Some characters are more enigmatic than others. So it was with a happy-go-lucky Merchant Navy Purser, Admin and Finance Manager, “Speedy” Gansallo who died recently at the age of 77 and was buried on Thursday 17 September 2015. Speedy, a member of the Lagos Gansallo family, joined the Merchant Navy and sailed round the world for many years taking care of the ships administration, finance and later catering. He had received specialist training in Liverpool, England before joining the ship as a Writer (Junior Purser) and had worked with many Pursers on board ships like Victor Aiyela (Igbobi College) and late Lekan Adebiyi and on promotion to full purser, was directly responsible to the ship captain as the purser. “Speedy”, as he was popularly called, was a sight to behold, with a full-blown afro hair style, standing no taller than 5 foot 6 inches, bow-legged, moustached, strikingly handsome and always smiling, he had, like many bank managers, warmed himself into the hearts of many gentlemen, officers, engineers and crew of the ships he sailed on by advancing them money (cash advance) even when he realised their accounts were overdrawn but that on the homebound return journey to West Africa, they would have earned the cash advances they took. Speedy was such a dazzling and cheerful playboy that, in line with the company’s permit to travel onboard ship with his wife, he sailed from Liverpool and London on at least three occasions with three different light-skinned mulatresses each of who was for all purpose and intent on that trip, his “wife”. He would take his lady round the haunts and joints of Lagos including Koriko Bar and the popular joke was—”another one, Speedy?” He lived life to the fullest and he had a sister, Shola Gansallo “popular” working in a shipping company office in Lagos.
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LAGOSIAN TO BE NEXT OONI OF ILE-IFE?
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EX GREGORIAN ORONSAYE IN DEEP TROUBLE
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NEW ASOJU OBA FOR LAGOS
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We reported exclusively last week that the Island Club Jazz Section had changed its Monday Jazz Night to a Sunday soiree. What we did not expect was that this would be an epic and record-setting event as the Dover Sole takes to the brine waters of le chunnel’s Dovers Straits, members of the Island Club took to the Jazz Night as if they had waited all their lives for this magnificent grandeur.
Unexpectedly, more than 60 members and guests turned up for the jazz soiree and but for the meticulous planning by the sponsor and coordinators of the evening, many would have been disappointed.
Poignantly, there was more than enough to eat and to drink and the Club’s caterer, Dasilva, provided the basic fried rice, potatoes, Cole slaw, fried plantains and chicken to the embellishment of the palate. Coincidentally, the Ambassadors Subcommittee of the Island Club was also having its initial meeting and the subcommittee chairman, Ambassador Olusegun Akinsanya, unbeknownst to the Jazz Section, patron and leaders, was a founding member, along with Dele Adeola, Insurance Commissioner Dipo Bailey and General Femi Williams, of the Abuja Jazz Club and being such an ardent jazz aficionado, he personally led the other ambassadors including Shodipo, Akintola and others to join the conviviality of the Jazz Section.
As if wittingly and by deliberate design, the host of the evening, past leader and patron of the section, had prepared an international cuisine to further enliven the atmosphere of the evening and ensure a more savoury and pungently palatable occasion. As if by the magical incantation of open sesame or abracadabra, special French-trained chefs had wheeled in portions of barbecued pork chops, shrimp yam ball, chicken Sharwama and buttered baguette for the consumption of members. As if this haut cuisine was not enough for the deserving and discerning jazz attendees, the soul food entree was followed by cupfuls of chocolates and vanilla ice cream. To complete the stomach nourishment “infrastructure” for the evening, trays of sweet tasting and king-size pomme de terre (apples) and pears in season were passed round on the trays.
The event which was scheduled to start at 3pm and end at 10pm did not begin the beguine until circa 6pm and for the very first time in many years, one of the founding members of the Island Club Jazz Section, Chief Femi Adeniyi-Williams in collaboration with late Chief Januario Bola Marquis, late Kenny Adeosun and late Taiwo Okupe, attended the jazz soiree. Chief Williams was the Grand Patron of the Jazz Section until he became the Club Chairman and handed over to Chief Dr Olusegun Ajayi who was unavoidably absent on the night. To the surprise of many Island Club members, four succeeding chairmen of the club sat in a row enjoying the hosting accoutrements and the smooth jazz music being doled out by Andy Ikenwe. The leader of the section, Admiral Okanlawon Oni, was still in the USA but he was ably represented by the patron, past leader and sponsor of the evening who sat in a row and juxtaposed to his left were the following successive past chairmen, Chief Femi Adeniyi-Williams, Alhaji Gbolahan Hakeem Awe, Prince Demola Dada and the new and incumbent Chairman, Mr Ladipo Okpeseyi (SAN). The new Club Secretary, Ladi Akerele and the immediate past Secretary, Diji Veracruz were also sighted and visibly thoroughly making it through the night. Information has it that never has Island Club boasted of such capacity of attendees on a Sunday evening which was not a party or jump night. When this reporter left the club before 10pm, there were still more than 30 members enjoying their chilled wine and asking the mallam, mai suya to supply some fleshly barbecued chicken to further soothe the palate.
Oh what a night!