Yoruba Leaders Hall of Fame

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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.

Yoruba Heroes/Heroines

Contributions to Yoruba  Nation

He pioneered Yoruba language novel, he wrote six different books using imagery of magic, monsters, spirits, gods and other spiritual elements. An effective user of Yoruba language, no Yoruba book has beaten any of Fagunwa’s book, a pace-setter, rich in effective use of language.

An Educator, an author, and  a scholar; works include Kekere-Ẹkun, Ayanmọ.

A special breed that had only six years of former education, but he accomplished so much. An educator, a scholar and author, his works include: Palm Wine Drunkard, Dead Palm Wine Tapsters in Deads’ Town, and My Life in the Bush of Ghosts.

First professor of mathematics in Nigeria.


A two time Nigerian president: first, from 1976-1979;  second, 1999-2007. A war hero,

who received on behalf of the Federal Government the Biafra republic back into the federation of Nigeria in 1970 after the civil war. Former federal commissioner for works, chief-of-staff, Supreme Headquarters under Murtala Mohammed. Co-chairman, Eminent Person Group (EPG),the Commonwealth body that liquidated Apartheid regime in South-Africa and UN special representative to Congo.

A war hero from Ogbomoso, Oyo State. Commander, Third Marine Commando; Brigadier Adekunle, is a major (and perhaps most controversial) actor of Nigeria-Biafra war. To his critics, he was a ruthless officer, but to his admirers, a disciplined and strong willed individual  who can never be intimidated. However, his actions or in-actions are left to posterity and history to judge.

The popular Ọba Koo’so-entertainment giant wrote ten folk opera. Died in 1976.

An Author, a professor, a playwright, a screenwriter, a  film producer; his works include: Ẹfunṣetan Aniwura, O’ leku.


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