Chief Obafemi Jeremiah Oyeniyi Awolowo GCFR, 6 March, 1909 – May 9, 1987.
He was a Nigerian nationalist and State man who played a key role in Nigeria’s independence movement, the first and second Republics and the civil war. He was the first premier of Western Region and later Federal commission er for Finance and Vice Chairman of the Federal Executive Council during the civil war.
He was thrice major contender for his county’s highest office.
A native of Ikenne in Ogun State of South West Nigeria , he started his career, like his well known contemporaries, as a nationalist in Nigeria Youth Movement in which he rose to become Western Provincial Secretary. Awolowo was responsible for much of the progressive social legislation that has made Nigeria a great country .
He was the first leader of government business and Minister of local government and Finance , and first premier of Western Region under Nigeria’s parliamentary system, from 1952 to 1959.
He was the official leader of the opposition in the federal parliament to the Balewa government from 1959 to 1963 . Leader of Unity Party of Nigeria, 1979- 1983
Awolowo was an intellectual exhaust . He wrote many books where he exposed his views about Nigeria . Many of his thoughts are still valid.