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99 years is certainly no joke especially in the very crazy world we live in and having lived up to that, Chief Mrs Hannah Idowu Awolowo, the wife of late Chief Obafemi Awolowo deserves to be celebrated.

Born Hannah Idowu Dideolu Adelana on 25th November 1915, she struggled to survive in a polygamous home where her mother was the second wife. Mama grew up in the midst of 9 half-brothers and half-sisters. She got married to Late Chief Obafemi Awolo on 26th December 1937 and together they fought for the cause of justice and loved each other till the very end. He often referred to her as his ‘jewel of inestimable value’.

 Throwback picture of Chief and Chief Mrs Awolowo

Throwback picture of Chief and Chief Mrs Awolowo

A successful businesswoman and astute politician, she was the First Lady of the old Western Region. She played an active role in the politics of Western Nigeria. She stood in for her husband in the alliance formed between the NCNC and the AG, called the United Progressive Grand Alliance (UPGA), while he was in jail. She became the first Nigerian distributor for the Nigerian Tobacco Company (NTC) in 1957 and She was the first to import lace materials and other textiles into Nigeria.


Mama HID as she is usually referred to is the co-founder and chairman of African Newspapers of Nigeria plc, publishers of the Nigerian Tribune. On this day, we celebrate her for such great feats and wish her many more healthy years. A big happy birthday to Mama Hannah Idowu Dideolu Awolowo.



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