Remi Fani-Kayode

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Remi Ade Fani-Kayode (1922) was a Nigerian politician and member of the kayode family from Ife. He is the father of Rotimi Fani-Kayode. During the Nigerian First republic, he was deputy premier and minister of Local Government in the Western region and later acquired the title of balogun of Ife. Also, during the republic, he sometimes towed the lines of Pan Africanism as evident in his book, 'Blackism', which called for a unified African society. (1)

Life

Fani-Kayode was born on December 22, 1921 in London. He is the grandson of Rev Kayode of Ife, a pioneer C.M.S. catechist at Ife and an adviser to the Olubuse of ife. He attended C.M.S. Grammar School, Lagos and King's College before heading to Cambridge University for his university and post graduate degree. He was a lawyer by training and owned a fairly prominent law practice during the 1950s and after the military incursion into political administration.

Fani-Kayode's experience with politics started with his membership of the Action Group's Youths Association culminating with his rise to head to association. He was also a member of the Federal House of Representatives representing the Ife Division. His zenith in Nigerian politics was in the 1960s, when he was an opposition leader in the Western House of Assembly. After a state of emergency was lifted in 1963, he was nominated to be the deputy premier of the Western region.

During the later part of the 1950s, he was in opposition to the traditional authorities at Ife, which saw him lose the support of the Action Group leader, Awolowo. It was during the time, Fani-Kayode noticed his main support was now coming largely from the Modakeke area which was in alliance with the NCNC led by Adegoke Adelabu and has had a history of conflict with Ife.

Fani-Kayode married Aurora Fanimokun, daughter of Rev Fanimokun. During the second republic, he was a vice president of the National Party of Nigeria.




References

  • (1)Amy Garvey. Philosophy and Opinions of Marcus Garvey: Or Africa for the Africans, Intro.