You can tell a lot about a nation by the names it gives its streets…..intellectuals, heroes, pioneers or even in honour of a vanished past.
Its also interesting, as it can show how society changes and what it places it’s values on over the ages.

Having your name on a street is one of the highest honours a nation can bestow on an individual, it often recognises the outstanding work or service an individual has contributed to society.
I will be posting a series of pictures of people who have had streets named after them .
Hopefully it will remind and inspire us

Karimu Kotun

Karimu Kotun, General Merchant of 3 Dosumu Street.

Karimu Kotun was born in Lagos, in 1881 and was the second son of Braimah Kotun.

He started business in cotton goods, immediately after leaving school in1896.
In 1910 he became the sole agent for Messrs E. H. Stein & Co., of Liverpool, but the firm closed due to the war. They recommended him to Messrs S. L. Behrens Ltd. Manchester and he represented them well but due to shipping difficulties he found it better suited to his interests to be an independent contractor in 1919.
In 1907 he was appointed President of the first Mohammedan Cricket Club in Lagos; He became Managing Director of the Alowolagba Society 1913 and in 1919 was appointed by the members of the Lagos community in succession to the late Adolphus B. Martin, as private secretary to His Royal Highness Prince Eshugbayi Eleko

Delo Dosumu

Delo Dosumu, B.A., Produce Dealer and General Merchant , Idunmagbo Street Lagos.

Mr Delo Dosumo was born in Ijebu Remo. After his initial education in Lagos , he went to England in 1908 to continue his studies, and graduated with a B.A, with Honours in Philosophy at London University in 1912. He returned to Lagos the following year to start in business. He was described as an ” excellent type of educated and progressive Nigerian” 

David Evaristo Akerele

David Evaristo Akerele, Produce Dealer and General Merchant. 4 Balogun Street

Mr Akerele was born in Lagos in 1876, and began his career as a clerk in the Government services, first in the railway department and afterwards in the Attorney- General’s office. In 1906 he commenced business on his own account as a general contractor to the Government, and in 1909 he established his Balogun street business.

Mr George S. A Da Costa

Mr George S. A Da Costa in 1920s Lagos was the best known photographer.
Born in Lagos 1853,he received his education at the C.M.S training institution. He was appointed manager at C.M.S bookshop 1877 and held it till 1895, when he resigned and became an exponent of photography.The excellence of his work was duly recognised by the government , who entrusted to him the photography contracts of such projects like the construction of railway in Jebba and later in Kaduna

Mr L. A.Cardoso

Mr L. A.Cardoso.
Born in 1865 and educated in St Gregory’s Grammar School. After thirteen years as a school master he relinquished his scholastic trade in 1893 for the more lucrative field of commerce.As well as being an import and exportmerchant, farmer ( 600 acres farming cocoa) he was also a licensed auctioneer at his 23, Bamgbose Street address, it was said that ” at his auction sales on Mondays and Thursdays the things that come under his hammer ranged throughout the entire gamut of human requirement, with results satisfactory to all concerned”

Adenyi Jones

Adenyi Jones, M.B., B.S

Dr Adenyi Jones was born in Waterloo, Sierra Leone, in 1876, and was first educated at the Sierra Leone Grammar School.
In 1906 he went to England to attend Durham University. Taking his degrees as M.B and B.S., He extended his professional knowledge and experience at the Rotunda Hospital Dublin, The West London Hospital, Hammersmith as well as the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, under Sir Robert Boyce.
When he returned to Lagos he started his private practise and in 1914 he built his house and attached to his dwelling, he built an “excellent ” private hospital, with an operating theatre, and wards for male and female patients.

To be continued…….

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