Adeniji Adele

Adeniji Adele
Oba Adeniji Adele and wife being welcomed by Duke of Devonshire. England. Photo: Naijarchives

Adeniji Adele became Oba of Lagos in 1949 but was not ceremonially installed till another three years. Musendiku Adeniji Adele was a well-travelled monarch. Before he ascended the throne, he was a surveyor and he worked for the Royal Engineers Service at Cameroon in 1915. Adeniji served at the treasury department and the National secretariat. He became the director at the Treasury department in Kano before and during his reign as Oba. His installment was delayed after the death of Oba Falolu till the law court ruled in his favor. He was not a direct descendant of Oba Dosunmu or Oyekan; therefore his election was contested by some elements in those families who thought the choice irregular. Adeniji died in 1964 and Adeyinka Oyekan became king after him.

Tope Apoola
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