Chief Obafemi Awolowo’s Action Group: Where Are The Legacies Of This Old Political Party?

copy of a membership card of the defunct Action Group

This is a copy of a membership card of the defunct Action Group

Action Group was a political party formed by Late sage Chief Obafemi Awolowo. This party metamorphosed from Egbe Omo Oduduwa which was formed in 1947.

Awolowo and his political associates formed Action Group and was launched in 1952 at Owo in Ondo State

Some of the political associates of Chief Obafemi Awolowo then were Chief Bode Thomas, Chief J F Odunjo, Chief James Oladejo Adigun, Chief Alfred Rawene and Chief Anthony Enahoro.

Others are Joseph Tarka, Chief Adekule Ajasin, Chief Olaniun Ajayi, Chief Adeleke Adedoyin, Alhaji Lateef Jakande, Chief Michael Omisade, Chief Taiwo Oredehin, Chief Bola Ige Chief Bisi Onabanjo.

Chief Ladoke Akintola and Chief Remi Fani-Kayode were originally members of Action Group but later left the party. These are just few names my memory could assist me to write

This party formed the government in Western Nigeria in 1956. During this period, Western Nigeria witnessed tremendous progress and development.

This resulted in the establishment of the first Africa Television Station in Ibadan, the first Sports Stadium in Africa, Liberty Stadium in Ibadan, Cocoa House at Ibadan, establishment of University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife).

This government also established Housing estates like WEMABOD Housing Estate and also various forest reserves.

We also need to mention the likes of Farm Settlements and industrial estates created by the government formed by this political party

The political party also introduced free primary education and free health services
The slogan of the party was ‘freedom for all, life more abundance’

ISSUES

Where are the legacies of this old political party?

Can we say there’s freedom in our land? can we also say there is life in abundance in which human lives are being terminated in the face of killing being occasioned by activities of cultists, ritual killings, armed robbery killings, senseless and willful killings.

We also have lives of individuals being terminated as a result of suicide caused by frustration, death arising from sickness etc

Can we say our democracy has developed above pettiness where a member of opposition would not be seen as a personal enemy

An offshoot of the Action Group party was the defunct Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN). The UPN in the Ondo State established Owena Bank,Okitipupa Oil Company, Oluwa Glass Factory, Confidence Insurance Company.

Where are theses companies today? This is food for thought for us

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