Benjamin Adekunle

Nigerian general (1936-2014)

Benjamin Adesanya Maja Adekunle (26 June 1936 – 13 September 2014) was a Nigerian Army leader. He served as general during many important Nigerian battles. Some of which, he is known for fighting at the Congo Crisis battles and fought during the Nigerian Civil War. He began his service years in 1958. He retired in 1974.

Benjamin Adekunle
Brigadier Benjamin Adekunle
General Officer Commanding 3 Armoured Division, Nigerian Army
In office
July 1967 – May 1969
Succeeded byCol. O. Obasanjo
Personal details
Born(1936-06-26)26 June 1936
Kaduna, Kaduna State, Nigeria
Died13 September 2014(2014-09-13) (aged 78)
Lagos, Nigeria
Alma materRoyal Military Academy Sandhurst
Military service
Nickname(s)The Black Scorpion
Allegiance Nigeria
Branch/serviceNigerian Army
Years of service1958–1974
Commands3 Marine Commando
Battles/warsCongo Crisis Nigerian Civil War

Adekunle died in Lagos, Nigeria, aged 78.[1]


  1. "Benjamin Adekunle is dead". Retrieved September 15, 2014.
  • Adekunle, Abiodun (2003). The Nigeria-Biafra Letters: A Soldier’s Story. Africa Phoenix Group. ISBN 0-9740761-0-4.

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