Jakande was a Nigerian writer who became governor of Lagos State in Nigeria from 1979 to 1983, and later Minister of Works under the Sani Abacha military regime between 1993 to 1998.
He was born in the Epetedo area of Lagos Island, Lagos State on July 29 1929. Both parents are from Omu-Aran, Kwara State.
Jakande studied at the Lagos public school at Enu-Owa, Lagos Island, then at Bunham Memorial Methodist School, Port Harcourt 1934–1943.
The writer studied briefly at King’s College, Lagos in 1943, and then enrolled at Ilesha Grammar School in 1945, where he edited a literary paper called The Quarterly Mirror.
Jakande began a journalism career first with the Daily Service in 1949 and then in 1953 joining the Nigerian Tribune.
In 1956, The writer was appointed editor-in-chief of the Tribune by the owner Chief Obafemi Awolowo. Jakande editorials were factual and forthright, and were treated by the colonial powers with respect.
In 1975, Jakande established John West Publications and began to publish The Lagos News where he served as the first President of the Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN).
Lateef Kayode Jakande passed away on February 11, 2021, at the age of 91 years.