Adeniji Adele

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Sir Adeniji-Adele II, Oba of Lagos (1894-1964i

Adeniji Adele II (1893-1964) was a Nigerian paramount ruler who held the title of Oba of Lagos. He was chosen vice president of the Nigerian Senate in 1960 and was also the president of the Lagos Town Council at the time.

Adele was the second Oba of Lagos since the 1860's who was not a direct descendant of Oba Dosunmu. He was a grandson of Adele I who reigned in the mid 1800s and son of Brimah Adele.

Life

Adele attended Holy Trinity School, Ebute Ero, and then proceeded to the C.M.S. Grammar School, Lagos. He started work as a surveyor and draftsman in the survey dept in 1913 and through the dept, he was afforded the opportunity to travel around the country. During the onset of World War 1, he volunteered to work for the royal engineers service and was stationed in the Cameroons from 1914-1915. He then worked as a clerk and later assistant chief clerk in the Treasury department and at the national secretariat. From 1941-1949, he was an accountant of the treasury in Lagos and Kano. He was nominated as Oba of Lagos in 1949 but was crowned in 1952 as a result of challenges from the Docemo family. He was subsequently a member of the Western House of Chiefs and later in 1953, president of the Lagos Town Council.

Sir Adeniji-Adele II, Oba of Lagos (1894-1964), Ruler and Paramount Chief of Lagos..jpg

References

  • Oyewole. Historical Dictionary of Nigeria.