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HID Awolowo, a role model for Nigerian women — Iwuanyanwu

Executive Chairman of Champion Newspapers Limited, CNL, Chief (Dr.) Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu has described the late Chief (Mrs.) Hannah Idowu Dideolu Awolowo, wife of the Premier of the defunct Western Region as one of the greatest Nigerians  who fought for the emancipation of women in the country.
He said as a dogged fighter, she alongside such other great amazons like the late Mrs. Margaret Ekpo and Mrs. Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti through their advocacy won legal and political rights for Nigerian women, thus making them the freest in Africa whereby  they could aspire to the highest political office in the land.
Speaking weekend in Lagos on the passage of the matriarch of the Awolowo dynasty recently, Iwuanyanwu said he received news of the  death with sadness mingled with gratitude to God for a life well spent, attaining the ripe age of 99 and one full of sterling virtues.
According to him, Mrs. Awolowo would be sadly missed for her great intellect, memories, jokes and strong faith in God adding however, that what matters in life is not how long a man or woman lived but how well.
He said that her strong faith in the Almighty manifested early in the 60s when her husband- the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo,  was incarcerated for treasonable felony and the death of her first son Segun , a lawyer. Rather than despair, Iwuanyanwu  noted  that the late Yeye Ood’ua demonstrated steadfastness and leadership qualities which ensured that the Awolowo family was united and not thrown into disarray.
Iwuanyanwu said: “We are sad because we are losing such a competent and great woman who with her great husband Chief Awolowo, one of the founding fathers of Nigeria, who fostered unity in the country. Awolowo was  the first leader in Africa to introduce free education in the old Western Region among many achievements. He was the first leader in  Africa to establish television station which he located in Ibadan”.
According to the Executive Chairman, Mrs. Awolowo was not only a confidant to her late husband but very well loved by him, who he had once  described as “a jewel of inestimable value”.
He said the late sage as a strong democrat with the active support of his wife insisted that democracy must prevail not only in the defunct Western Region but Nigeria in general insisting that this stand forced the British to grant independence to Nigeria on October 1, 1960.
Paying great tribute to Mrs. Awolowo, Iwuanyanwu said her contribution to the emancipation of Nigerian women as well as sustained collective efforts of other prominent women will remain indelible in our memory even as he urged women to emulate her virtues.
He said his relationship with the Awolowo family dated  back to the 80s when he met personally with the late sage at his Apapa, Lagos residence adding  that he has since then enjoyed a robust relationship with his children including Ambassador (Dr.) Tokunboh Dosunmu-Awolowo and the late Pastor Oluwole Awolowo.

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