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
Chief Timothy Adeọla Odutọla an entrepreneur extraordinaire was born in Ijẹbu-Ode in 1902. After his education, he took up court clerk appointment job in Lagos. Since he came from a home where trading was a vocation he resigned and started trading in fabric and fish. Later, he ventured into cocoa and palm oil business and because of too much control by the then Marketing Board, Chief Odutọla went into tire business in the fifties. As time went on, he established a tire factory in Ijẹbu-Ode, first of its kind in Nigeria. In fact, Chief Odutọla belonged to the first generation of Nigerian entrepreneur- he established several other industries and schools. He was a member and later president of Nigerian Stock Exchange. He died in 1995.
Alagba Adebayọ Faleti is a Yoruba of repute. A poet, an actor, a writer, a teacher, and a culture ambassador. A living legend, whose knowledge of Yoruba has no equal, very good at speaking, but excellent in writing. For over over sixty years, when he founded Ọyọ Youth Operatic Society, his name is synonymous with the development of Yoruba language through literature and drama. His working career spanned over 30 years in media industry.Everywhere he worked, Pa Faleti left a footmark, a reference point for others to follow. He has several books and plays to his credit, books include: Won Ro pe Were ni, Baṣhọrun Gaa, Ọmọ Olokun Ẹṣin, Magun, and Fere Bi Ẹkun.
Some of his plays include: Ṣaworo Idẹ, Ṣawo-Ṣọgbẹri, Afọnja, Agogo-Ewọ.
Some of the achievements of Pa Faleti are: introduction of scripting to Yoruba play, translated the National Anthem into Yoruba, and introduced nightly Ramadan broadcast to Muslims. He introduced outside broadcasting Christmas show from town-to-town, when at BSOS, he coined the term “baba Keresi.”
Above all, Pa Faleti introduced the “phone-in” at BSOS, the simultaneous interaction between program anchor and the audience. A regular feature in all electronic media operating in Nigeria as of today.