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BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY - AFRO-NIGERIAN " AKINTUNDE ADUWO " IS A RETIRED NIGERIAN NAVY VICE ADMIRAL WHO SERVED AS CHIEF OF NAVAL STAFF - GOES INTO THE " HALL OF BLACK GENIUS "














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Akintunde Aduwo
Chief of Naval Staff
In office
April 1980 – December 1983
Preceded by
Michael Ayinde Adelanwa
Succeeded by
Augustus Aikhomu
Governor of Western State (Nigeria)
In office
July 1975 – August 1975
Preceded by
Christopher Oluwole Rotimi
Succeeded by
David Jemibewon
Personal details
Born
12 June 1938 (age 77)
Ode-Aye, Okitipupa LGA,Ondo State, Nigeria
Military service
Allegiance
 Nigeria
Service/branch
 Nigerian Navy
Years of service
1962-1983
Rank
Vice Admiral
Akintunde Aduwo (June 12, 1938 - ) is a retired Nigerian Navy Vice Admiral who served as Chief of Naval Staff from 1980 to 1983 and as Military Governor of the Nigerian Western State from July 1975 to February 1976 during the military regime of General Murtala Muhammed.[1] Later he became Chief of Naval Staff.
Contents
  
1Early years
2Senior positions
3Later career
Early years
Akin Aduwo was born on 12 June 1938 in Ode-Aye in Okitipupa, Ondo State. He attended Igbobi College, Yaba, Lagos (1952–1956). He worked as a clerk, then as a cadet in the Merchant Marines where he obtained British Merchant Navy Sea Training (1958–1960) and studied at the Liverpool College of Technology, Liverpool, England (1961–1962).[2]
In November 1962 Aduwo transferred to Nigerian Navy as a Sub-Lieutenant. He was appointed Naval Officer-in-Charge of the Eastern Naval Patrol, then as a Lieutenant took command of NNS Aanasa in 1964. His other appointments include first Commanding Officer of NNS Dorina, first Nigerian Director of Armament Supply and Commanding Officer of NNS Nigeria.[3] During the Nigerian Civil War, Lt. Commander Akin Aduwo commanded NNS Ogoja. During the sea battle that led to the fall of Bonny in July 1967 he pursued the NNS Ibadan, which had been hijacked to Biafra.[4]
Senior positions
Muritala Muhammed announced Captain Akin Aduwo's appointment as Governor in his maiden speech of 30 July 1975.[5] Aduwo was Military Governor of Western State for just one month, and then was posted to the Nigerian High Commission in India.[6] He was replaced by Colonel David Jemibewon.[7] General Olusegun Obasanjo said he Aduwo had been relieved of his appointment as governor to rescue him from the problem of the West "which had overwhelmed him".[8]
Aduwo went for a course at the Indian National Defence College, and in 1977 was promoted Commodore and appointed Flag Officer Commanding the Nigerian Naval Flotilla. He held this position until being appointed Chief of the Naval Staff on 15 April 1980 during the Shehu Shagari regime.[3] As Chief of Naval Staff, Aduwo renamed NNS Beecroft to NNS Olokun after the ocean goddess, as part of a trend to move from colonial-era names to local Nigerian names.[9]
Later career[edit]
After retirement, Aduwo continued to be publicly active. He became a leader of the Yoruba Unity Forum and attended several Yoruba Council of Elders meetings. He had served for several years as an elder of the Yoruba people, holding the aristocratic titles of the Oloye Obateru of Aye and the Oloye Taarelase of Ile-Ife.,[10][11] Aduwo was a delegate from Ondo State at the 2005 National Political Reform Conference.[12] He served on the logistics committee of the conference.[13]