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Akinola Lasekan

Akinola Lasekan was born in Ipelle Ondo State in the year 1916. He was one of the pioneers of art in Nigeria, a self-taught painter, a renowned artist, author, book illustrator and first newspaper cartoonist in Nigeria.

Lasekan started his career as a textile designer, with a French Company in Lagos before he started book illustration or publishing companies. After this, he established an art studio and became an art teacher towards the end of 1941. At the age of 30 he went to study Commercial Art in England where he held a one-man exhibition in 1945. In 1962, he became a fellow of the Royal Society of arts and later became a lecturer in Art at Universities of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo Universtiy) and Nigeria Nsukka. He died in 1972.

Akinola Lasekan’s works include the Political cartoons which featured daily in WEST AFRICAN PILOT newspaper founded by Dr. Nnamdi Azikwe before Independence, An oil painting called “The last political mission of Herbert Macaulay”, The story of Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe in oil in canvas, and A pictorial and historical composition entitled “The return of Ajaka of Owo” painted in poster colour on paper among others.