Lateef Jakande Biography, Age, Career and Death

Lateef Jakande Biography

Lateef Kayode Jakande also known as Baba Kekere was a Nigerian Journalist and politician. He was the first civilian governor of Lagos state and a Minister of Works under the Sani Abacha. Lateef Jakande was born on 23rd July 1929 in Lagos State.

Lateef Jakande Profile


Lateef Jakande

Real Name

Lateef Kayode Jakande

Date of Birth

23rd July 1929


91 years (2021)

State of Origin

Kwara State






Journalist, Politician

Known for

First Civilian Governor of Lagos


Alhaja Abimbola Sikirat Jakande


11th February, 2021

Net Worth


Educational Background

Jakande attended Lagos public school at Enu-Owa before proceeding to Bunham Memorial Methodist School, Port Harcourt.

He attended King’s College, Lagos in 1943, and then Ilesha Grammar School in 1945.

Lateef Jakande education


Jakande began his career as a journalist in 1949. He worked with Daily Service but left for Nigerian Tribune in 1953.

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Jakande was appointed the Editor-in-Chief for National Tribune in 1956.

In 1975, he left Tribunes to launch John West Publications where he published Lagos News.

Lateef Jakande Career

He was the pioneer president of the Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN).

Governor of Lagos State

In 1979, Jakande ran for the office of the Lagos State Governor under the Unity Party of Nigeria(UPN) platform. He defeated his closest rivals Adeniran Ogunsanya of NPP and Sultan Ladega Adeniji Adele of National Party of Nigeria. He was sworn in as the Governor of Lagos State.

As Governor of Lagos State, Jakande established the Lagos State University (LASU) as well as constructed 30000 housing units across Amuwo-Odofin, Ijaiye, Dolphin, Oke-Afa, Ije, Abesan, Iponri, Ipaja, Abule Nla, Epe, Anikantamo, Surulere, Iba, Ikorodu and Badagry.

He established 23 local governments in the state but was later disbanded by the military governments. Other projects carried out by Jakande are General Hospital in Gbagada and Ikorodu, 20 health centres across the state and metro line project.

Later Career

In 1983, Gen. Buhari took over power and arrested, charged, prosecuted and convicted Jakande for treason. However, he was later pardoned.

In 1993, Jakande was appointed the Minister for Works by Gen Sani Abacha.

Jakande was a senior member of All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) when the UNPP and APP merged. He was suspended in 2002 by a faction of the party loyal to Chief Lanre Razaq.

He was the pioneer chairman and one of the founding members of the Action Party of Nigeria (APN) in 2006.

Personal life

Lateef Jakande wife

Jakande was married to Alhaja Abimbola Sikirat Jakande with children.


Jakande died on 11th February 2021 at the age of 91.


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