Chief Obafemi Awolowo Jeremiah Oyeniyi was a Journalist, Lawyer, Nigerian Nationalist, Statesman born on the 6th of March 1909. Obafemi Awolowo was well- known for his pivotal role in the Nigerian Independence Movement, the Civil War, and the First and Second Republics of Nigeria.
Chief Obafemi Awolowo before his death, which was on the 9th of May 1987. Obafemi was a Federal Commissioner for Finance between 1967 to 1971.
During his days as a youth, Chief Awolowo was quite active in his journalism field. He was involved in editing and the publication of the Nigerian Worker and many more.
He was the very first Premier of the Western Region even before he became the Federal commissioner for finance as well as the Vice Chairman of the Federal Executive Council during the Nigerian Civil War.
Awolowo further became the first leader of government business and also minister of Local Government and finance. Following his death, Chief Obafemi was honored by being featured on the 100 Naira banknote from 1999 to the present.
Having had a brief insight into who Awolowo is and certain positions he occupied, let the US take a look at his unforgivable sins.
– Chief Obafemi Awolowo, being a very influential and powerful man, if I might add, was seen by some social class of Yoruba people with superior intellectuals, as a great hindrance. They claimed all his work and vision highly fueled the hindrance and obstruction of the feudal agenda against his fellow Yoruba’ s.
– When Chief Obafemi Awolowo became Premier of the Western Region, his regime sparked rivalry and fear in the hearts of capitalists and feudalists as the claim that he came across as a great danger- Chief Obafemi Awolowo, as most of us know, was quite big on quality education for everyone, regardless of social status.
This act, however, was strongly frowned upon by many, particularly the Fulani Elites who strongly kicked against equality amongst men and education.
– Obafemi Awolowo was said to be one of the key advisors to the Nigerian government who led to the Igbo food blockade during the Biafran Civil War.
He strongly fought against sitting in the Nigerian capital on Victoria Island in Lagos, Nigeria.