Teslim Thunder Balogun Loses First Child Tunde



The death has been announced in Surulere Lagos of Mr Tunde ( Ara)Balogun aged 67 years old .

Tunde Balogun was born Feb 16th, 1955 in Lagos and attended St Luke’s Demonstration School at Molete Ibadan where he finished in 1966 before proceeding to Olivet Baptist High school, Oyo and finished in 1972, the year his father passed away.

For his Advance level(a/level) education, he went to comprehensive high school, Ayetoro and finished at Government College, Ibadan in 1974.

During this time, he played for The Western State Academical team where he showcased his football prowess.


He later secured schorlaship from Howard university in the USA where he studied Geology.

On his return back to Nigeria, because of the passion he had for football, he played for Water corporation and Housing corporation football clubs in Ibadan.

Tunde was a gentle, kind and pragmatic individual who put the interest of others at heart.

In his playing days, he was a great footballer with unique body swerving skills which left many defenders on their backside and were always afraid to tackle him .

Apart from soccer he was a great long distance racer, particularly in 400 metres where he also excelled

.He thereafter travelled to the United States for his tertiary studies, to improve his academic qualification in 1974.

Tunde Teslim-Balogun was well known to be a personality of impeccable character with high sense of humility and generosity.

Tunde Teslim-Balogun was born in Ibadan but hailed from Lagos Island in Lagos on the 16th of February, 1955. He was born at the time his father- Teslim Thunder- Balogun was a soccer star reigning across Nigeria , West Africa and internationally.

He was nicknamed ‘Ara’, meaning ‘thunder’ to describe his thunderous kicks at goal like his father, in that school.

With his nationally aclaimed exemplary display of soccer, he was selected to captain the Western State Academicals that played with their Ghanian counterparts in Accra, at the tail end of his HSC studies.

His presence as a student in Olivet Heights in Oyo boosted the school’s performance in the Principals’ Cup Football Competition among secondary schools in Western State then.

His soccer wizardry was overwhelming across the whole state then, just like his father. It was a plus to Comprehensive High School, Ayetoro in Egbado area of Western State then, when he gained admission there for his HSC studies in 1972.

The climax at that prestigious school Soccer days was his superlative performance that propelled GCI to the final of the Western State Principals’ Cup Football Competition played at Liberty Stadium in Ibadan in 1973.

At soccer club level, he played for the Water Corporation of Oyo State at the Premiership level in Ibadan.

He left behind soccer talented brothers and sister; namely Tokunbo, Kayode, Olamide, Ajibola, Iyabode, Bioye, and Wole.

May his gentle soul rest in peace.

Fondly Remembered by family and friends

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