To date, there are well over thirty industrial concerns located in Ikorodu. That is not all, the town also serves as the nation’s communication gateway. The transmitters of the FRCN, External Service (Voice of Nigeria). Transmitters of NITEL and the State Broadcasting Corporation (Radio Lagos and LTVB) are located in Ikorodu.
These enviable landmarks are in consonance with the achievements of unforgettable sons and daughters of Ikorodu. It was on record that the Late Chief Michael Olutusan Onafowokan was the first Nigeria graduate Architect and Town Planner. It was to his credit that he designed and supervised the road, which linked Lagos to Ikorodu. He was also involved in the design of Nambe-Bamida Road, which linked Nigeria with Cameroon.
Chief Theophilus Owolabi Shobowale Benson, the first indigene of Ikorodu to qualify as a Lawyer, was a figure to reckon. In his pursuit of excellence and professional fulfilment, he went ahead to register the name of Ikorodu in the hall of fame as the first Federal Minister of Information and Broadcasting.
Otunba Adeniran Ogunsanya, the first Attorney General of Lagos State; and one time Federal Minister of Housing and Survey was another illustrious son of Ikorodu who has made a mark for himself and also by extension, written the name of his town in gold.
There is practically no aspect of our national life where Ikorodu indigenes have not made their marks. The town had produced five Senior Advocates of Nigeria – late Chief Adebayo Adebola Ogunsanya; Chief Babatunde Olusola Benson; Chief Theophilus Owolabi Benson; Otunba Adeniran Ogunsanya; and Mrs Folake Solanke (The first woman SAN).
The tireless drive of matching dreams with reality, had also provided an array of personalities who were not used as yard-sticks but seen as trail blazers in their professional callings; Dr. Rashedat Ojelade, an indigene of Ikorodu, was the first woman in Nigeria to bag a PHD in Islamic studies; late Professor Bolaji Idowu, was the first patriarch of Methodist Church, Nigeria’s Tony Benson, who at a young age started the first discotheque in Nigeria, adds shine and breadth to the image already carved by his late father Bernard Olabinjo Benson (Bobby) who introduced the first professional orchestra in Nigeria – Bobby Benson Jam Session. It will also remain in the evergreen memory that Rasheed Gbadamosi, Economist and Writer, became at the age of 29, the youngest Commissioner ever in the history of Lagos State.
In the academia, Ikorodu can with all relish brandish its enviable laurels for being blessed with over ten University dons including the Vice Chancellor of Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta and a former deputy Vice Chancellor, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. In fact, one of these illustrious sons of Ikorodu – late Professor Ayodele Awojobi crowned his academic excellence with the highest degree in the field of Science – Doctor of science (DSc), Awojobi, left his inventions – AUTONOV (1,2,3) – a mechanical design in military vehicle which can be manoeuvred in both directions.
This galaxy of successful personalities have turned obstacles around them on their way up the ladder to a pathway to keep on course the history of a town aptly described as Ikorodu Oga, Ilu kekere oko ilu bantabanta. They have also in their strides for excellence, toned down wherever drab shade left around to bright colours. The odyssey spanning a quarter of a century has brought unprecedented changes into Ikorodu. And it is all too obvious that the attendance prosperity has robbed off on practically all aspects of life in the town, including an increased virile population, an enviable industrial growth, and increased volume of trade and peaceful co-existence of all tribes that inhabit Ikorodu.