Chief HID Awolowo died on September 19, 2015 at her Ikenne, Ogun State residence at the age of 99.
Former Vice President Abubakar Atiku, who paid glowing tributes to the deceased on Wednesday, said not only was she a loyal and supportive house-wife, Mama Awolowo also helped her husband, the late Premier of the old Western Region, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, to attain success in life.
Atiku spoke in Ikenne while presenting to the public, a book titled – “In the Radiance of the Sage: The Life and Times of HID Awolowo, a biography of the late wife of Chief Obafemi Awolowo (SAN)”.
The 311 page book written by Prof. Wale Adebanwi and reviewed by Prof. Adigun Agbaje, chronicled the life and times of HID Awolowo.
The biography also shed light on many key moments in the deceased’s life, the key roles she played in the life of her husband and the politics of the then Western Region.
The book public presentation was attended by ex-governor of Lagos State, Alhaji Lateef Jakande, Pa Olanihu Ajayi, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, Chief Ebenezer Babatope, Senator Babafemi Ojudu, Hon. Ladi Adebutu and former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole, among others.
“I know it is a cliché to say that behind every successful man there is a woman”, the ex-vice president said. “It may even sound somewhat sexist in this day and age when women’s achievements are deservedly receiving more recognition. However, it has long been known that Chief Awolowo owed a large portion of his success to his beloved wife of 50 years”.
“Of course Chief Awolowo’s life was not only about successes and triumphs. He had his low and very challenging moments in life and politics – suffering state-imposed restrictions on his physical movement, exile in Lekki Island and imprisonment – all arising from political crises in the Western Region and attempts by his political rivals to seize those opportunities to weaken or destroy Awo politically”, Atiku noted.