Kolawole Balogun

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Kolawole Balogun (1922-2002) was a Nigerian lawyer and politician who is the scion of a legal family. He was a founding member of the Zikist movement in the 1940s and later became a federal minister of Labour and the national secretary of N.C.N.C. He was also in charge of the nation's federal information dissemination and research organ in the 50s.


Kolawole was born on April 11, 1922 to M.A. Balogun of Otan Aiyegbaju, Osun State. He started his education at St Paul's Catholic School, Lagos, and then attended St Saviour's Anglican School, Agege, Lagos, St Patrick's Catholic School, Zaria, St Augustine's Catholic School, Ibadan and the Government College, Ibadan. He was later an external student of the University College, London and finished with a law degree.

He started work prior to finishing his secondary studies at Government College , Ibadan. He took an opportunity to work for the United African Company in 1943, though he continued his education through private studies and completed his matriculation exam in 1944. Later in life, he earned a masters degree at Ife and a PHd at Ibadan.

He joined politics full time in the 1950s as a member of the NCNC. He also established a law practice with the future Chief Justice, Mr Sowemimo.


  • Tunji Adeyemi. 'TRIBUTE: KOLA BALOGUN, LIFE COMMITTED TO POLITICS', Thisday, February 4, 2003.