Chief Samuel ladoke Akintola:The Celebrated Prime Minister of Western Nigeria.

Chief Samuel ladoke Akintola:The Celebrated Prime Minister of Western Nigeria.

Samuel Ládòkè Akíntọ́lá or “S.L.A.”was a celebrated Nigerian politician of Yoruba extraction. He was the prime minister of Western Nigeria and is fondly renowned for his great oratorical skills and recognizable Yoruba tribal facial marks.
He held the highly revered title of Aare Ona Kakanfo XIII of Yorubaland. The powerful Yoruba politician was one of an early victim of the January 1966 military coup in Nigeria that took the life of Sardauna of Sokoto and premier of Northern Nigeria, Sir Ahmadu Bello and Premier of federal and independent Nigeria Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa.
Chief Akintola was born to Yoruba parents in Ògbómòsó on July 6, 1910. He had his basic school education in local area and proceeded to a Training College. In 1930 Akintola became a teacher and engaged in his career as teacher from 1930`s to early 1940s. He left teaching to study public administration and law in England and returned to Nigeria in 1950’s a qualified lawyer. Upon his return, he teamed up with other educated Nigerians from the Western Region to form the Action Group (AG) under the leadership of Chief Obafemi Awolowo. As the deputy leader of the AG party, he did not serve in the regional government headed by its premier Chief Awolowo, but served as the parliamentary leader of his party in the House of Representatives of Nigeria. At the federal level he served as Minister for Health and later Minister for Communications and Aviation. Read more

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