THE posthumous birthday of Chief Obafemi Awolowo will hold on Monday, March 6.
The event, which will start with a memorial service at the family chapel of the Awolowos in Ikenne-Remo, Ogun State at 8.30 a.m. will also feature a memorial lecture entitled: “The Awolowo legacy and its message to Nigerian youths,” organised by the Obafemi Awolowo Foundation.
Professor Banji Akintoye will be the guest lecturer, while former head of state, General Yakubu Gowon, will be the chairman on the occasion.
Chief Awolowo, popularly reverred as the sage, was born on 6 March, 1909 and lived a fulfilling life as a father, lawyer and politician, among many others, before his transition to glory on May 9, 1987.
He remains the only Nigerian to have received the national honours of Grand Commander of the Federal Republic (GCFR) without serving as president or head of state, with his remarkable integrity, ardent nationalism, principle and virile opposition and dogged convictions on true federalism still widely celebrated till date.
Papa Awolowo’s political influence and ideology-based politics have continued to remain popular across the country.
Friends and political associates will join the family in celebrating the icon with a memorial lecture, which is to hold at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, Victoria Island, Lagos, at 11.00 a.m.