Thursday 24 September 2015

Late HID Awolowo To Be Buried On Her Centenary Birthday, Nov. 25

The eldest daughter of HID Awolowo, Rev. Omotola
Oyediran, has said the remains of her mother will
be buried on her centenary birthday, November 25.

The matriarch of the Awolowos died on Saturday,
September 19, exactly 67 days to her 100th
birthday. She was aged 99.
Responding to President Goodluck Jonathan’s
condolence message, Oyediran appreciated the
former President and his wife for coming all the way
from Bayelsa State to condole with the family.
She recalled that during Jonathan’s many visits to
the deceased, she usually referred to the former
President as her ‘son.’

She said, “What can we say but to give God all the
glory for a very beautiful life she lived. She has
done so much and it is impossible for us to put all
that she has done together.

“I want to assure you that though some of you have
received letters in the past about the centenary in
order to write tributes for her, I want to assure you
that those tributes will be printed.

“I want to assure the Christian Association of
Nigeria that we are going to give them a special
time when the time comes.

“I want to appeal to all of you to be part of
celebrating Mama, by the grace of God, we haven’t
concluded the arrangements but I would let you
know that the very day that she was supposed to be
100 years, she would be buried.

“There will be dancing and a few tears at the burial
of who I call Iya Niwura.

“There is no way you can separate Papa from
Mama and Mama from Papa, the story is one.
“It is interesting that Papa passed on on Saturday,
May 9, 1987 and Mama also died on Saturday,
September 19, 2015, we give God all the glory.

“We thank you all and we look forward to seeing
you on the 25th of November.”
Also responding , the youngest child of HID
Awolowo, Dr. Tokunbo Awolowo-Dosunmu, said the
family would continue to cherish the good legacies
their parents had left behind.

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