Birthday memoirs­ (1)

January 13, 2017

ABOUT four years ago, I turned 70. I marked the event with a social party in my hometown, Ilesa. It was a well-attended party: relations, friends and well-wishers were all there to give me a […]

Gender and the politics of turmoil

January 6, 2017

How much direction and discernment it requires to be the wife of a great man! – Louisa Adams (wife of John Quincy Adams) Throughout the crisis, my wife, who is a heroine in her own […]

Wale Adebanwi on mama HID –15

December 30, 2016

Between 1944, when he left for the United Kingdom, and 1948, Awolowo intermittently experienced spasm of this trauma. It can only be imagined what psychological, psychical. Indeed, medical disaster that Obafemi Awolowo would have suffered […]

Bode Sowunmi, good night

December 23, 2016

Our dear friend, Charles Olabode Akanni Sowunmi, is gone. He was a vibrant soul who served God with all the gifts God had given him. He (Buddy Show) was born on 30th December, 1942. He […]

One Year of Ooni Ogunwusi

December 16, 2016

We had wanted to leave the rest of the Panorama of this December to Mama H.I.D Awolowo as recorded by Professor Wale Adebanwi. Little did we know that there were events that would occur and […]

President Buhari, where do we go from here?

December 9, 2016

These times are hard. These times are bad. Nigerians are suffering. The economic recession facing our dear country,is recording casualties at alarming rates every day. Fellow countrymen and women the suffocation of our economic problems […]

Rasheed Gbadamosi: A tribute

December 2, 2016

TODAY, I write about my friend and fellow compatriot, Rasheed Gbadamosi, who passed on to eternity some three weeks ago.Like I always say on this page, death is a price all of us must pay. […]

As Sir Olaniwun Ajayi returns home

November 25, 2016

T  HE Yoruba people of Nigeria have a popular .saying which runs thus: “The world (earth) is the market place while Heaven is home to everyone.” The Yoruba people have a belief that we are […]

Dr Olu Onagoruwa at 80

November 11, 2016

I  N less than 48 hours from now, Dr.Olu Onagoruwa, a former Attorney-General of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and a well known human rights activist will turn 80. His children have, however, been committed […]

Wale Adebanwi on Mama HID (14)

November 4, 2016

I supported him wholeheartedly”, she says with a sense of fulfillment twenty-eight years after his demise. She stood unflinchingly by his side for almost fifty years. Hannah’s attentiveness to, or attentive courtesy concerning, the demands […]

Wale Adebanwi on Mama HID (13)

October 28, 2016

AS their children grew up, support for their schooling and well-being will again have to depend almost exclusively on Hannah, who happily took charge of things. Although before his trial and tribulations in politics started, […]

As Comrade Bari Salau turns 70

October 14, 2016 •Comrade Bari Salau

COMRADE Bari Adedeji Salau whose Muslim parents hailed from Okun-Owa (very near Ijebu-Ode and Odogbolu) will turn 70 on October 10, 2016. Bari’s history is, indeed, fascinating. When you start reading it, you will never […]

As Comrade Bari Salau turns 70

October 7, 2016

COMRADE Bari Adedeji Salau whose Muslim parents hailed from Okun-Owa (very near Ijebu-Ode and Odogbolu) will turn 70 on October 10, 2016. Bari’s history is, indeed, fascinating. When you start reading it, you will never […]

And Dapo Oyewumi (Omo Oye) died

September 30, 2016

E  XACTLY eight days ago, the body of our childhood friend, Francis Ibidapo Oyewumi aka (Omo Oye) was lowered to the ground at Ibadan. The body was buried after a funeral service at the Chapel […]

Senator Ayo Fasanmi at 91

September 23, 2016

I  am always too happy to write about people who inspire history. I am ever excited to write on people who will always be at the centre of history and epoch making events. Senator Ayo […]

Mama HID: One year after

September 16, 2016

HOW time flies! It is now one year that Mama H.I.D Awolowo left mother earth to the world beyond. Mama Hannah Idowu Dideolu Awolowo, the wife of Papa Obafemi Awolowo is no more. Nigerians were […]

Ishola Filani at 70

September 9, 2016

B  ARRISTER Ishola Filani will turn 70 years in less than two weeks from now. He is a Nigerian political activist who demands adequate tribute being paid on his life and times. Ishola Filani represents […]

The death of Joseph Omodayo

September 2, 2016

JOSEPH Omodayo of Ifaki in Ekiti State of Nigeria is dead. He was my classmate at Ifaki Grammar School, and we lived together as members of the pioneer set of the school between 1957 and […]

Wale Adebanwi on Mama HID (12)

August 26, 2016

TRIBUNE was a newspaper in perpetual war-footing from 1949 up to the early 1990s. Yet, the paper had its critics who saw it as an ethno-regional champion and unerring defender of Awolowo and the Yoruba. […]

Wale Adebanwi on Mama HID (11)

August 19, 2016 Ebenezer Babatope

FROM that period up till now, the Onafowokans and other members of the Osugbo, have been fighting against anything that the Awolowos are associated with, both in local and national politics. They supported the Nnamdi […]

Wale Adebanwi on Mama HID (10)

August 5, 2016 David

IN the last decade of Nigeria’s transition from colonial to post-colonial existence, the profound transformation in local governance that ultimately reached the regional and national levels placed Awolowo at a very critical juncture to make […]

Wale Adebanwi on Mama HID (9)

July 29, 2016

THE BUSINESS OF POLITICS “I fear no foe, with Thee at hand to bless; Ils have no weight, and tears no bitterness. Where is death’s sting? Where, grave, thy victory? I triumph still, if thou […]