James Pearse

James Pearse was a Lagos clergyman of the late 19th Century who was tutor to distinguished persons like Ademola II, Alake of Egba, Eric Moore, Adebesin Folarin and J.K. Coker. Pearse was born in…

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Augustus Otonba-Payne

Augustus Otonba-Payne

Augustus Otonba-Payne was a key figure in Lagos Colony during the reign of Queen Victoria of England. Otonba Payne was born 1839 in Sierra Leone. His father was captured from Ijebu Ode during one…

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Alimotu Pelewura

Alimotu Pelewura was an activist trader of pre-colonial Nigeria, who, though illiterate, led women successfully in their struggle against unjust taxation and for suffrage. Pelewura was born in the…

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Maja House

Maja House, located at 2 Garber Square, was the residence of Mrs. Dr. Maja Akintola. This pink painted Brazilian style house is one of the better-preserved, now more conspicuous as a result of…

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Molada

Molada is an historical figure of Ijebu; the Awujale’s son who committed adultery with his father’s wife and was consequently banished from the town. Although the Awujale ruled him to be…

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Obadiah Hutchinson Williams

Obadiah Hutchinson Williams was the founder of the Illiterates Office, which was the forerunner of the Nigerian modern judiciary. He was born in Oyo in 1860 and was educated at the in Abeokuta….

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Oude Oba festival - Ijebu women dancing

Ojude Oba

Ojude Oba is an annual celebration held on the third day of the Ed-El-Kabir festivity of Muslims in Ijebu Ode. It is one of the most popular events that take place in the life of the community,…

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Accountancy

Accountancy as a professional and managerial function was imported into Nigeria just like any other white collar job by the British colonialists through their various commodities trading companies…

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Richard Akinwande Savage

Richard Akinwande Savage was a vocational journalist and medical doctor. Born in 1874 to a prominent Lagos merchant Yoruba returnee from Sierra Leone. As a medical student, Savage served as an…

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Mohammed Shitta-Bey

Mohammed Shitta-Bey was a wealthy Moslem trader of the 19th Century credited alongside Dr. Blyden who was an educator, for the change in the religious demographics of Colonial Lagos. Shitta was…

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