The Island Club is one of the oldest multinational clubs in Nigeria. Established on Friday, October 29, 1943, in Lagos Island, the club began as a cosmopolitan club comprising members of different nationalities, races, religions and political orientations. Adeyemo Alakija was the first president. Island Club started with 50 Nigerians and foreign gentlemen one of whom included former British Governor-General of Nigeria, Sir Arthur Richard. In its early stages of development and yesteryears, the club included Lagosian elites such as, politicians, lawyers, captains of industry, soldiers and other professionals among others, to socialize.
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