YORUBA LEADERS

  • LADOKE AKINTOLA

    Died 15 January 1966

    Akintola was born in Ogbomosho to the family of Akintola Akinbola and Akanke, his father was a trader and descended from a family of traders. At a young age, the family moved to Minna and he was briefly educated at a Church Missionary Society school in the city. In 1922, he returned to Ogbomosho to live with his grandfather and subsequently attended a Baptist day school before proceeding to Baptist College in 1925. He taught at the Baptist Academy from 1930 to 1942 and thereafter worked briefly with the Nigerian Railway Corporation. Akintola was also founder of Iroyin Yoruba, a newspaper written in the Yoruba language. In 1946, he earned a British scholarship to study in the U.K. and completed legal studies by 1950. He started his legal career working as a lawyer on land and civic matters. After he was trained as a lawyer in the United Kingdom, Akintola returned to Nigeria in 1949 and teamed up with other educated Nigerians from the Western Region to form the Action Group (AG) under the leadership of Chief Obafemi Awolowo. He initially was the legal adviser of the group before becoming the deputy leader in 1953. As the deputy leader of the AG party, he did not serve in the regional Western Region Government headed by the Premier Awolowo but was the Action Group Parliamentary Leader/Leader of Opposition in the House of Representatives of Nigeria. At the federal level he served as Minister for Health and later Minister for Communications and Aviation. Akintola was a dignified orator and was responsible for completing the founding of University of Ife (Awolowo's brainchild and currently Obafemi Awolowo University) in 1962 while still a premier in Western Region. He was also involved in the development of Premier Hotel and other monuments. Akintola died in Ibadan, the capital of Western Region, on the day of Nigeria's first military coup of 15 January 1966—which terminated the First Republic. A number of institutions, including Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomosho, were established in both his home town and other Nigerian cities as a means of remembering him posthumously.

    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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    HISTORY OF THE YORUBA PEOPLE

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