Emmanuel Okunowo

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Emmanuel Okusanya Okunowo (1906) was a Nigerian businessman, a politician, philanthropist and damask merchant who was represented the Ijebu Central constituency in the Federal House of Representatives during the Nigerian first republic. While at the parliament, he sometimes bore an independent streak and took some position that were not in concert with some of his party's official lines.

'Papa' as he was fondly call him was born to Daddy Daniel and Mrs. Bernice Poroye Okunowo on the 17th of August 1905, he attended African church primary school Wasimi Ijebu-ode but couldn't complete his secondary education due to the demise of his father in 1920.

Okunowo served as a director in various firms including Nigerian Motor Industries, Nigerian Gas Corporation and C.T. Bowing. Hewas born in Ijebu-Ode and was later a prominent chief in the city. His father was Daniel Okunowo. He started work as a clerk with French Lines and later worked in the colonial office of the inland revenue departments.

He started his own firm, Okunowo Bros