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Erstwhile Lagos Governor Lateef Jakande, dies at 91


Alhaji Lateef Kayode Jakande is a former journalist who was governor of Lagos State in Nigeria from 1979 to 1983, and became Minister of Works under the Sani Abacha military regime, he was born 23 July 1929. and died 11th February, 2021.

Creekvibes finding reveals that, Lateef Kayode Jakande was an extraction of Epetedo area of Lagos Island, Lagos State, South-West Nigeria.

He studied at the Lagos public school at Enu-Owa, Lagos Island, then at Bunham Memorial Methodist School, Port Harcourt (1934–43). He studied briefly at King’s College, Lagos in 1943, and then enrolled at Ilesha Grammar School in 1945, where he edited a literary paper called The Quarterly Mirror.

In 1949, Jakande began a career in journalism first with the Daily Service and then in 1953 joining the Nigerian Tribune. In 1956 he was appointed editor-in-chief of the Tribune by the owner Chief Obafemi Awolowo. His editorials were factual and forthright, and were treated by the colonial powers with respect. After leaving the Tribune in 1975, Jakande established John West Publications and began to publish The Lagos News. He served as the first President of the Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN).