Kitoyi Ajasa was a key figure in Colonial Lagos born in 1866. His original name, Edmund Macaulay was relinquished upon his attainment of full qualifications as a lawyer in London. His family had returned from Sierra Leone upon their emancipation by British anti-slavery squadron to Ajase and afterwards, Lagos.
Kitoyi, as publisher of conservative Nigerian Pioneer, established in 1914, used the medium to counter the radicalism of John Payne Jackson’s Weekly Record. In same year, he joined politics and was elected to the Lagos Legislative Council and the Council of the freshly amalgamated Nigeria. The People’s Union, a political platform which he controlled together with conservatives like Akinwande Savage and Adeyemo Alakija, stood opposed to Herbert Macaulay and his Democratic Party. Kitoyi enjoyed the patronage of the British whose purpose he served, and he enjoyed the friendship of Governor Lugard who was instrumental in the status he was bequeathed with by the British Royal, the first to be so honored. His ideas pitched him against Herbert Macaulay, who affiliated himself not with the British but with traditional elements and Muslims who showed concern for the indigenization of policies and responsibilities. Kitoyi Ajasa ingratiated himself also to successive governors, but his intellect was never in question. He later rose to the position of a Judge in the High Court of Lagos.