Nigeria’s Federal In-land Revenue (FIRS) boss, Tunde Fowler buries 92 years old Dad in Lagos | …How Prof. Wensley Vidal Mobolaji Fowler became Nigeria’s 1st anaesthesia Doctor @ 29 + Faces @ the Friday December 11 funeral

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Pa Fowler being escorted to his final resting place with the presence of several traditional staffs of office

On Friday, December 11, the city of Lagos was filled with the presence of top dignitaries including government functionaries, politicians, business men, diplomats, academics and members of the clergy as Babatunde Fowler, the Chairman of the Nigeria Federal Inland Revenue (FIRS) gave his late father a befitting   funeral rite. Pa (Prof.) Wensley Vidal Mobolaji Fowler, father of the Nigeria’s number 1 Internal Revenue Generation boss died on Saturday November 21 and was buried 20 days later on December 11. The funeral took place at All Saints Anglican Church, Montgomery Road, Yaba- Lagos—South West Nigeria. Your Africa’s number 1 Celebrity Encounter Blog, Asabeafrika gets you faces from the event with the impeccable resume of the late great man. Enjoy!
Tunde Fowler in a tete-tete with his mum
Untold Story of Pa Fowler

The young Wensley Vidal Mobolaji Fowler was born on the 4th of June, 1923 to Mr. W.H. and Mrs. I.A. Fowler, both of blessed memory. He received his early education in Nigeria and Sierra Leone. In 1934 he was admitted into Igbobi College, Yaba, Lagos where he was the youngest student under the late Reverend J.A. Agnus, who was the Principal at the time. Some of his classmates at the well known school included Dr. A.A. Lakeru, Dr. Farinde, late Dr. Akintonde and late Justice J.A. Adefarasin amongst others.
Professor Fowler excelled in the senior Cambridge Examination in 1940 and thereafter worked for the Nigerian Railway Corporation for a brief period. In 1943, he proceeded to Sherry’s College in Glasgow to study for the Entrance Examination into Universities in Scotland. In 1945 he gained admission into the University of Glasgow where he later graduated with the Medical Degree of M.B. Ch. B.
In 1952 he started his practice of anesthesia whilst he was attached to late Mr. S.O.  Awoliyi, a senior surgical specialist at the General Hospital, Broad Street-Lagos.
Overwiew of Guests @ the Church Service for Pa Fowler
Behold, Nigeria’s First Travel & Living Professor
 From 1953 to 1958 Professor Fowler was involved in various aspect of medical practice, including field work. His active involvement in field work covered eradicating yaws under the World Health Organization (WHO) program for Africa. This necessitated his travel to remote and barely accessible areas of the country in the discharge of his duties. Apart from rural work, travel and living Professor Fowler was also responsible for providing health care services in provincial hospitals, where he performed surgical, obstetric and gynecological procedures.
In the ensuing years of 1958 and 1959, Professor Fowler pursued the practice of anesthesia as a specialization at Adeoyo Hospital in Ibadan. He was granted a scholarship to the Royal College of Surgeons, London by the former Western Region Government. He obtained his DA (RCP & S) in 1962. During his course of postgraduate studies in the United Kingdom, he was attached to Paddington General Hospital and St. James Hospital, Westminster as a clinical assistant. He subsequently attended the Hammersmith Postgraduate Medical School. After the successful completion of his postgraduate studies, he returned home and was attached to Adeoyo Hospital, Ibadan as the only Nigerian specialist in anesthesia in the Western Region and thereafter worked at the University College Hospital, also in Ibadan.
Wife of Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Mrs. Dolapo Osinbajo
In 1966, Professor Fowler was seconded to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital where the department of anaesthesia pioneered the establishment of the one year diploma course in anaesthesia. This was a creative and innovative strategy, which immensely benefitted medical capacity building effort in Lagos State, and was a ground breaker in most of Sub-Saharan Africa. The program is now firmly established in Nigeria. Professor Fowler was also instrumental in drawing up the syllabus, rules and regulations for the Fellowship Diploma in anaesthesia when the Post Graduate Course was established in 1970 at the Nigerian Postgraduate Medical College. He was also involved in establishing the West African College of Surgeon Diploma Programme in anaesthesia.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo & Wife Dolapo with APC National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu & Wife Senator Remi Tinubu
Positions he held as Professor of Anaesthesia 
Professor Wensley Vidal Mobolaji Fowler at one time held the following positions:
¨     Chairman Admission Committee, West African College of Surgeon (1968-1976)
¨     Academic Adviser-College of Medicine, University of Lagos.
¨     Chairman-Incidence Committee, Lagos University Teaching Hospital
Pa Fowler was equally a member of several committees, including:
¨     Working Committee-Faculty of Anaesthesia
¨     West Africa College of Surgeons
¨     Committee on National Formulary
¨     Membership Committee of the World Federation of Societies of Anaestheologists.
¨     Special Committee on Review of Problems of University Admission
¨     Expert Panel of Anaesthetist, West African Health Secretariat.
¨     First Chairman and Chief Examiner in Anaesthesia, National Postgraduate Medical College.
¨     First Treasurer, Nigerian Postgraduate Medical College.
¨     First Nigerian President, Society of Anaesthetics of West Africa
As an erudite scholar, late Pa Fowler has published and given lectures on the followings;
¨     Fluid Therapy in the Post Operative Period
¨     Anaesthesia for War Casualties
¨     The Development of the Practice of Anaesthesia in Nigeria.
¨     The Anaesthetist’s Dilema in a Developing Country.
¨     Propanidid—A short Acting Intravenous Anaesthetic Agent for Out-Anaesthesias in Intestinal Obstruction.
¨     Anaesthesias in Intestinal Obstruction.
¨     Intravenous Regional Anaesthesia.
¨     Anaesthetic Management for the Surgical Treatment of Patients with Tumors.
¨      Althesin Anaesthesia—Clinical Trial.
¨     Neorolept Anagesia—Clinical Trial,
¨     The Use of Better-Receptor Blockers in the Management of a 14 Nigerian Girl with Thryrotosicois.
Veteran Photo Journalist Sunmi Smart Cole (R) with a guest
His Other Achievements:
Professor Wensley Vidal Mobolaji Fowler retired voluntarily from the Lagos University Teaching Hospital in 1978, but continued to practice Anaesthesia in various private institutions in the country. During his tenure at LUTH and even after his retirement he was the anaesthetist Consultant to former Nigerian Heads of State. Professor Fowler was married to Chief (Dr.) Mrs. Leila Fowler (Nee Moore) and the couple was blessed with four lovely children among which is their famous son, Babatunde Fowler who is the head of the Nigerian Inland Revenue Agency (FIRS) and many grand children.
Professor Wensley Vidal Mobolaji Fowler (MBCHB, DAF, FARCS, FWACS, FMCA) was born on 4th June 1923 and passed away on Saturday 21st of November, 2015.
  
