best place in Paradise)."

This tribute was added by Oladapo Olayemi on 9th December 2017

"I had very little contact with him but I heard great things about him and a few of those words have motivated me. One thing I heard about him is his ability to handle task promptly. His table is almost always free of work. Not because of idleness but due to exceptional efficiency. He was an excellent scholar and I have heard him give talks once or twice and was amazed at the ease with which he made complex issues look simple. May he be granted eternal rest."

This tribute was added by Kafayat Amao on 8th December 2017

"A gentle soul created by Allah just passed. Gentle is the word. May He rest eternally. May Allah comfort you all Ameen."

This tribute was added by Akinyinka Omigbodun on 8th December 2017

"Professor Lateef Salako was an exceptional student, graduating with distinction from medical school; an unforgettable teacher, speaking as a beneficiary of his tutelage; an exemplary scholar, mentoring many others; an accomplished scientist, making indelible contributions to knowledge. May his legacy endure."

This tribute was added by Okechukwu Ogah on 8th December 2017

"May your gentle soul rest in perfect peace. You came, you saw and you conquered."

This tribute was added by Prince Adeniyi Olaige-Fadina on 8th December 2017

"A great icon has departed this sinful world,my prayer is that God will be with you wherever you are and continue to guide the family you left behind.
Rest in Peace Sir"

This tribute was added by Zainab Imam on 8th December 2017

"Inna lillahi wa inna ilaehi raajiuun
May Almighty Allah in His infinite mercy grant Professor Lateef Salako eternal peace in Aljannah Firdaus. Ameen."

This tribute was added by Tunde Somoye on 8th December 2017

"Dad, I love you and will miss you for an infinite number of reasons. I feel so blessed to have you as father and I’m thankful for the wonderful life you have given me. Forever and ever, I would like to celebrate and miss you: a magnificent man, a loyal, loving husband, a devoted father, and a true friend. Please know that my list of gratitude is endless and continues to grow with each passing day. May Almighty Allah accepts all your good deeds as act of Ibadah and forgive your shortcomings. Wishing you Aljanat Fridaus sir.  Ameen"

This tribute was added by Abibat Lanre-Oriekun on 8th December 2017

"A Global Icon. A scholar. A man who loved God. Loved all that came across him. I did and always a pleasure and joy gisting with you. Rest on Dad. Aljanau Fidau grant onto him oh Allah."

This tribute was added by bola Awoyomi on 8th December 2017

"Prof.as I have always called him was Rotimi's gentle dad.Very quite (my opinion)but knows what he needs to know about you.I remember how he lovingly came to our hostel in Moremi (Unilag)to give Rotimi her monthly allowance.He stands by the door and calls ...Rotimiii.It was a pleasure making your acquaintance Prof.A dad in a million.May your soul rest in peace."

This tribute was added by Taofiquat Soyemi on 8th December 2017

"Professor Lateef Akinola Salako an icon in Salako family has paased on. I pray the Almighty God will give us all, especially the generation he mentored, the fortitude and courage to carry on in his wake and bear the touch he lit in our family graciously. Rest in peace! Adieu Prof!"

This tribute was added by Taofiquat Soyemi on 8th December 2017

"I am at a loss for words. I have lost my father once again. The father who mentored me and gave my life a meaning. The one who always inspire confidence in me at any point in time. My daddy, I will miss you so much. I had hoped I'd see you once again for our usual inspirational and soul to soul talks when we laugh heartily together but this was not the will of God. Thank you daddy,  I appreciate your contributions in making me who I am today. May the Lord rest your gentle soul. I miss you,  but weeping cannot bring you back. Sleep on and sleep well. Your daughter, Iyabode Soyemi."

This tribute was added by Hussein Salako on 8th December 2017

"A truly great man has passed on. Reading about his achievements and life and times really made me proud of being a part of this great family. He lived an impactful life, the world has indeed lost a rare gem.

May the noble soul of our great Father rest in perfect peace."

This tribute was added by abimbola adedun on 8th December 2017

"Rest In Peace Sir."

This tribute was added by Olakunle Salako on 8th December 2017

"Professor Lateef Salako, our worthy patriarch, a global icon, erudite scholar, known for excellence and integrity. You will be forever remembered and sadly missed. You were our father figure and a unifying force in our great family. You lived a wonderful and successful LIFE. Rest in peace knowing that your legacies are indelible.omo arogunmola, a bani gbele tu ni lara.Sun re o"

This tribute was added by Adewale Aromire on 8th December 2017

"May the erudite soul of our departed father, Professor L A Salako, rest in peace. May The  Almighty Allah forgive his earthly sins and grant his noble soul Aljanat Fridaus. Ameen."

This tribute was added by Sola Tayo on 8th December 2017

"Rest in peace beloved Prof.  We will never forget you.
Love to Aunty and the Salako family."

This tribute was added by Adeola Adetunji on 8th December 2017

"Inna Lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji'un.
The whole world has lost a rare gem. He lived a very wonderful life. Words cannot express my gratitude to Almighty Allah for giving us all, the opportunity to know him directly or indirectly. May Almighty Allah grant you eternal peaceful rest.
Rest in Perfect Peace Dad."


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