Banji Akintoye, professor emeritus and former senator has emerged as the leader of the Yoruba Nation following his election at Ibadan, the capital of Yorubaland.
The emeritus professor and second republic senator was nominated by the Chief Imam Yoruba of Ilorin, Alhaji Sheik Abdulrahem Aduranigba of United Yoruba Kingdom and was seconded by Prof. Kayode Ogundoro of Alliance for Yoruba Unity and Integration.
According to Wikipedia: “Stephen Adebanji Akintoye, also known as S. Banji Akintoye (born 1935), is a Nigerian-born academic, historian and writer. He attended Christ’s School, Ado Ekiti, Nigeria from 1951–1955, and studied history at the University College, . . . Ibadan (1956–1961), and doctoral studies from 1963-1966 at the University of Ibadan, where he was awarded a PhD in History in 1966.
“He taught at the History Department at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, where he became a professor and Director of the Institute of African Studies from 1974-1977. He has also taught African History in universities in the United States including the University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida; Montgomery County Community College, PA, and Eastern University, St. Davids, Pennsylvania.
“Akintoye has written four books, chapters in many joint books, and several articles in scholarly journals. He took a leading part for some time in the politics of Nigeria and served on the Nigerian Senate from 1979–1983 during the Second Republic.”
It is widely believed that Professor Akintoye will work with other well-meaning stakeholders to advance Yoruba interests with his education, integrity and experience. It is also expected that all progressives and lovers of freedom will apply themselves to this new era.