By Babafemi Ojudu
She is my friend and fellow Ekiti original .
Folakemi Fatogbe ended her tenure at the Central Bank of Nigeria after eight years of meritorious service on Wednesday.
She was not allowed to go gently into that good afternoon and second part of her life by friends and colleagues. A decent send forth party was organized for her by staffers in the Risk Management Department of the Bank.
Folakemi was recruited from the Bank of England eight years ago as a Director in CBN . She, as testified to by her colleagues , both junior and senior ,did acquitted herself. She is said to be number one in Nigeria when it comes to Risk Management.
A workaholic and restless soul, Folakemi is all about toil. She is also a Worrier -in -Chief for Nigeria. ‘Senator Senator ‘ , she will call me at odd hours of the night and asked ‘what is happening to Nigeria’ ? And I will answer her, ‘Folakemi go and sleep things will sort itself out.’ It is my way of calming her failing which she will drill me and put me on the spot as if I am the one elected to run Nigeria. Questions , upon questions, probing ones at that many of which there is no way I could answer satisfactorily.
While others may be looking for money and taking advantage of their positions , not Folakemi . She has always been concerned about making Nigeria solvent . Her dream is to see that Nigeria attains greatness. She is selfless, brilliant and passionate about public service – a patriot who despite our shortcomings as a nation believes strongly in the country and swears by her. In her personal conduct , both in character and ethics she truly lives that age long Ekiti precept ‘ranti omo eni ti iwo nse’- remember the child of whom you are.
Her other passion is Ekiti, the place of her birth. As I said earlier, she is an Ekiti original – honest, diligent, straight forward, not slimy, not a snitch. She is also loyal to friendship.
As revealed at a well attended bash at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel Wednesday night, Folakemi is moving on to other engagements. This my aburo is not tired yet . She is berthing in FASHION and RISK MANAGEMENT.
She is setting up her own fashion house known as O’YATO. I am told she is also putting together a consulting firm called Derisking Nigeria Ltd (?)
Five Deputy Governors and Directors of CBN were there on Wednesday to honor her and so were numerous colleagues. Her gang of ladies from her school days led by Mrs Bamidele Abiodun , First Lady of Ogun State were there to felicitate with her.
Kinsmen and women from Ekiti such as Otunba Niyi Adebayo , former governor of the State, Senators Ayo Arise , Gbenga Aluko, Abiodun Olujimi and myself were there to celebrate with our sister.
Sen Tolu Odebiyi of Ogun State was there too looking every inch like her late dad , a Senator of the Second Republic and minority leader.
Her two children are very promising as well as the matriarch of Fatogbe family was also there gaily dressed and looking like a young maiden to listen and watch as people pour encomiums on her restless and talented giant of a daughter.
Folakemi wo lo , wo bo, we bomo je. Okun o Aburo.