Sensei Olusegun Akinola was born in Lagos Nigeria to the family of Brigadier-General and Mrs S.B Akinola. His father was former Director of Military Intelligence and his mother a retired principal.
Sensei Akinola was graded 6th degree black belt (2010) by the Karate Union of Great Britain. He got his 5th dan (2000) and 4th dan (1995) with Sensei Enoeda (9th dan), head of the Japan Karate Association in Europe. He has a Master of Arts Degree in Fine Art from the University of East London.
Segun, as he is popularly called, is undoubtedly the best all round karate-ka Nigeria has produced. He started karate over 30 years ago with Dipo Oyemaja at The All Saints Church Yaba and later became a student of the legendary instructor; Alfred Ohimain in 1986. Segun also trained with Sensei Goby Shina who is the head of the SKI association in Nigeria. Segun was 8 times National Champion and former Captain and Coach of the Nigerian National team. His competition and coaching career took him to countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, North America and Latin America, winning many medals for the country. He was gold medallist at the International Shotokan Karate Federation Goodwill Games in Philadelphia, U.S.A, in 2001. Sensei Akinola has a wealth of experience teaching adults and children. He was a karate instructor at the American International School of Lagos for 20 years. He is currently a guest instructor with the Shotokan Karate England (SKE) and teaches at SKE clubs in London. He also coaches the SKE competition squad. He taught karate during PE lessons at the Edmonton County Upper School during the 2008/2009 winter term and was a substitute self-defence instructor at the Walthamstow School for Girls in 2009.
He was gold medallist at the ISKF Goodwill Games in Philadelphia, USA, in 2001. He is a World Karate Federation Kata Judge “A”, an accolade he achieved in Tokyo, Japan. (The WKF is the only organisation recognised by the International Olympic Committee). Sensei Akinola is a well sought after instructor who gives courses to national teams.
His hobbies are playing the piano and drawing. Sensei Akinola is married with children. He is an insured instructor and is CRB certified