This Black History Month we are celebrating the stories, contributions and achievements of Black people within the UCO community. Today we remember Mr Bankole, who became the UCO's first Black graduate in 1964.
Mr Bankole was born in Lagos Nigeria attending Abeokuta grammar school. In 1959 he arrived in the UK to study at The British School of Osteopathy (now known as the University College of Osteopathy), graduating in 1964. Mr Bankole started his early osteopathic career in London at a practice in Seymour Place W1. He returned to Nigeria in 1980 and set up several osteopathic practices in Lagos (Queens Street, Yaba and Brown Street, Oshodi). Mr Bankole practised well into his eighties and died last year at the age of 90. He is remembered fondly by his children, grandchildren and several of our retired alumni.
Thanks and Credit to Jimi Bankole.
As part of this year's Black History Month celebrations we are inviting members of our Black community to share who they are Proud To Be. If you'd like to share your Proud To Be message with us email BCG@uco.ac.uk.