Salami Agbaje

Salami Agbaje, industrial magnate of the Ibadan colonial era, son of an early Muslim convert from Iseyin was born in Lagos in c.1867. Agbaje acquired an Islamic education to the exclusion of a…

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Mo Abudu

Mo Abudu is the Talk-show host and TV producer recounted by CNN as Africa’s queen of media who conquered the continent. Although Mosunmola Abudu is known predominantly for her media…

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Kofoworola Aina Moore

  Kofoworola Aina Moore, educationist and children books author was known later in life as Lady Ademola, being wife of Adetokunbo Ademola, the first indigenous Chief Justice of Nigeria….

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Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III

Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III was the Alaafin of Oyo since 1970, born 1938 to the Alaafin Adeyemi II Adeniran who was forced out of the throne in 1954 for taking sides with the less popular party…

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Alli Balogun

Alli Balogun was a Lagos politician and merchant in the 19th Century born in 1830 as Alli Makanjuola. Like his father, he was a slave dealer but he assumed a legal trade as supplier of local needs…

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African Woman reads her morning papers in early 1930s

African Renaissance

African Renaissance term used by authors is  descriptive of  the cultural movement in the British West Africa, in which the pioneer set of educated Africans, erstwhile propagators of the New…

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Adeola Timothy Odutola

Timothy Adeola Odutola was a politician and pre-independence member of the Nigerian aristocracy. Born in June 1902 to a Muslim father and a converted Christian mother. In his time Odutola was…

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Ore Green

Ore Green was a Nigerian nurse, and celebrated avatar of Lady-like grace, born 1885 in Lagos to an ex-Superintendent of the Detective Force. Ore trained at St. Peter’s School, C.M.S. Girls’…

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Ademuyiwa Haastrup

Ademuyiwa Haastrup

Ademuyiwa Haastrup was a flamboyant Lagos auctioneer and Local Methodist church preacher in Remo. Haastrup was an Ijesha prince with some maternal connections with Akarigbo Oyebajo. He was born to…

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T.O.S. Benson

Theophilus Owolabi Sobowale Benson was a Lagos lawyer and prominent member of Nigeria’s pre and post independence aristocracy. Born in Ikorodu in 1917, Benson lived for 91 years, a life that…

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