Prolific writer and politician, Lateef Oludare Raji gave up the ghost about 4am today after over five years of battle with sickness.
He was the owner of Blackface Radio, an internet -driven commercial media establishment. His remains will be committed to earth in his native home, Idoani, Ondo State later today.
According to profile website, www.topis.revolvy.com, Raji, who was born 12 October 1962 was the former special adviser on Information and Strategy to former Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Raji Fashola. Until his death, he was a member of the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission committee (LASIEC).
Childhood and Education
Lateef Raji was born in Ondo state. He started his educational journey at Irekari Grammar School, Idoani, between 1974 and 1978. He also attended New Church High School, Owo, Ondo State in 1978 and obtained his Ordinary Level School Certificate in 1980. Thereafter, he proceeded to University of Lagos to study history. He earned a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in 1997 and also earned a Masters Degree in History in 2000.
Career And Politics
Lateef Raji started his career as an Editor with Ahrada West African Publishing Ltd between 1996 and year 2000 and was later elevated to the post of the Editor-in-Chief of the company in which capacity he worked between year 2000 and 2003. He also served as Nigeria’s representative at the World Education Resources Centre, United Kingdom between 2003 and 2007. He later became the Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer of Thrazel Nigerian Ltd.He is currently a doctoral student at the University of Lagos, Yaba, Lagos.
Raji ventured into politics in 1999, he became the Alliance for Democracy lagos state secretary. He later became the chairman of a faction of the party when the party became factionalised. He is also credited for designing the All Progressives Congress logo as his hand is the one holding the broom in the symbol of the party right from when it was Action Congress of Nigeria till it metamorphosed into APC now.
He contested for the House of Representatives Osodi/Isolo federal Constituency in 2011 under the platform of APC but didn’t get the party ticket. He was later sworn in as Special Adviser on Information and Strategy to former Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Raji Fashola between 2011-2015.
In 2015 general election he also vied to represent his constituency for House of Representatives Osodi/Isolo but lost the party ticket to Hon. Timothy Olumuyiwa Olubintan and later became a governorship aspirant for APC in ondo state in 2016.
On June 29, 2016 he was appointed as a member Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission committee (LASIEC) by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode.
Hon. Lateef Raji is a Muslim, married to Ahlaja Raji and blessed with four children.