YORUBA LEADERS

  • HERBERT OLAYINKA MACAULAY

    14 November 1864 - 7 May 1946

    Herbert Macaulay was born in Broad St., Lagos on 14 November 1864 to the family of Thomas Babington Macaulay and Abigail Crowther. His parents were children of people captured from what is now Nigeria, resettled in Sierra Leone by the British West Africa Squadron, and eventual returnees to present day Nigeria. Macaulay was educated at St Paul's Breadfruit School, Lagos and CMS Faji School, Lagos. With the support of the colonial administration, Macaulay left Lagos on 1 July 1890 to further his training in England. In 1893, he became a graduate of the Royal Institute of British Architects, London. Upon his return to Lagos in September 1893, he resumed work with the colonial service as a surveyor of Crown Lands. He left the service as land inspector in September 1898 due to growing distaste for the British rule over the Lagos Colony and the position of Yorubaland and the Niger Coast Protectorate as British colonies in all but name. Prior to the beginning of the twentieth century, Macaulay associated with many Lagos socialites, worked as a private surveyor and had a moderate outlook about colonialism. However, by the end of the 1900s, he had begun to veer from his professional and social activities to become a political activist. He joined the Anti-Slavery and Aborigines' Protection Society. Macaulay was an unlikely champion of the masses.

    1. OBAFEMI JEREMIAH AWOLOWO
    2. MACAULAY HERBERT
    3. SAMUEL AJAYI CROWTHER
    4. LADOKE AKINTOLA
    5. FUNMILAYO RANSOME-KUTI
    6. FRANCIS ADEKUNLE FAJUYI

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  • OUR HISTORY

    HISTORY OF THE YORUBA PEOPLE

    Yoruba history by TYLPI writer

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