Babatunde Olatunji (April 7, 1927 ? April 6, 2003) was a Nigerian drummer, educator, social activist and recording artist.
Olatunji was born in the village of Ajido, a small town near Badagry, Lagos State, in southwestern Nigeria. A member of the Yoruba people, Olatunji was introduced to traditional African music at an early age. He read in Reader's Digest magazine about the Rotary International Foundation's scholarship program, and applied for it. He came to the United States of America in 1950.