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Oba Samuel Adeyemi, Adelabu-George I (HRH)[edit]

(HRH) Ewi Samuel Adeyemi, George-Adelabu I (1984–1988): Born in May 1932 to Prince Oguntomilade George-Adelabu and Elizabeth Omorinola George-Adelabu, a princess from Ise-Ekiti. Ewi Samuel Adeyemi George's grandfather, Prince Ali Adelabu, the royal son of King Ali Atewogboye, the Ewi of Ado-Ekiti between 1836 and 1886 was larger than life itself, the only Prince of Ado-Ekiti to ride around on a white horse before the introduction of motor cars to our society by the colonial masters, he was the definition of majesty and reportedly, also a very handsome man. His highness, Samuel Adeyemi George-Adelabu went to Emmanuel School in 1939 and finished in 1946, he was a bright student. He finished primary school in 7 years, then was a record as pupils usually went through about nine or ten classes. Some of Prince (Yemi George)'s (as he was known then) classmates and great friends are Chief Afe Babalola, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Chief SPA Ajibade also a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (Great,Great grandson to King Atewogboye and one of the sons of Joshua Ajibade, the Egbedi of Oke Ewi Ado Ekiti 1948-1965). His Highness taught at St. Andrew's School, Oke-Ila, literally testing the river-bed of life, he went farther in his education. In 1951, he was admitted to Zik's Academy, Sapele, then a part of the old Western region, now in Edo State. Among his teachers in this institution were Hon. Justice Olakunle Orojo, the chief judge of Ondo State at the time and Late J.O Olokesusi. His highness finished Secondary School education in 1954. He was admitted to the University of Lagos in September 1954 to study law and obtained his LLB degree in June 1966. He spent the following year, 1966-1967 at the Nigerian Law School and became a Solicitor and an advocate of the Supreme court of Nigeria.

His Highness Samuel Adeyemi George-Adelabu went into private legal practice immediately after he graduated from the Nigerian Law School, in November 1969 he was appointed the company Secretary and legal adviser of Western Textile Industry, a joint venture of Mr. Nagaty and Western State government. When Mr Nagaty, an American businessman, was deported, his highness took charge. Western textile industry went through a teething period especially in the early 1970s, the local community had high hopes for the first and only industry in their midst and they trusted in no-one but his highness to help turn it around to which he did a great job. His highness saw the company through many lean periods and finally left in June 1974 to create his own law practice. His highness was a member of many cultural and social organizations. He was a member of the Nigerian Bar Association, a patriotic citizen of Ado-Ekiti, an Executive committee member of Ado progressive union, a foundation and very articulate member of Inland club, Ado-Ekiti; a club that happens to be the premier social club in all of Ekiti. He was elected the president of the club in 1971 and remained in that leadership until 1975. He was a founding member of the Ado-Ekiti chapter of World-Wide Rotary club. He was also the Secretary and legal Adviser to Yoruba council of Kings, and he was the president of All Ekiti council of Kings.

His highness Samuel Adeyemi George-Adelabu was a much traveled man. He travelled the world with his kids Prince Adekunle George, a lecturer at Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education, Ijanikin, Lagos State, Prince Adedapo Myles George, founder and owner of [1] a renewables energy company. His highness gave his kids the best of everything, he believed in solid education and an unconditional love of family. His hobbies include football, lawn tennis and billiards, table tennis etc. He helped shape and put Ado-Ekiti on the map, passed on as we never say a king dies, but passes on in Yoruba and Ekiti tradition; in 1988. Ado-Ekiti was never the same and he will forever be missed but his legacy remains and he is hopefully living through his children and grand-Children.

Notable Ado-Ekiti Sons and Daughters: Contemporary and Late[edit]

Cannon J Adesuyi Ajayi (Clergyman, one of Ekiti pioneer Christian missionaries, educationist, author, politician, represented Ekiti as Action Group, Member of the Western House of Representatives 1951-56,founder Ado-Progressive union; Chief Ranti Adeyinka; High Chief J.E. Babatola, the Olora (1st Ado-Ekiti Graduate College Principal, Regional Minister in the Cabinets of Chiefs Awolowo from 1957 to 1963, Former Commissioner in the Western State of Nigeria and Former President of the Cooperative Federation of Nigeria, the ICA West African Regional Council and 1st Black African elected on International Cooperative Alliance - ICA Executive); Lt-Col Francis Adekunle Fajuyi(First Military Governor of the Western Region) decorated officer, a national symbol of valor and gallantry who was assassinated with his Supreme Commander, Major Gen J.T.U. Aguiyi-Ironsi on 29th July, 1966; Chief Alex Olu Ajayi (First University graduate of Ado Ekiti B.A.(Hons) Dunelm/Fourah Bay College in 1953, pioneer educationist and University administrator); Professor (Former Senator) Banji Akintoye - historian; Professor G J Afolabi Ojo (Geographer and Author, pioneer professor, first VC of Nigerian Open university); Aare Afe Babalola (SAN, CON, OFR) - Legal Luminary and founder Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti; Dr. Afolabi Ogunlusi - one of the earliest Medical Doctors in Ekiti; Archdeacon (Dr) Dapo Ajayi; pioneer principal of many secondary schools in Ekiti and International School Ibadan, and Cambridge university alumnus, past President Nigerian conference of Principals; Professor Ogunlana; Engr.(Professor) Samuel Akinlabi Ola (First Professor of Geotecnical Engineering in Africa/Nigeria); Professor R.O.F Ola (Professor of Public Administration); Chief Dr. J.G.O. Adegbite (First Registrar of Ekiti State University); Chief Dele Falegan - Federal Mortgage bank Managing Director and Entrepreneur; Prince Julius Adeluyi (Juli-Pharmacy) Pharmacy chain proprietor and former Federal Minister; Professor Isola Olomola - Professor of History and former Commissioner; Professor MA Makinde (Professor of philosophy); Dr Oguntoye; Economist; Chief Mrs Bola Adenuga (née Falegan) (business Entrepreneur), Professor (Mrs) Dupe Adelabu ( Education), Professor Fasubaa (Obstetrician and Gynecologist), Professor Adesuyi Ajayi -(author,award winning researcher,cardiologist and clinical pharmacologist; Col. S.A. Babatola (1st Nigerian Paymaster of Nigerian Army); Engineer Abe John, Senator Femi Ojudu (Democracy activist and fearless journalist, jailed by tyrant Abacha representing the Action Congress Party of Nigeria in the National Assembly); Alhaji Fashola (grandfather of the Governor Gani Fashola of Lagos State, and Oluyemi Kayode an Olympic silver medalist in the 4x 400 relay race in whose memory the Oluyemi Kayode stadium at Ado-Ekiti was named; Chief S.P.A Ajibade, SAN and last Attorney General and commissioner of Justice for defunct Western State of Nigeria (1975–1976; His son, Dr. Babatunde Ajibade -SAN was also elected to Chair the Capital Market Solicitors Association of Nigeria(CMSA) on 9 December 2010; Alhaji Chief Shehu Ajijola (former Petroleum magnate); Alhaj Chief Ilyas Olaseni - Seriki Musulumi and the son, Dr. Olaseni, Deputy Rector, YABATECH; Chief Adebayo Ajibade (Adamite Construction), first son of the late Chief Egbedi Joshua Ojo Ajibade to mention a few.