Updates from Professionals

  • Litcaf - Remilekun Falade

    Remilekun Falade 3 months ago

    Hello everyone. We are on to LitCaf. The very big one.

  • Litcaf - Adedamola Abraham

    Adedamola Abraham 3 months ago

    Kids should not be encouraged to dump the sciences for anything. That is not hoe to grow an economy.

  • Litcaf - Temitope Jeremiah

    Temitope Jeremiah 3 months ago

    What caption for this? Surely a great shot.

  • Litcaf - Temitope Jeremiah

    Temitope Jeremiah 4 months ago

    This is how we do it. Happiness at work..Come try LitCaf

  • Litcaf - Temitope Jeremiah

    Temitope Jeremiah 6 months ago

    What we do at #LitCaf #Coworking

  • Litcaf - Temitope Jeremiah

    Temitope Jeremiah 6 months ago

    Not all about tech. Our use base is diverse array of gentle men and ladies. #LitCaf is where you want to be. #Coworking #Yaba #Lagos

  • Litcaf - Tope

    Tope 6 months ago

    Lets do this together, Otondo friends.

  • Litcaf - Temitope Jeremiah

    Temitope Jeremiah 6 months ago

    Dictionary definition of freelancer. How well do you agree with that?

  • Litcaf - Lovey Dovey

    Lovey Dovey 6 months ago

    Hello Everyone. Happy to be here on LitCaf

  • Litcaf - Apoola

    Apoola 6 months ago

    Idealized Biafra. Nothing shameful about that.

  • Litcaf - Temitope Jeremiah

    Temitope Jeremiah 6 months ago

    Good morning everyone. Wake up with a newer determination to achieve your objective.

  • Litcaf - Tope Apoola

    Tope Apoola 6 months ago

    Still testing. One long test.

  • Litcaf - Apoola

    Apoola 6 months ago

    We got books to lend.

  • Litcaf -

    7 months ago

    Memory lane...Ken Saro Wiwa

  • Litcaf - Temitope Jeremiah

    Temitope Jeremiah 7 months ago

    One innovation of ours.

  • Litcaf - Temitope Jeremiah

    Temitope Jeremiah 7 months ago

    May7ven was born in May 7. I thought that was obvious. However, that isn\'t what we are talking about now. Do you know that this website actually does not allow copy and paste because of its care about aesthetics?

  • Litcaf - Tope Apoola

    Tope Apoola 8 months ago

    Me..Me..Me

  • Litcaf - MI Apoola

    MI Apoola 8 months ago

    We research and present needed data to help with forecast, survey, and decision making. SND MiniMax Consultancy.

  • Litcaf - MI Apoola

    MI Apoola 8 months ago

    Hello everyone. I like to introduce SND MiniMax Consultancy. We are involved in data collection and human capacity building.

  • Litcaf -

    8 months ago

    Hello, LitCaf. Seems very exciting, what\'s coming down here. Meanwhile, making a shout-out to best gal, May7.

John Randle

John Randle, Dr. of Lagos Colony
John Randle. Source- Nigerian Archives, UI

John Randle was a 19th Century Nigerian physician and co-founder of Nigeria’s first political party, called the People’s Union. He was a contemporary of Dr. Obadaih Johnson at Sierra Leone College and Edinburg University. Randle was a specialist in Yellow Fever, benefactor of Fourah Bay College, and temporary member of Legislative Council under Sir William Macgregor.

Randle was born in 1855 at Regent, a village located at the foot of the Sugar Loaf Mountains of Sierra Leone. His father, Thomas, who was an Oyo man had been liberated from slavery and brought to Freetown by the British squadron. From a humble beginning, Randle rose to become one of the most financially successful doctors of his era, and by 1890 he had become respected enough to be accepted as groom to Victoria Davies, daughter of the highly aristocratic Capt. JPL Davies and Sarah Bonetta who was the English Queen’s goddaughter. Randle, as a student in the Grammar School in Freetown enrolled as a dispenser in the colonial hospital till 1877 afterwhich he left for Gold Coast where he was involved in many public health programs. With the support of his superiors in the public health scheme, and by his own savings, Randle had commenced his medical studies at Edinburg University, graduating in 1888 with a gold medal in Material Medica.

On his return to Nigeria he was appointed Assistant Medical Surgeon in the colonial medical service. Due to his increasing radicalism, Randle was transferred to Ijebu Ode in September, 1893, to care for the British troops on a peace-keeping mission in the newly annexed kingdom, a move he interpreted as an attempt to suppress his personality. Randle’s resistance against continued engagement in Ijebu led to his dismissal. Consequently, Randle devoted himself to private practise, and found time to play around medical theories in his busy life. The principles of guineaworm treatment which he expounded had stood the test of time. Sierra Weekly News records he became very successful within a few years, a man of affluence, and one of the largest land proprietors in Lagos. In 1899 he was co-opted by Governor William Macgregor as member of the Legislative Council and he co-founded the People’s Union in 1908, a pressure group regarded by some as Nigeria’s first political party. Rande provided leadership with his party during the water rate agitation in Lagos. The party after a decade went under after losing favour with the Lagos elite. The party never becoming a match for Herbert Macaulay’s more radical Nigerian National Democratic Party (NNDP), which was formed in 1922. Randle’s efforts at reviving the People’s Union dented his own political image. Among Randle’s legacies in the medical field was his publication in 1910 in which he contested Sierra Leonean doctor, Dr. W. Renner’s view on the incidence of cancer among African Creoles. Randle posited that the reluctance to come to the hospital, rather than the abandonment of traditional living contributed to the seeming rise in cases of malignant growth at the turn of the century.

Twelve years after his death in 1928 he was symbolically recognized by the re-positioning of his remains to the front of Ikoyi Cemetery. Randle in his life was known for his austerity lifestyle, and harsh discipline. He never owned a car but rode on bicycles till his seventies, yet his Will established him as an important philanthropist.