Professor John Otunola Oyinloye was born on May 29, 1939 in Lagos, into the family of Michael Gbadeyan Oyinloye and Thenckla Morolake Oyinloye of Oro, Kwara State. He died on April 5, 2010.
He attended St. Paul’s Catholic School, Ebute Metta- Lagos between 1946-1949, before proceeding to St. Andrew’s Catholic School Oro, (1950-1953). Having lost his father in 1951, at the young age of 12, John was determined to weather all storms to make a mark in life. Thus in 1953, he passed his primary school leaving certificate examination with flying colours, taking the first position, and this marked the beginning of other significant firsts.
In 1954, he was admitted into St. Peter’s Teacher Training College, Akure, where he obtained his Grade Two Teachers’ Certificate in 1957. Upon qualifying as a teacher, he secured a teaching appointment with St. James Primary School, Sabo Oke Ilorin, while preparing himself to further his studies in the university.