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PLACE OF BIRTH:Ilesha
OCCUPATION: Nigerian politician, educationist, lawyer and leader
EDUCATION:London school of economics (lse) to study law. He departed from the shores of nigeria in december 1949 on board an ocean liner sailing along the westbound coast of africa to the uk.
He took and passed the llb (bachelor of laws) in june 1952. He passed the english bar exams, and almost immediately was invited to the bar association (inner temple). He was in fact the first ijesha man called to the english bar.
CAREER AND PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES: Chief babatunji olowofoyeku had arrived on the scene of nationalistic political activism by nigerians in london during his student days. Having had a first hand experience with the social injustices and powerlessness associated with his prejudicial treatment as a student at st. Andrew’s college, he was determined to find the right political platform to fight against the system that created it.
Urged by the nationalistic teachings of herbert macaulay, he became acquainted with dr nnamdi azikiwe, leader of the ncnc, through chief odeleye fadahunsi, another ijesha elder visiting london.
Chief babatunji olowofoyeku started his active political career after he returned to nigeria in 1952. He joined the ncnc and became an executive member of ncnc under dr nnamdi azikiwe in 1954. He was elected as chairman of ilesha urban district council (iudc) in 1956, and in the same year won his election to the western house of assembly by a landslide majority even without mounting a serious campaign.