Adeniran Ogunsanya

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Adeniran Ogunsanya (January 31, 1918-November, 1996) was a Nigerian lawyer, politician and administrator who served as a former minister of Housing and Survey towards the end of the Nigerian first republic. He was later a Lagos state commissioner for Justice and Education.

During the second republic, Ogunsanya was chairman of the Nigerian People's Party.

Early and personal life

Ogunsanya was born in Ikorodu, Lagos to the family of the late prince Suberu Ogunsanya Oguntade, who was the Odofin of Ikorodu. He later married Christiana Ade King. He received his primary and secondary education from various schools in Lagos and Calabar including King's College, Lagos and the Hope Waddell Training Institute, Calabar. He also attended the Government School, Lagos before proceeding to study abroad at Manchester University and Gray's Inn School of Law.

Political life

Ogunsanya served as a member of the National Executive Committee of the National Council of Nigeria and the Cameroons in the mids 1950s. He also served as the president of the Zikist National Vanguard, an organization founded around 1955 during the midst of a commission of inquiry into activities of the minster of Finance of the Eastern region. He was also president of the NCNC Youth Association and was the opposition leader in the Lagos Town Council. In 1959, he became a member of parliament.

During the second republic, Ogunsanya was a leader of the Lagos progressive, one of the three groups that merged to become NPP; during a power struggle with Waziri Ibrahim, he was one of the prominent Zik loyalists who supported the former NCNC leader. (2) He ran under the banner of NPP for the Lagos government house but lost to Lateef Jakande. He later became the chairman of NPP succeeding Olu Akinfosile.


  • (1)Richard Sklar. Nigerian Political Parties: Power in an Emergent African Nation.
  • (2)Brain May. The Third World Calamity. p 184-185