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Politics And Governance With Lekan Shobowale

OGUN @ 44: Celebrating The State Of Firsts And Pioneers

Ogun State was created on February 3, 1976 from the former Western States with Abeokuta as the state capital. The four divisions of the state include what is now reduced to the acronym (RIYE), meaning Remo, Ijebu, Yewa and Egba.

Forty four years in the life of a human being is usually significant in the sense that it is seen as a year of fulfilment and consolidation.

For Ogun State just like an accomplished human element, life indeed is growing at forty four judging by the spate of developmental programmes implemented by various governments at different times laying undoubtedly firm foundation for the prosperity of the state.

Ogun State as a leading state with intellect has been blessed with renowned individual, leaders, professionals, politicians and other great men of repute in Nigeria.

Forty four years down the lane, Ogun State has also had the rare privilege
of being governed by high number of visionary leaders who has contributed greatly to the overall development of the state which can still be seen till this day.

Some of its leaders include Seidu Ayodele Balogun (Military administrator,
March 1976-July 1978; Dr. Harris Eghagha (Military Administrator), July 1978-
October 1979; Late Chief Olabisi Onabanjo (Civilian Governor), October 1979-
December 1983; General Oladipo Diya (Military Administrator) January 1984-
August 1985; Oladayo Popoola (MILAD) August 1985-1986; Raji Alagbe Rasaq
(MILAD) 1986-December 1987; Mohammed Lawal (MILAD) December 1987-
August 1990.

Others include Oladeinde Joseph (MILAD) August 1990-January 1992; Olusegun
Osoba (Civilian Governor) January 1992- November 1993; Daniel Akintonde
(MILAD) December 1993- August 196; Sam Ewang (Administrator) August 1996-
May 1999; Chief Olusegun Osoba (Civilian Governor) May 1999- May 2003; Otunba Gbenga Daniel (Civilian Governor), May 2003- May 2011; Senator Ibikunle Amosun (Civilian Governor), May 2011-2019 and currently Prince Dapo Abiodun 2019 till date.

The history of Nigeria will not be incomplete without the mention of these illustrious sons and daughters of the state who played and continue playing historical and pioneering roles in the country .

Chief (Mrs) Hannah Idowu Dideolu remains the first Nigerian to import textile and lace materials into the country. The late Frederick Rotimi Williams , who was the first lawyer to be a Senior Advocate of Nigeria. (SAN) in Nigeria and the youngest Speaker of the House of Representative in the legislative history of Nigeria, Rt. Hon. Oladimeji Subar Bankole hails from the state.

Aside being pioneer in education, the state also has the largest concentration of universities in the country as well as plays host to many religious camps churches and industrial plants than any other state in the country.

It also hosts the first newspaper in Nigeria, “Iwe Irohin”, as well as veteran journalists, who left their indelible marks in journalism hailing from the
state.

The first University of Education in Nigeria, named after the late Nigeria’s social
critic, Dr. Tai Solarin and the second storey building in the country is also located within the state.

It is on records that the state has produced the highest numbers of Senior Advocates of Nigeria, (SAN) and medical doctors among other professions in the country.

Aside individuals achievements, the state is also reputed to host the first church
in Nigeria, St. Peters Church, as well as the first Bible both of which are
domicilled in Ake area of Abeokuta, the state capital.

The first Nigerian to wear the SAN gown, Folake Solanke, the first Nigerian judge to sit on the Supreme Court Bench, Hon. Justice Olumuyiwa Jibowu and Nigeria’s first indigenous Chief Justice of Nigeria, the late Sir Adetokunbo Ademola also hailed from the state.

Chief (Mrs) Hannah Idowu Dideolu remains the first Nigerian to import textile and lace materials into the country. The late Frederick Rotimi Williams , who was the first lawyer to be a Senior Advocate of Nigeria. (SAN) in Nigeria and the youngest Speaker of the House of Representative in the legislative history of Nigeria, Rt. Hon. Oladimeji Subar Bankole hails from the state.

Aside being pioneer in education, the state also has the largest concentration of universities in the country as well as plays host to many religious camps churches and industrial plants than any other state in the country.

It also hosts the first newspaper in Nigeria, “Iwe Irohin”, as well as veteran journalists, who left their indelible marks in journalism hailing from the
state.

The state is also proud to have produced the first Nigerian females to own
and drive a car. While the late industrialist, Chief Efunroye Tinubu was reputed to
have first owned a motor car, the late Funmilayo Ransome Kuti, mother of the
late Afro beat king, Felaa was the first female Nigerian to drive a car.

Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, an illustrious son of the state remains Nigerian first ever
on whom providence put the leadership of the country upon both as military
head of state and later civilian president, Chief Ernest Shonekan, who remains
Nigeria’s shortest ruler by the numbers of days he spent in the office also hails
from the state.

