Shafi Lawal Edu
(1911–2002) was a prominent Nigerian
businessman and conservationist
, Lagos State
. He was born into the family of an Epe chief and trader. As a youth, he attended Epe Grammar School and undertook private lessons in higher education.
He started his business career at the Africa Oil and Nuts Company, a subsidiary of Unilever
. In 1945, he moved to Holland West Africa Lines
and soon became the manager. As manager, he organized the Dutch
shipping line's offices in the country and helped in expanding the business to other coastal cities.
Figuring out there were affordable untapped prospects in the Nigerian shipping
industry, he left Holland West Africa Lines, and founded his own firm. Using his prior experience in the shipping industry, he found himself a niche in ship handling and stevedoring. He later expanded the venture into timber
and other commodities
. During the 1950s, he entered the political scene, he was elected into the western House of Assembly in 1951, and in 1954, he won a seat to the Federal House of Representatives
. Concurrently, he was also a successful shipping service contractor.
As a prominent Lagosian, he spent a few years as a commissioner
for health in Lagos
. After his resignation, he focused his energy on various enterprises and initiated a broad conservation foundation in the country
- Tom Forest, The Advance of African Capital:The Growth of Nigerian Private Enterprise, University of Virginia Press (August......