Saturday, 3 October 2015

OAU Students Pay Condolence Visit To The Awolowo Family

By David Adetula

Scores of Obafemi Awolowo University students have joined several other prominent Nigerians to condole with the Awolowo family over the demise of Mama Hannah Idowu Dideolu Awolowo, the wife of the foremost Nigerian leader, Chief Obafemi Awolowo.

The students arrived the Awolowo family compound in Ikenne, Ogun state at about some minutes past 4pm and were received by the eldest daughter of the late icon, Mrs Omotola Oyediran Awolowo and other family members.

In the condolence message of the students which was delivered by the Students’ Union president, Omotayo Akande a.k.a TY, he craved the indulgence of the family to introduce the leadership of the Union present and he went further to say that the students of OAU afforded the long trip even in the midst of their examinations because of the immense contributions of the family to the creation and development of the institution.

The vice president of the SU, Oladunjoye Opeyemi a.k.a Oprah and the chairman of Awolowo Hall, Aro also corroborated the president’s words by describing mama as someone of great significance and a role model especially to many women. They however promised the family that her name will forever be remembered within the Great Ife community.

Responding to the students, the eldest daughter of the deceased appreciated them for taking out time to come that far and prayed that God would grant them a safe journey back to Ife. She said that they are all celebrating the dedication of Papa (Obafemi Awolowo) and Mama (H.I.D Awolowo) and therefore advised the students to be dedicated to good cause.

“Many politicians have died and they are not celebrated. We are all celebrating the dedication of papa and mama. Please shun cultism and face your studies and you will be celebrated too. We miss mama.”

She also used the opportunity to invite the students to the burial ceremony of mama which will come up on November 25, the day HID Awolowo would have been a 100 years old.

Mama Hannah Idowu Dideolu Awolowo passed on to glory on 19th September, 2015 at the ripe age of 99. She was the First Lady of Western Region, Nigeria between October 1, 1954 and October 1, 1960.

See pictures of the visit below:

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