List of Prominent People in Oyo State

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A lot of Prominent People in Oyo State have made quite an impact in the Nigerian socio-political, entertainment and economic landscape. They have achieved greatness through imbibing the culture of hard work, determination, persistence and courage. They deserve to be celebrated and lauded for their accomplishments.

Where is Oyo state?

The Oyo state is a state in Nigeria, that is located in the Southwestern part of the country. It is bordered by Kwara, Osun, Ogun states in the north, east, south and west respectively. The state also shares a border with Republic of Benin.  Its capital city is in Ibadan, and it has a population of close to six million persons. Seyi Makinde was elected the governor of the state in the gubernatorial 2019 elections.

List of Prominent People in Oyo State

Lamidi Adeyemi III

Prominent People in Oyo State
Lamidi Adeyemi III

Lamidi Adeyemi III is the Alaafin of Oyo, and one of the most respected and highly regarded individuals in the entire country. He is a first-class king and his considered among the custodian of the Yoruba culture and tradition. He is 81 years old and emerged as the king at the youthful age of 32. He was born on 15 October 1938.

Joseph Adebayo Adelakun

Joseph Adebayo Adelakun

 

Joseph Adebayo Adelakun is a Yoruba gospel singer, who began his music career in 1976 at the Christ Apostolic Church, Kaduna. In 1984, he founded his music group called “Ayewa Gospel Music Ministry”. He is a popular and widely recognized singer and owns more than 30 albums to his credit.

Saliu Adetunji

Prominent People in Oyo State
Saliu Adetunji

Born in 1928, Saliu Adetunji who currently is 41st Olubadan of Ibadan. Before that, he was an avid musician and great entertainer who founded his first record label imprint in 1960.

Rashidi Adewolu Ladoja

Rashidi Adewolu Ladoja
Rashidi Adewolu Ladoja

Rashidi Adewolu Ladoja is among the Prominent People in Oyo State. He is a politician and a one-time governor of Oyo state in 2003, though impeached. After his secondary school education in Nigeria, he earned his first degree in Belgium and worked for a couple of private businesses before becoming a senator in the botched first republic.

He was governorship candidate for the accord party in the 2011 and 2015 gubernatorial elections in Oyo state, in which he lost.

Christopher Alao-Akala

Prominent People in Oyo State
Christopher Alao-Akala

Born in Ogbomosho, Christopher is a politician who emerged as a governor in Oyo state in 2006. He worked in the public services for years, attaining the rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police before retirement in 1995. He is an astute businessman and owns parrot FM in Oyo. He is married with seven children and was born in 1950.

Lamidi Adedibu

Lamidi Adedibu

He was a Kingmaker and respectable politician, who was described by political pundit as an ‘aristocrat powerbroker‘ He has been in the Nigerian political landscape since in the 1950s. He had been described as the ‘strongman of Ibadan politics’. He was among the most Prominent People in Oyo State.

Monsurat Sunmonu

Prominent People in Oyo State
Monsurat Sunmonu

Monsurat Sunmonu is a former senator and has served as the first female speaker of the Oyo state house of assembly. She is among the most Prominent People in Oyo State. She is an alumnus of London school of accountancy, for which she took a course. She was born in 1960.

Ayinde Barrister

Ayinde Barrister

Ayinde Barrister is a popular musician and a pioneer of the fuji genre of music. He is one of the most Prominent People in Oyo State. He has over 60 music albums in his music collection. Born in 1948, he has made a lot of sold-out shows in London and Paris.