Alao Aka Bashorun was recently immortalized by the Lagos State government with the dedication of a recreational park named after him which had a befitting bronze bust image of him as well. Mr Bashorun was well known for his activism and love of justice for all.
He started his activism as a student in the United Kingdom at the London School of Economics where he studied for his Bachelor’s Degree in Law. In 1957 he was elected the President of the West African Students Union. In 1960 Aka- Bashorun successfully organized the first anti apartheid meeting while still in the United Kingdom. In 1978, he was one of the people who canvassed for the creation of the Nigerian Labour Congress he went further still to lead the boycott of law courts in 1988 protesting the blatant disregard the IBB regime had for court orders.
He was known all through his life as a champion for justice for the oppressed and underprivileged in the society as his law chambers were always open to all and sundry with legitimate complaints. It is therefore befitting that such an iconic man in the Nigerian history be honoured.
At the commissioning of the recreational parks and gardens, His Excellency, Babatunde Fashola stated that Aka- Bashorun had not only a local but also a global presence therefore drawing the caliber of guests present at the event. The deputy governor Princess Adejoke Adefulire, members of the state executive council, the white cap chiefs of Lagos state, residents of Gbagada Phase 2 estate and members of the Aka- Bashorun family.
The Governor in his speech thanked the residents of Gbagada saying that development of Gbagada is a work in progress and their request for more development is a vote of confidence in their abilities. He used to lay emphasis on citizen’s agitation for rights urging them to also take their responsibilities seriously as provided for in sec 24 of the Constitution. He lauded Mrs Aka- Bashorun for holding aloft the flag that created an enabling environment for the late Aka- Bashorun.
By: Remy Serrano