Bisi Oladele, Ibadan
More tributes came in on Saturday for the late Obafemi Awolowo’s daughter, Mrs. Tola Oyediran. This time from a former governor of Osun State, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola and a chieftain of the defunct National Democratic Coalition (NADECO), Me Ayo Opadokun.
In a tribute to late Reverend (Mrs) Oyediran, who was the Chairman of the African Newspapers of Nigeria (ANN) Plc, publisher of the Tribune titles, Oyinlola said “We give glory to the Almighty for a life of service to God and humanity, which you lived.”
Opadokun described the deceased as “a wonderful scion of the noble Chief Obafemi Awolowo family. As the first daughter, she was an embodiment of humility, respectability and other virtues that the family represents.”
“I was very close to her and we shared a lot of things together. I will surely miss her counselling. It is one thing for you to be given birth to by good parents; it is another thing for you to rebuild yourself to meet up with the reputation of such parentage. She was able to do that successfully”, he remarked.
Other dignitaries who paid condolence visits to the deceased family include the Vice Chancellor of the University of Ibadan, Prof. Idowu Olayinka, Prof. Soji Adejumo and a former Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief of the Tribune titles, Rev. Sam Adesua.