Gbolahan Lawal: New King of Iruland in Lagos

Prince Gbolahan Lawal, the commissioner of agriculture in Lagos state has emerged the new king of Iruland in Lagos.

His appointment as Oba-elect(King-elect) was approved today by the Lagos State Executive Council, under the leadership of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

The approval followed the satisfaction of all legal requirements, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Gboyega Akosile said.

Akosile said Prince Lawal’s appointment as the Oniru-Elect, takes immediate effect.

Prince Gbolahan Lawal, succeeds late Oba Idowu Abiodun, former Oniru of Iruland, who passed on last year at the age of 82.

Gbolahan Wasiu Lawal born on July 24th 1970 to late Chief T. A. Lawal- Akapo, the Ojora of Lagos (1977-1993) and Olori M. A. Lawal-Akapo.

Gbolahan is a Lagos Prince from the Ojora, Aromire, Shokun and Abisogun branch of Oniru Royal families of Lagos State.

Prince Lawal, a former police officer and ADC to former governor Bola Tinubu, holds an Executive MSc in CITIES (LSE, Cities) from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

He also obtained an MSc in Violence, Conflict and Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies [SOAS], University of London in 2008; a BSc Hons. in Botany from the University of Port-Harcourt in 1992.

He is also an alumnus of the famous St. Gregory’s College, Lagos.

In addition, he has completed several courses and programmes amongst which are the International Housing Finance Program (IHFP) in 2018 and Advanced Management Programme (AMP) from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, USA in 2015.

He is also a product of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and the World Bank Institute, Washington D.C.

Prince Lawal started his career as a Scientific Officer with the Raw Materials Research and Development Council at the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology in 1994.

He later joined The Nigerian Police Force and was commissioned as a Cadet Assistant Superintendent.

While in the force, he held several duty posts amongst which was serving as an Aide-de-camp [ADC] to the former Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

He retired voluntarily from the Nigerian Police in 2008 as a Superintendent of Police.

Prince Gbolahan Lawal was a Senior Special Assistant on Special Projects to a former Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN).

In this capacity, he coordinated the Agriculture-Based Youth Empowerment Scheme (AgricYES).

The success of the innovative Agric-Yes paved way for his appointment as the Commissioner for Agriculture and Cooperatives in Lagos State in 2011.

His impeccable public service record and his ability to address urban challenges also led to his appointment as the Commissioner for Housing by former Governor Akinwunmi Ambode in October 2015, a position he held until May 2019.

In 2019, Gbolahan Lawal was reappointed as the Commissioner for Agriculture in Lagos State by the current Governor of the State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu..

He is happily married and has children.