Born 20th September, 1922, Engr. Theophilus Oluwole Akindele obtained the Higher National Diploma (H.N.D) in Electrical Engineering and in Telecommunication from Birmingham College of Technology England before obtained a Bachelor of Engineering Degree from the University of Birmingham.

From 1955 to 1968, he worked in various principal positions in the Post & Telecommunication Department in Nigeria, and from 1967 to 1971, he was Director of Telecommunication in charge of all Telecommunication Services in Nigeria. He was the first Nigerian substantive holder of the position. In 1971, he became the first Director General of Telecommunication, the post he was till 1975.

Engr. Akindele served in several international and local capacities. He was appointed as Federal Government Consultant on Western State Wire & Cable Manufacturing Project in Abeokuta in 1973. From 1973 to 1979, he served as the Engineering expert and leader of other foreign Engineers for the United Nations Organization (UN) to undertake implementation of certain economic projects in twenty-six (26) developing countries in Africa and Asia. He retired from the UN in October 1977 at the “extended age of 75 (instead of the statutory age of 65) and still continued as part-time Expert Adviser.  He currently heads a firm for consulting and services, PIDEC Engineering Consultants.

Engineer Akindele has written over twelve (12) publications mostly in the area of telecommunications. He wrote a book on telecommunication for rural development (A Report prepared for the government of Botswana, Ethiopia, Lesotho, Malawi, Somalia, Tanzania and Uganda and published by UNDP and ITY for the UN in 1976).

He is a COREN registered Engineer, Past President, West African Joint Overseas Group of the Institute of Electronic Mechanical and Civil Engineers, an Associate of Birmingham College of Technology, and he holds the Fellowships of the Institute of Electrical Engineering (FIEE), the Institute of Electronic and Radio (FIERRE),Engineers, and the  Nigerian Society of Engineers.

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