Adepoju Akomolafe

Adepoju Akomolafe; Nigerian politician of the pre-independence era under the Action Group.  As an active party member, Adepoju rose up to become first chairman of Ido-osi council area in 1955 and Federal Minister of Establishment. He was also an elected member of the first parliament[i].

Born to the family of Daniel Ashaolu and Dorcas Ajayi Akomolafe. His mother was from the royal family in Ijero-Ekiti and father was also from a royal family in Ido. Adepoju was born April 5, 1917 in Ido-Ekiti of the old Ekiti Province.  He was brought up by maternal uncle, Samuel Kayode, who sent him to school. By the time he was finishing his primary school education, Kayode was already a member of staff of Ondo Boys High School. He took the boy Adepoju to the school but when Adepoju was in his fourth year, Kayode left for another school and he had to leave also.

At the school he headed at Sabongida Ora in Edo State from 1939, Adepoju met Comfort Ayodele Ahohare, a junior teacher in the school whom he later married. He later became a polygamist. Among his children are medical doctors, engineers, appeal court judges. His last is a lawyer.

Adepoju finished studies at St Andrew’s College, Oyo in 1939. He studied through correspondence system to degree level and his certificate was awarded from the UK. Adepoju was trained as a teacher in Oyo and he later became a headmaster of several schools in the city. Before he became a politician, Adepoju practiced as a teacher and he was foundation principal of Ekiti Parapo High School, Ado-Ekiti. He headed the University Of Nigeria Teaching Hospital Autonomous Board Of Management between 1976 and 1979.

[i] Punch April 6, 2017

Tope Apoola
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