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Oba Adeyinka Oyekan II
Oba of Lagos
Preceded by Adeniji Adele
Succeeded by Rilwan Akiolu
Personal details
Born Adeyinka Oyekan
(1911-06-30)30 June 1911
(N.S.: 30 June 1911)
Lagos, Nigeria
Died March 1, 2003(2003-03-01) (aged 91)
Religion Christianity

Adeyinka Oyekan II (June 30, 1911 – March 1, 2003) was Oba of Lagos from 1965 to 2003. He was the grandson of Oba Oyekan I.[1]

Early life and education

Adeyinka's father was a Methodist teacher, Prince Kusanu Abiola Oyekan.[2] Adeyinka Oyekan attended the Methodist Boys High School and King's College, Lagos before studying Pharmacy at Yaba College of Higher Education. A devout Christian, he was a member of the Tinubu Methodist Church and former Sunday School teacher.[2]


After graduating from Yaba Higher College, Adeyinka was employed at General Hospital, Lagos in 1933.[3]

In 1965, Adeyinka was installed Oba and subsequently became a member of the Western House of Chiefs; this was during a crisis in the western region of Nigeria which resulted in loss of lives. He reigned as Lagos Monarch from 1965 till 2003. Adeyinka Oyekan was the second Christian Oba of Lagos, the first being Ibikunle Akitoye.[2] He was considered a pacifist and bridge builder during his reign.[4] Adeyinka Oyekan was also a pharmacist under the Methodist Mission at Amachara and Umuahia in the then East Central State of Nigeria. During World War II, he served as a sergeant in the Third Field Ambulance 81st (W.A.) Division. After his military service he was employed with the Lagos State Ministry of Health.[2]


A prominent descendant is his son, Oba Mobandele Oyekan of Ilado, whose official title is Onilado of Ilado.


  1. Moshood Ademola Fayemiwo, PhD; Margie Neal-Fayemiwo, Ed.D. ASIWAJU: The Biography of Bolanle Ahmed Adekunle Tinubu. Strategic Book Publishing & Rights Agency, 2017. pp. 288. ISBN 9781946539434. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Folami, Takiu. A History of Lagos, Nigeria: The Shaping of an African City. Exposition Press, 1982. p. 91. ISBN 9780682497725. 
  3. Musliu Olaiya Anibaba (2003). A Lagosian of the 20th century: an autobiography. Tisons Limited. p. 102. ISBN 978-9-783-5571-16. 
  4. THISDAYonline Archived September 30, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.

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