Admiral Adekunle Shamusideen Lawal was born on 8 February 1934, in Lagos Nigeria. He was appointed military governor of Lagos State, Nigeria in July 1975 after the coup that brought General Murtala Muhammed to power. Admiral Lawal held the position of Lagos State Military Governor until 1977 when he was transferred to become governor of Imo State in 1977. He held this position until July 1978, after which he resumed his career in the Nigerian Navy.
Adekunle Shamusideen Lawal started his early education at Holy Cross Cathedral School, Lagos, Nigeria. His secondary education was completed at the Methodist Boys’ High School in Lagos, after which he went on to receive his Advanced Level Certificate of Education (A'Levels) in three subjects. He attended the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria, from where he graduated in 1963 with B.Sc.(Eng) Honors. Adekunle Lawal had a CMarEng and FIMarEng (Chartered and Fellow of the Institute of Marine Engineering). His additional professional naval designations include FSS and PSC.
Adekunle Shamusideen Lawal joined the Royal Nigerian Navy in September 1963 as a Sub-Lieutenant. In 1964 he was promoted to Lieutenant. In March 1964 he attended a Marine Engineering course with the Royal Naval Ships in Rotterdam, Holland. In 1966 he was promoted to Lieutenant Commander. From 1969 to 1971, Adekunle Lawal attended the Defence Naval Staff College in Wellington, India, where he received his M.Sc.(Eng). He was Chief of Material in the Nigerian Navy from 1973 to 1978 and was a member of the Supreme Military Council S.M.C. from 1972 to 1975 during the General Yakubu Gowon administration. He was also appointed to the Board of the Nigerian Port Authority as a full Board Member from 1972 to 1975. Adekunle Shamusideen Lawal also served as the Chief Engineer on numerous naval vessels including the NNS OGOJA, NNS BEECROFT and the NNS Nigeria during his time with the Nigerian Navy.
Adekunle Shamusideen Lawal voluntarily retired from the Nigerian Navy as an Admiral in 1980 and after an illness he died in November 1980. He is survived by his wife Mrs. Taiwo Adefunmilayo Lawal, whom he married in Lagos in 1965 and his six children.