Meet SANNI HABEEB ABIODUN, an Academic Staff of Lagos State University.


My Area Of Specialization Are Lagos History, Cultural History, Developmental Studies, Biographical Studies, Politics And Yoruba History.


Associate Professor / Reader


History and International Relations


At the History And International Relations department office

Visiting Hour

Appointment on Visitation important

Research Interest

Topic: Aborigines And Politics Of Exclusion In 21st Century Lagos


Politics in a developing country such as Nigeria is often tied to the benefits accruing to the individuals and the people in the immediate environment of the politicians. Unlike the advanced democracies of Western Europe and America, where political participation is based on the basis of residency, political participation in this part of the world is tied to the role of aborigines. This may seem extraneous in view of lack of provision for such role in laws guiding political participation in the country. However, this has become the norm in most states of Nigeria where political appointment is tied to place of origin. Thus, a non-indigene of a state may participate in the politics of his place of residence, but may be screened out of elective position. The situation in Lagos State is however different. Politics of Lagos seems to have been determined largely in favour of non-indigenes who often takes the juicy elective /political positions.  This paper therefore examines factors that has over time led to the exclusion of the aborigines of Lagos in politics. The research adopted historical qualitative and analytical methods, using primary and secondary sources that were subjected to scrutiny prior to arriving at conclusion. The paper concludes that the preeminent position of Lagos as pivot of political agitation was one of the factors responsible for its present position.



# Certificate SchoolYear
1. Ph.D (History and developmental studies of Lagos..) University of Ibadan 2016

Current Research

Epetedo: Land Contestation in Colonial Lagos

Research Details

Epetedo is one of the major quarters in Lagos society, established in 1862 following the peace agreement between the erstwhile King Kosoko and Governor John Hawley Glover, the Colonial governor of Lagos (1862-73). It was a settlement founded ostensibly to resettle the followers of Kosoko who were displaced following the British bombardment of Lagos in December 1851. The leader of the settlement was Oshodi Landuji Tapa, Kosoko’s war chief and diplomat who eventually became the friend of Glover and was to lead the returnees to serve as counter-weight to King Dosumu’s seeming recalcitrance in the build up to the peace agreement. However, by 1869, each of the compounds that were founded at this settlement were encouraged to seek for Crown Grants in respect of the land and each of them were so granted by Glover’s administration. The land was to be at the centre of a dispute between Oshodi Tapa descendants and other 19 owners of the compounds at Epetedo, leading to  the establishment of Sir Melvin Tew;s public Inquiry of 1939. This paper therefore examines the various issues surrounding the Epetedo land within the framework of contestation by the local immigrants. The paper relied mainly on primary sources based on archival materials, oral interviews, newspapers and ephemerals. It concludes that despite the opinion of Sir Melvin Tew, the Epetedo land issue served as a major landmark in British misunderstanding of native land tenure system in Lagos society.

Keywords: Epetedo, Land, Contestation, Kosoko, returnees.


SANNI HABEEB is a Associate Professor / Reader at the Department of History and International Relations

SANNI has a Ph.D in History and developmental studies of Lagos.. from University of Ibadan

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