Bashorun Joseph Kosoniola Randle


Chief Joseph Kosoniola Randle MVO MBE was born on July 28, 1909. His father was John K. Randle, a Medical Doctor and his Mother came from the Aguda side of Lagos. He was educated at CMS Grammar School, Lagos and King\’s College, Lagos.

In college, he loved playing football cricket and was a member and first captain of Zik\’s Athletic club. 
Born to a well-to-do father but when his father died, much of his estate was left elsewhere for philanthropic purposes. At the time of his father\’s death, Randle was in the senior year of King\’s College and his dream of attending a university became financially infeasible. He worked for a brief period as a junior clerk with the treasury department, in the same office with Adeniji Adele. 

Randle later moved to Ilesha to try his luck in gold mining. He was not successful in the mining business and returned to Lagos and engaged in trade, contract and business promotion where he earned some income. He held the chieftaincy title of the Lisa of Lagos. It was given to him by Oba Adeniji Adele. He was also a founding member and later chairman of the Island club. 

A sports enthusiast, he was vice president of the Nigerian Olympic and British Empire and Commonwealth Games Association and a trustee of the proposed National Stadium. He was chairman of the Lagos Race Club in 1956.
Bashorun J. K. Randle served as the Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of J.K. Randle and Co. Chartered Accountants and Sloane Buford and Fulbright Management Consultants, Lagos. Mr. Randle was an accomplished Chartered Accountant with experience spanning over three decades. He served as the Chairman and the Chief Executive of KPMG, Nigeria. He served as the Chairman at Aquila Capital Limited. 

He served as Chairman KPMG, West Africa, KPMG, Africa and Eko Hotels Limited. He served as a Member of council of KPMG International. He was the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the governing council of Lagos State University. He was one time President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria. He was a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria.

He was a social crusader and philanthropist who started the Nigerian arm of the Anti-Tuberculosis Society, a member of the Lagos Town Council (though his politics discouraged extreme nationalism) and was a sportsman who was a trustee of a proposed National Stadium. 

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