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
Another historian of international repute, former vice-chancellor, University of Lagos from 1972-1978. Ade-Ajayi like members of his generation documented our past and provided books for students to read. His generation moved our past from mere oral history to a chronological/documentation state. Their endeavors opened the way for more intellectual engagements in Nigeria. A humble and progressive leader whose love for the students cost him his job as University of Lagos Vice-Chancelor in 1978.
Another historian of note whose work covered Yoruba history,.
The first vice-chancellor University of Ifẹ (now Ọbafẹmi Awolọwọ University).
An academia, administrator, he developed and built Ifẹ varsity.
An economist of international repute; a scholar of London School of Economics and International Studies. Former university administrator.
An academia, a social commentator, scholar, economist, and the un-official federal government emissary during Nigeria/Biafra war. Aluko’s verse knowledge in both micro/macro economics knew no bounds, and whenever he sneezed, Nigeria, then (especially, government) would catch cold. Sam Aluko, a household name, former economic adviser to Chief Adekunle Ajasin, and National Economic Intelligence Chairman from 1995 to 1998. Professor Aluko died in 2012.
A physician, he started the Institute of Child Health, College of Medicine, Idi-Araba, Lagos.
Professor of Literature, world acclaimed playwright, poet, the 1986 Nobel prize winner in Literature. A civil rights’ activist, a defender of masses, enemy of injustice. Some of his works are: The Man Died, The Lion and The Jewel, The Trials of Brother Jero, A Dance of The Forest, Kongi Harvest; his poetry include “Abiku.”
A mechanical engineer, a man who recorded several firsts in many things he did; he completed B.Sc in Mechanical Engineering within three years. Above all, Awojọbi as a scholar was several years ahead of his peers. He became the first African to be awarded D.Sc Mechanical Engineering, by Imperial College, London. The “Akọka Giant” or “Dead Easy” as fondly called was an author and inventor.
One of his greatest inventions is the Autonov, the front and the rear drive military jeep (still on display at Faculty of Engineering Workshop, University of Lagos). A social crusader, an activist above all, a humanist. He died in 1984 at the age of 46.
A civil engineer-turned-novelist, he had over ten novels to his credit. A man of incredible ability, at old age of over 90 years, he was still writing books. A man who was never defeated by odds of life, rather he conquered odds. Some of his books include: One Man, One Wife; One Man, One Matchet; Chief Honorable Minister; His Worshipful Majesty; and The Story of My Life. His books were read by many generations of Nigerians.