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
A prominent Yoruba son who read law in the early forties. He was the attorney-general of Western Region, a prominent member of (AG) before he parted parted ways. “Timi the Law” as he was fondly called made unparallel contribution to law practice in Nigeria. He was the chairman Constituent Assembly that mid-wifed return to civil rule in 1979. He traversed legal profession for over four decades, his contributions will always be a reference point at law. He became the first Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) in 1978, when introduced.
A man of humble beginning with amazingly intellectual power. Chief Babalọla has been in law profession close to fifty years, a trainer, a teacher and has made indelible mark in law. He is an administrator, farmer and proprietor.
A retired Supreme Court justice, an intellectual of rare breed.
A retired Supreme Court justice
A lawyer, an activist, a philanthropist, man of the people who spent more than two-thirds of his life to fight injustice. A rare breed who believed so much in the rule of law and he used the same instrumentality of law to fight the injustices in the system which he lived in. He died in September, 2009.
A professor of constitutional law, a colossal in law field, one-time attorney-general and minister of justice from 1960-1966. He taught law in several colleges around the globe. Foundation law professor at University of Lagos, Nigeria. Chief Justice of the Supreme Court in1972. Appointed a judge of International Court of Justice, the Hague in 1976, elected President of the same court in 1986. He died in 1989.
A politician, an administrator, and educationist. A former governor of old Ondo state and planning member of 1955 free education program in old Western Region. Afẹnifẹre and NADECO member and leader. A disciplinarian, a man of principle, and a staunch believer in the rule of law. A committed federalist, who believed that a new Nigeria be re-negotiated on the principle of equality, fairness, and justice through national conference. He died in 1995.
A politician, lawyer, leader and senator in the Second Republic (1979-1983); immediate past leader of Afenifere, a Yoruba socio-cultural group and a leading member of National Democratic Coalition (NADECO)-The Civil Society Coalition that checkmated the excesses of Military Regime in Nigeria after the annulment of June 12, 1993 Presidential Elections. Senator Adesanya and other civil societies fought the military government of Sanni Abacha to a stand-still, which ultimately compelled General Abdulsalami Abubakar the then Head-of-State in 1998 to start transition to civil rule. Senator Adesanya died in 2005.
The Cicero of Ẹsa-Oke, first executive governor of old Ọyọ State, a politician of repute, orator without equal. A humble and progress element, lawyer and a former attorney general/ minister of justice. A man of un-common political sagacity. Uncle Ige, as fondly called by admirers knew so much about party politics, that friends and foes respected him for it. He could be a loner or a team-player in any cause he believed, always with vision and mission to change society for better. He was murdered in 2001.
Yoruba from Egba stock, he began his career as a civil servant and rose to the position of Secretary to the Western Regional government, before he moved to academics. A historian and second vice-chancellor of University of Lagos, (1965-1972), Biobaku belonged to first generation of Nigerian intellectuals/historians-the group, which documented our past and gave Nigerian academic community books to read.