Yoruba Leaders Hall of Fame
YORUBA LEADERS HALL OF FAME
Generation after generation, Yoruba has always had individuals or group whose contribution to events during the time they live helped shape the course of history. From pre-history there were several of such men and women, and to date, there are still many of such individuals, whose contribution to the growth and development of Yoruba nation cannot be forgotten; while we may not list every individual, at least some will be mentioned and their contributions.
Contributions to Yoruba Nation
One of the power blocs in Yoruba after the fall of Ọyọ was Ijaye, under Arẹ-Ọna-Kankan-Fo Kurunmi. He became Ijaye leader, a town known for its military prowess, Kurunmi engaged in several intra-tribal wars in Yoruba land, especially with Ibadan. In one of these wars with Ibadan, Baṣọrun Ogunmọla led Ibadan forces against Kurunmi. Kurunmi with his army was defeated after losing his children in the war; there after, he committed suicide. Ibadan became the political force in Yoruba land. Ijaye was destroyed, and refugees form Ijaye relocated to other Yoruba towns and Ijaye went out of political significance in Yoruba land.
Ẹgba military leader after Lamodi, he led Ẹgba from Ibadan to Oko-Adagba to meet other Ẹgba, after Ijẹbu/Ifẹ and Owu war. Owu recorded so much casualty and because of hostility to Owu, several Ẹgba relocated to Abẹokuta near Olumọ Rock. The Rock that provided shield for the Ẹgba during the internecine/dark era in the history of Yoruba.
A very prominent Ibadan leader in the fourth quarter of 19th century, he waged several wars on behalf of Ibadan and won. More important, he ridded Ibadan of Ẹfunṣetan Aniwura’s nightmares.
A very powerful Ibadan women leader ‘Iyalode’; extremely rich in landed property, slaves, and other valuables. She had only a daughter, whom she lost to childbirth complications. When Efunsetan realized she would never be a mother again, Ẹfunṣetan became a terror. She killed people (especially her slaves) at will, and became a lord to herself. It was Baṣọrun Latosisa that liberated Ibadan people from her nightmares.
She was Ẹgba woman of note who combined activism with business. She started trading business in Badagry and later moved to Lagos on the invitation of King Akintoye. Madam Tinubu became very wealthy from Tobacco and salt business; more important, a very powerful figure in both Oba Akintoye’s and Dosunmu’s court. She became a fiery nationalist, who condemned British annexation and its policy on Lagos. Unfortunately, Colonial government in Lagos, responded by deporting Tinubu to Abeokuta, her native home. She continued with her business at home, but this time, added a new line of trade: gun-powder and bullets . She became supplier of arms and ammunition to Egba during Egba-Dahomey war. Madam Tinubu was installed the first Iyalode Ile-Egba in 1864, and died in 1887.
He was Ijeṣa military commander, who formed alliance with Ekiti Parapọ under Fabunmi of (Oke-Imesi) to challenge Ibadan hegemony. He was loved and respected by Ijeṣa/Ekiti soldiers. He died in the second decade of 20th century. A cenotaph is built in his honor in Ilesa.
Clergyman, educationist, father of modern education in Yoruba land, and perhaps, Nigeria. Principal of Abeokuta Boys’ School, Nigeria Union of Teachers leader. Married Funmilayọ Ransome-Kuti had three sons and a daughter.
She was Ẹgba woman of note, wife of Oludọtun Ransome-Kuti, an activist who fought against women taxation. The Lioness of Lisabi gave Nigeria women voice, made them to be heard, gave them mission and set hope before them. Above all, she gave the society human right activists, who carried the enlightenment torch to all the nooks and cranies of Nigeria. She was the first Nigeria woman to drive automobile, mother of: Olikoye Ransome-Kuti, Fẹla Anikulapo-Kuti, Bekololari Ransome-Kuti; she died in 1976.
A grandson of Bishop Samuel Crowther, he studied town planning in England, joined hands with other Nigerians to establish the first political party in Nigeria, the National Council of Nigeria and Cameroun (NCNC). He died in 1946 in one of his campaign tours
A Lagosian, nationalist.