Prof. Wole Soyinka, playwright, social critic and the first African Nobel Laureate in Literature, also hails from the state, just as the doyen of Accounting in Nigeria, Chief Akintola Williams.Chief (Mrs) Toyin Olakunrin, first female Chartered Accountant in Nigeria, Chief (Mrs) Bola Kuforiji-Olubi, first African woman to lead a public quoted company and first female editor of a national newspaper, Dr. Doyin Abiola are distinguished daughters of the state.

The late Hon. Justice Olumuyiwa Jibowu, the first Nigerian Judge to sit on the
Supreme Court Bench and first female surgeon in West Africa, the late Dr. (Mrs)
Stella Adeperu Adeoba, also hailed from the state. Doyen of Nigerian Theatre, the
late Chief Hubert Adedeji Ogunde, the first Nigerian to participate in the Olympic
Games, Dr. Adedoyin and Nigeria’s first minister of health, the late Dr. Moses
Adekoyejo Majekodunmi were also distinguished indigenes of the state.

Chief MrsEbun Oyagbola, first female minister of cabinet rank in Nigeria, Nigeria’s first ECOMOG Commander, General Tunji Olurin, first Nigerian to win Olympic silver and bronze medals, Mrs. Falilat Ogunkoya-Omotayo are also ambassadors of the state.

First Nigerian to establish an indigenous bank, Agbonmagbe Bank, now Wema Bank, Chief M.A. Okupe and founder of first indigenous Merchant Bank in
Nigeria, (FCMB), Otunba Subomi Balogun hail from the state.

Otunba (Dr.) Mike Adenuga Jnr, Chairman/Chief Executive Offcer of the first
indigenous telecommunication company in Nigeria, Glo, is an indigene of the
state. The first Nigerian to obtain a Ph.D in Architecture, the late Olowu of Owu-
Abeokuta, Oba (Dr.) Adisa Odeleye and the first Niigerian to read international
law, the late Segun Awolowo also hailed from the state.

Other indigenes of the state, who at one time or the other affected the political, economic fortune of Nigeria, include the late Nigerian philanthropist and the acclaimed winner of the historic June 12, 1993 Presidential Election. Bashorun MKO Abiola.Nigeria’s pioneer psychiatrist, the late Prof. Thomas Adeoye Lambo and the first Nigerian to own a private secondary school, the late Chief Adeola Odutola were of Ogun stock.

First Nigerian professor of Arabic and Islamic Language, Prof. M. O. A.
Abdul, First Nigerian Professor of Agriculture, Prof. Victor Adenuga Oyenuga.A
professor of Physiology and former Vice Chancellor of Olabisi Onabanjo University,Prof. Olusoga Sofola, First Nigeria Professor of Medicine, Prof. Theophilous Ogunlesi, First Nigeria prfessor of Nursing, First Nigerian Professor of
Paediatrics, Prof. Olikoye Randome Kuti, First Nigerian Professor of Chemistry,
Prof. Steven Oluwole Awokoya, First Nigerian Professor of Geography, Prof. Akin
Mobogunje, One time Vice Chancellor of the University of Lagos, Prof. Abdul
Rahmon Ade Bello. Dr. Israel Oludotun Ransome-Kuti, father of the Afro beat
legend, Fela and Prof Olikoye Kuti was the first President of the Nigeria Union of
Teachers.

The pioneer Nigerian professor of philosophy Dr. Olubi Sodipo, first female doctor in Nigeria, Dr. Elizabeth Abimbola Awoliyi and the first female Chief Press Secretary to a governor in Nigeria, Mrs. Funmi Wakama are both Ogun indigenes.

Dr. Olu Abolurin, pioneer Commandant, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence and the first Director General of Nigerian Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies, Major-General T.B. Ogundeko (retd) and Chief Adebutu Kessington, the founder of the legal gambling in Nigeria, all hail from the state.

World Heavy Weight Champion, Anthony Oluwafemi Olaseni Joshua, OBE,
Football veterans, Segun Odegbami and the late African football legend,
Mudashiru Lawal, the Juju maestros, Chief Ebenezer Obey, Sir Shina Peters
Adewale Ayuba, Dapo Daniel Oyebanji(D’banj, Daniel Anidugbe, (Kizz Daniel),
Olamide Adedeji (fondly called Baddo by his fans), Wasiu Ayinde Marshall (K1),
renowned thespians, Olu Jacob, Dele Odule, ace cinematographer, Tunde Kelani,
among others are also from the state.

Other prominent indigenes of the state, who have excelled in their professions are the former governor of the state, Aremo Olusegun Osoba in journalism, the late Afrobeat King, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, the late Apala kings, Haruna Ishola, Ayinla Omowura.

No doubt, just like its peers, Ogun State has also experienced its own share of pains, loss and bad times but in the midst of all these, the state keeps waxing stronger @ 44.

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