the Nigerian Railway where he rose to become a station master. He retired in 1921, established a private business outfit engaged in produce-buying and transportation. His business blossomed. founded Oduduwa College, 1921; Governor of Western Region 1960–1962; 1951-55; delegate to Afri can Conference in London, 1948; led Nigerian delegation to Queen Eliza beth II’s coronation, 1953; delegate to Conference for Revision of Nigerian Constitution, London, 1953 and at Lagos,Jan. 1954;delegate to Nigerian Constitutional Conference Lon don, 1957 & 1958;appointed Gover nor of Western Nigeria, 1960;suspended under the 1962 Emergency in the West.
became Member of the former Western House of Assembly, 1952; Member, House of Representatives, 1951-54; appointed Central Minister without portfolio
cricket, tennis, hunting
During the colonial era, the Oba Ooni gained a considerable amount of power due to the colonial policy of indirect rule and being labeled a first class Oba among traditional rulers in Yorubaland. The policy of indirect rule was used to ensure native awareness and consultations about colonial policies affecting the regions. The British leaned on existing native political structures and hierarchy, particularly the Nigerian traditional rulers, for political consultation and tax collection. Later on, the Ooni with the consent of the leading Yoruba political leaders used his position to close the gaps of exploitation of divisional differences among Yorubas and tried fervently to rally the Yoruba towards a common goal. In 1962, the king acting as governor, used his power to remove the premier of the region, sensing the premier did not have the support of the majority members of the House of Assembly. The event escalated the political rivalries in the region
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