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BIOGRAPHY OF BABA ILE-OGBO: Alhaji Chief Saibu Adelaja Mohammed

Saibu Adelaja Mohammed hailed from Odogbolu, in Ogun State.

He was born on March 13, 1937, and became an orphan before the age of 10.

He completed primary and secondary school education and went on to train as a draftsman who became a cornerstone under his master in the 60s.

He got married and settled in Lagos State where he later made entry into politics in the late 80s.

Saibu was a charismatic political juggernaut, endowed with the art of eloquence, wisdom, and diplomacy, who lived for the progress of his community and protégés.

He founded the Ifelodun Club to foster a sense of community amongst like-minded individuals who share common political interests and goals.

From an insignificant number, Saibu grew the network to become a club that provided a platform for open and informed discussions as well as amplified its members’ voices when advocating for issues that can potentially influence local or broader political decisions.

As a mentor and political father, he produced highly profiled politicians within the Ifako-Ijaiye Local Government Area including Late Hon. Adeola Adefolabi, Hon. Nurudeen Akinwunmi, Hon. Ipoola Omisore, Hon. Benjamin Olabinjo, Hon. Rasheed Makinde, Hon. Owolabi Adisa, Hon. Emmanuel Olootu, Hon. Temitope Adewale, Hon. HID Tijani, amongst others.

His wide influence and political sagacity within his community earned him the sobriquet—Baba Ile-Ogbo after his Lagos residence street in Abule Egba. He was the APC Ojokoro Ifako-Ijaiye Apex Leader till his demise.

Till the day of his death, his Lagos residence was a public town hall for politicians, deliberations, and camp mobilization. For over 40 years as a political general in Ifako-Ijaiye, his residence played host to top political titans such as commissioners, senators, governors, and ministers including Dr Abdullateef Abdulhakeem,  Musiliu Obanikoro, Rafiu Aregbesola, Late Funsho Williams, His Excellency Bola Ahmed Tinubu who is now the incumbent President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

In recognition of his contribution to local politics and community development, he was in turn hosted by his admirers including the former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo who hosted in Aso Rock in 2006 during his tenure as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Chief Saibu Adelaja was a Pan-Africanist who raised a large family with more than 30 children from multiple wives.

He ran his life race from March 13, 1937 to August 9, 2023.

He is survived by his wives, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and siblings.


Saibu was the 13th child and first son of his father after 12 all-female children.

His father was a merchant and Islamic scholar who travelled through North Africa (Chad), Central Africa (Cameroon), and West Africa (Niger) to seek knowledge —and became one of the pioneers of Islam in Ijebuland, particularly Odogbolu.

This 13th child was born on the 13th of March in the year of his birth.

His lineage can be traced thus: Saibu son of Momodu (Mohammed) son of Fatúngàsé son of Kadiri son of Bàwálá son of Nóréén —a descendant of Ijesha Ijebu.

Baba Ile-Ogbo, as he was fondly called, is being remembered as an Ijebu-born political luminary who raised new generations of Ojokoro, Ifako-Ijaiye leaders while building a name (Baba Ile-Ogbo) around his community in Lagos Nigeria.

Ridwan Adelaja
Ridwan Adelaja
Ridwan Adelaja is a senior editor and tech venture analyst with experience in PR and Advertising for corporate companies and African startups. He runs commentary on startup news and developments across Africa. His works can be found on Ventures Africa, Nairametrics, Ripples Nigeria, QuickNews Africa, Arbiterz, amongst others. He could be reached via +2348025300029 or


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