Senate yesterday paid glowing tributes on the life and times of the matriarch of Awolowo’s dynasty, Chief Hannah Dideolu Awolowo, and decided to send a delegation to be led by the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, to Ikenne, Ogun State.
The upper legislative chamber which commiserated with Nigerians and Ogun State in particular on the death of Mrs. Awolowo, wife of the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, who died on September 19, prayed for the repose of her soul.
Other members of the delegation include Senators Ahmed Lawan, Shehu Sani, Ben Bruce, Biodun Olujimi, Stella Oduah and the three senators from Ogun State.
Saraki described the deceased as a detribalised Nigerian and called on Nigerian women to emulate her devotion and simplicity to her late husband who died in May 1987.
Speaking during a motion titled: “The demise of Chief (Mrs.) Hannah Idowu Dideolu Awolowo (1915-2015) sponsored by Senator Olanrewaju Tejuosho (APC, Ogun Central), Saraki informed that all Nigerians would miss her, believing that she was a promoter of peace in the country.
Senator Tejuosho, who sponsored the motion with seven others, noted the demise of Chief Hannah Awolowo, wife of Nigeria’s great nationalist, late Chief Obafemi Awolowo, on September 19.
He added that the late Dideolu was born on November 25, 1915 in Ikenne, Ogun State, and died at the age of 99 barely two months to her centenary birthday.
She received her early education at St Peter’s High School, Ita Faji, Lagos, and the Methodist Girls High School, Lagos. She later returned to St Saviour School, Ikenne, as a teacher.
Tejuosho informed that she got married to late Chief Obafemi Awolowo in 1937 and, remained happily married to him till his demise in May 1987, noting that although the late Mrs. Awolowo was a great business woman of great repute, she was also an astute politician.
According to him, the deceased “stood in for her husband in the alliance formed between the National Convention of Nigerian Citizens, NCNC, and the Action Group, AG, called the United Progressive Grand Alliance, UPGA, while he was tried and in jail, with the plans being that she would contest the election and if she wins, would step down for her husband in a bye-election.”
Senator Monsurat Sunmonu (APC, Oyo North) in her contribution described Mama as a very accommodating woman, adding that she was a progressive who promoted any issue that concerns women, especially those in politics.
Also Senator Fatimah Raji Rasaki (PDP, Ekiti Central) stated that Mama lived an exemplary life, adding that she was a mother to her having been very close since her days as the First Lady of Ogun State.
The Deputy Minority Whip, Senator Biodun Olujimi (PDP, Ekiti South) described HID Awolowo as an epitome of womanhood, stating that she really deserved her title ‘woman of inestimable jewel’.
Olujimi disclosed that she was a bridge builder that was loved by all Nigerians, adding that women have lost a role model and commiserated with her children, the people of Ogun State and all Nigerians.

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