kids encyclopedia robot

Joseph Folahan Odunjo facts for kids

Kids Encyclopedia Facts
Quick facts for kids

Joseph Folahan Odunjo
Born 1904
Abeokuta, Nigeria
Died 1980 (aged 75–76)
  • Novelist
  • poet
  • teacher
  • politician
Alma mater London Institute of Education
Period 1943–1970s
Genre Yoruba language Children's literature:
Notable works
  • Alawiye (series)
  • Kuye

Chief Joseph Folahan Odunjo (1904–1980) was a Nigerian writer, educator and politician best known for his works in Yoruba children's literature.

Early life and education

Odunjo was born in Ibara, Abeokuta in 1904. He was educated at St Augustine's Primary School, Abeokuta, the Catholic Higher Elementary Training School and the London Institute of Education.

Teaching and Writing career

Odunjo commenced his teaching career as the schoolmaster of the Catholic Training College, Ibadan from 1924 till 1927 and was later the headmaster of his alma mater, St Augustine's, Abeokuta. As a teacher, he formed the Federal Association of Catholic Teachers to negotiate with the Catholic missions on behalf of mission teachers. Odunjo was a teacher and headmaster of various Catholic Schools from the 1940s to the 1950s. His printed work in 1958 was one of the early written works of the language. He wrote several novels, plays, poems and texts in the Yoruba language. His published works later became a source of inspiration for future writers. He was an active member of the Yoruba Orthography Committees of 1966 and 1969. He was also affiliated with the Nigeria Union of Teachers for a number of years.


In 1951, he won a seat to the Western House of assembly and later became the region's first minister of Land and Labour. He was a president of the Egbado Union. He was also awarded the chieftaincy title of the Asiwaju of Egbaland.

Chief Odunjo died in 1980.

Selected works


  • Ise ni Ogun Ise ("Work is the antidote for poverty")
  • Toju Iwa re Oremi ("Watch your behaviour, my friend")
  • Akójopò ewì alâdùn (1961)


  • Omo oku orun (1964; "The deceased woman's daughter")
  • Kuye (1978)


  • Aláwìíyé Yoruba Readers (Fun awọn ọmọde ati awọn agbà ti o nkọ́ iwe Yoruba ni kikà: Yoruba language comprehensive learning text series) (1975)
Women's History Month on Kiddle
Women Scientists of Antiquity
Mary the Jewess
kids search engine
Joseph Folahan Odunjo Facts for Kids. Kiddle Encyclopedia.