Very Important Personalities @ Pa Fowler's funeral

Tunder Fowler, Mum & Siblings

Tunde Fowler with Mum and a King's traditional staff of Office



Tunde Fowler arriving for the event

Tunde Fowler & Mum welcomes an Important Personality to the event

The Hearse that brought Pa Fowler's body

Some Very Important Guests at the Church Event

Senator Oluremi Tinubu

Senator Oluremi Tinubu & Daughter with a guest

Representatives of Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu and Lagos White Cap Chief stood for Pa Fowler

Representative of Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, Otunba Bimbo Ashiru greeting the Chief Mourner, Mr. Tunde Fowler

Professor Yemi Osinbajo & Wife Mrs. Dolapo Osinbajo

Professor Philips

Professor Elebute

Professor Ade Elebute & Others @ Church

Professor Ade Elebute & Guests

Pools & Lotto Magnate Adebutu Kessington

One of the beautiful Fowler's daughters

More Guests for late Pa Fowler

Lovely Grand Daughters of the Late Pa Fowler

General Ike Nwachukwu

Former Lagos State Commissioner for Special Duties, Chief (Mrs.) Teju Philips (R) with a female guest

Dr. Wale Babalakin with Dr. (Mrs.) Teju Philips

Chief Mourner, Babatunde Fowler

Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Mrs. Dolapo Osinbajo with husband, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo

Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu with Senator Oluremi Tinubu

Another Couple at the event

An Elderly Couple at the Event

An Elder Professor @ the event

A VIP Guest @ the event

A seahead of Male & Female Guests @ Pa Fowler's Funeral

A Lagos based Couple @ Pa Fowler's funeral

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