Afolabi Olabimtan

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Afolabi Olabimtan
Senator for Ogun West
In office
29 May 1999 – 29 May 2003
Succeeded by Iyabo Anisulowo
Personal details
Born June 11, 1932
Ogun State, Nigeria
Died August 27, 2003

Afolabi Olabimtan (June 11, 1932 - August 27, 2003) was a Nigerian politician, writer, and academic.[1] He was born in Ogun State and was later the senator for Ogun West from 1999 to 2003. He died in a motor accident in August 2003.[2]

Olabimtan achieved a PhD at the University of Lagos in African Languages.[1] He became an expert in the Yoruba language, and wrote a number of novels in the tongue, such as Kekere Ekun in 1967 and Ayanmo in 1973.

In 1999, Olabimatan was elected as a senator for the Alliance for Democracy party for Ogun West. He served just one term, standing down in 2003 in order to allow a younger successor to take his place.[3] Later in the same year he was killed in a motor accident.

His death preceded the release of his autobiography, The Graces, the Grass and the Gains. This contained the claim that, in a 1994 meeting, a number of Yoruba leaders had supported the continued imprisonment of Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola, in return for bribes in the form of money and political positions.[2][4] Those accused of attending the meeting, such as Ebenezer Babatope, have denied knowledge of it.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Nigerian Congress:Senators of the Fourth Republic (1999-2001)". Retrieved 2006-08-01. 
  2. ^ a b c Aminu, Adedayo (2003-10-30). "Abiola detention saga: My story —BABATOPE". Retrieved 2006-08-01. 
  3. ^ Lohor, Josephine (2004-11-15). "Olabimtan: Obasanjo Condoles Daniel". Thisday. Retrieved 2006-08-01. 
  4. ^ Shittu, Sola (2003-10-03). "Secret document exposes Yoruba betrayal of MKO". Retrieved 2006-08-01.