Philanthropist and business man, Sir Mobolaji Bank Anthony was born on June 11, 1907 in Kinshasa, Congo Leopoldville into two prominent families, the Anthony’s (of the Brazilian Quarters) and the Aleshinloye Williams (of Kose, Olwogbowo Lagos).His father, Pa Alfred Bank Anthony was a successful business man there.
The young Bank Anthony began his formal education at St Peters School, Faji, lagos. he had his secondary education from Methodist Boys High school, Lagos. Ijebu Ode Grammar School, CMS Grammar School and later at the Baptist Academy, Lagos.
As a 15 year old he witnessed a terrible accident and watched helplessly as the victims cried in pain. He prayed that God should one day bless him, so he can build a hospital “where bones can be mended”
On leaving secondary school in 1923, Mobolaji had a brief stint with the posts and telegraphs department as a postal clerk.
In 1931, he resigned and travelled to Germany and then later to the UK where he took a course in practical and theory of mechanical production of palm oil.
By 1950 he had become a full fledged business man with greater foresight for the future.
It appears his prayers as a 15 year old was answered too. He was blessed with wealth and in 1977 he began construction of a 140 bed accident ward at the National Orthopaedic Hospital, Igbobi, Lagos.
On the day it was formally handed over to the hospital authorities he wept. It was called Bank – Anthony House in memory of his father.
In appreciation of his outstanding contributions to both humanity and the business world Sir Mobolaji Bank Anthony received many awards, honors and decorations including an OBE in 1953, The Stella Della Solidarity Italiana Dela Class in 1957, a KBE in 1963, Chief Baloro of Lagos in 1968, CON in 1979 and Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts.
Apart from being a former chairman of the Lagos Stock Exchange he was a minority investor in Aero-Contractors before indigenous shares were acquired by the Ibru Organization.
He was also the Chairman of the Federal Rehabilitation Appeal Board established by Yakuba Gowon to assist Nigerians affected by the Civil War.
He died in 1991