Alhaji H. P. Adebola (1920–82), a foremost trade unionist and railway worker.
Felá Anikulapo-Kuti (1938–97), internationally renowned musician who used his Afro-beat music—a blend of African rhythm, Western instruments, and popular language—to campaign against official corruption and dictatorship at home and for respect for Africa abroad.
Nnamdi Azikwe (b. 1904), politician who took a leading role in the Nigerian nationalist movement, founded a series of newspapers, and became the first president of the Nigerian republic.
Alhaji Lateef Jakande, the first elected Governor of Lagos State, serving from 1979 to 1983.
Herbert Macauley (1864–1946), leading member of the Saro élite and major leader of Nigeria's independence movement who ran the Lagos Daily News, the first daily newspaper from 1920 to 1936.
Oba Adeyinka Oyekan II (b. 1911), the eighteenth Oba of Lagos.
Madam Efunroye Tinubu (1807–85), an Ègbá slave trader whose influence meant trouble for the reigning Oba of Lagos.