Kola Onadipe’s biography, fact, career, awards, net worth and life story

Intro Nigerian writer
Was Writer
Children’s writer
From Nigeria
Type Law
Gender male
Birth 14 July 1922
Death 4 December 1988
(aged 66 years)

Nathaniel Kolawole Onadipe (14 July 1922 – 4 December 1988), most commonly known as Kola Onadipe, was a Nigerian author best known for his children’s books.



Kola Onadipe was born in Ijebu-Ode, Ogun state, Nigeria. He was born into a polygamous family and was the second son of his mother. Onadipe studied Law at the University of London in 1949 and later opened a law firm with his close friend Abraham Adesanya. He had fifteen children, seven boys and eight girls, to whom he dedicated his life and ensured they excelled in achieving acceptable academic status. He died at the age of sixty-six after he suffered a stroke on 4 December 1988. He was buried at his residential home in Ogbogbo, Ijebu-Ode, Nigeria.

He was the Principal of Olu-Iwa College (one of the four major High Schools in Ijebu-Ode in the late 40’s, the 50’s and early 60’s). He was a staunch disciplinarian and kept the school in top level academic and moral flavor. His popular expression was “You go” which meant that if he caught you being a truant, you will be expelled regardless of who your parents might be. He was well respected by the proprietor of the school, Chief Timothy Adeola Odutola.

Boys from all over Nigeria who were admitted to the college became great men under him and went to higher institutions of learning both at home and abroad to become greater leaders and professionals in life. They are too many to mention or list.



He dedicated most of his lifetime to education and writing books for children. He wrote a number of children’s books which include:

  • The adventures of Souza. Ibadan: African Universities Press, 1963. ISBN 0-410-80038-4
  • The boy slave. Lagos: African Universities Press, 1966. OCLC number 623440282
  • Koku Baboni. Ibadan: African Universities Press, 1965. OCLC number 26910639
  • Sugar girl. Nairobi: East African Pub, 1964. OCLC number 731260
  • The magic land of the shadows. Lagos: African University Press, 1970. OCLC number 32497510
  • The forest is our playground. Lagos, Nigeria: Africa Universities Press, 1972. OCLC number 1736920
  • The return of Shettima. Lagos: University Press, 1972. OCLC number 1747640
  • Builders of Africa. Ijebu-Ode, Nigeria: Natona Press, 1980. ISBN 978-178-004-5
  • Footprints on the Niger. Ijebu-Ode, Nigeria: Natona Press, 1980. ISBN 978-178-006-1
  • Sunny boy. Ijebu-Ode: Natona Press, 1980. OCLC number 9633828
  • Sweet mother. Ijebu-Ode [Nigeria]: Natona Press, 1980. ISBN 978-178-001-0
  • Around Nigeria in thirty days. Nigeria:Natona, 1981. ISBN 978-178-027-4
  • Call me Michael. Ijebu-Ode, Nigeria: Natona Press, 1981. ISBN 978-178-017-7
  • Halima must not die : and other plays for schools. Ijebu-Ode: Natona Press, 1981. ISBN 978-178-026-6
  • Happy birthday : queen for a day. Ijebu-Ode, Nigeria: Natona Press, 1982. ISBN 978-178-005-3
  • Mothers-In-Law. 1982
  • The Other Woman. 1982
  • A pot of gold. Ijebu-Ode, Nigeria: Natona Press Publishers, 1984. ISBN 978-178-008-8
  • Beloved daughters. Ijebu-Ode, Nigeria: Natona Press, 1985. ISBN 978-178-022-3
  • The king is naked : and other stories. Ijebu-Ode, Nigeria: Natona Press, 1985. ISBN 978-178-025-8
  • The mysterious twins. Ijebu-Ode: Natona, 1986. OCLC number 633642923
  • Binta : beautiful bride. Ijebu-Ode, Nigeria: Natona Press, 1988. ISBN 978-978-178-041-7

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