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John Adetayo Otolorin (c. 1886–1963) by unknown photographer, 1950s collection of Val Wilmer


Otolorin, John Adetayo (c. 1886–1963), landlord, theatrical agent, and community leader, was born in Ilesha, Nigeria. His parents were Yoruba. He left Nigeria in 1919 as a seaman, came to Britain, and settled in Cardiff, where he worked as a motor mechanic and labourer while going to sea intermittently. He formed a relationship with a woman named ...