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Amodu Tijani, Chief Oluwa of Lagos, Foreign dignitary

Sitter in 4 portraits
Idejo Chief who controlled a series of villages and towns in the Lagos area. Held strong nationalist views, arguing that the colonial government had no authority to interfere with the Oba's (ruler of Lagos) rule. In 1920 Oluwa and Nigerian nationalist, Herbert Macaulay, visited the Privy Council in London to defend the Oba's right of ownership to land the colonial government had appropriated. The Council ruled in their favour. This case proved to be a landmark in Nigerian history as it recognised the Chiefs as absolute owners of the land. Songs and poems were later composed in Oluwa's honour.

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Amodu Tijani, Chief Oluwa of Lagos

by Bassano Ltd
vintage print, 12 July 1920
NPG x84007

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Amodu Tijani, Chief Oluwa of Lagos

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 12 July 1920
NPG x75017

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Amodu Tijani, Chief Oluwa of Lagos

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 12 July 1920
NPG x75018

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Amodu Tijani, Chief Oluwa of Lagos

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 12 July 1920
NPG x75019