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Adeyinka Oyekan’s biography, fact, career, awards, net worth and life story

IntroObas of Lagos
From Nigeria
Gendermale
Birth

30 June 1911, Lagos, Lagos State, Nigeria

Death

1 March 2003, Lagos, Lagos State, Nigeria
(aged 91 years)

Adeyinka Oyekan (Oyekan II) (June 30, 1911 – March 1, 2003) was Oba of Lagos from 1965 to 2003.

Early life and education

Adeyinka’s father was a Methodist teacher, Prince Kusanu Abiola Oyekan. Adeyinka Oyekan attended the Methodist Boys High School and King’s College, Lagos before studying Pharmacy at Yaba College of Higher Education. A devout Christian, he was a member of the Tinubu Methodist Church and former Sunday School teacher.

Career

In 1965, Adeyinka was installed Oba and subsequently became a member of the Western House of Chiefs; this was during a crisis in the western region of Nigeria which resulted in loss of lives. He reigned as Lagos Monarch from 1965 till 2003. Adeyinka Oyekan was the second Christian Oba of Lagos, the first being Ibikunle Akitoye. He was considered a pacifist and bridge builder during his reign. Adeyinka Oyekan was also a pharmacist under the Methodist Mission at Amachara and Umuahia in the then East Central State of Nigeria. During World War II, he served as a sergeant in the Third Field Ambulance 81st (W.A.) Division. After his military service he was employed with the Lagos State Ministry of Health.