Obafemi Awolowo and His Contributions to Socio Economic Development of Nigeria: 1948-1966


Obafemi Awolowo and His Contributions to Socio – Economic Development of Nigeria: 1948-1966


Buhari, L.O.

Department of History and International Studies, Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti


International Journal of Trade and Policy

This study examines the personality and contributions of Chief Obafemi Awolowo to socio – economic development of Nigerian between 1948 and 1966.. The study found out that Chief Obafemi Awolowo was a Nigerian nationalist and statesman who played a significant role in Nigeria’s independence movement during First and Second Republics. The study notes that Chief Obafemi Awolowo was thrice a major contender for Nigeria’s highest office. He was a key player in the intra-party power tussle that erupted in 1962 that led to disturbances in Western Region House of Assembly. Also, the study examines major challenges faced by Chief Obafemi Awolowo and how he eventually became the Federal Commissioner of Finance and the Vice Chairman of the Federal Executive Council in 1966. The study employs primary and secondary source materials including books, journal articles and other scholarly publications to interrogate the study. It concludes that Awolowo was responsible for much of the progressive social legislation that made Nigeria a modern nation today.


Keywords: Nigeria, Obafemi Awolowo, Yoruba, Nation, Politics.

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Buhari, L.O. Obafemi Awolowo and His Contributions to Socio – Economic Development of Nigeria: 1948-1966. International Journal of Trade and Policy, 2018,1:6.


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