Tributes, Eulogies and Testimonials

Sammyo Is 60

By Babafemi Ojudu The wordsmith is 60. Congratulations  on your birthday Sam Omatseye, the one I call Sammyo. You have been a worthy friend since we set our eyes on each other on that beautiful day in 1980 when we all gathered at the amphitheater to be inducted into the family of Great Ife. The ideals and ethos of that…

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Such An Engaging Book

By Babafemi Ojudu I am reading Chief Anthony Enahoro’s Fugitive Offender once again. I first encountered it more than three decades ago when must of the issues and references made were not as clear to me as now. In my hand now and as a companion on an air flight the value is more than gold. It is the story…

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Happy birthday Wole.

Happy birthday to my very dear friend Wole Ogunleye. I and Woleri were born in the same hospital ( Ile Abiye Hospital ) same week and our mothers spent same time nursing us in same hospital ward till we were discharged. Our parents struck up friendship and they remained very close friends till they died. Wole’s mum passed on only…

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Adieu Samuel Bandele Falegan

( 1933-2021) By Babafemi Ojudu “Don’t explain your philosophy. Embody it.”-Epictetus Early this morning Chief Samuel Bandele Falegan breathed his last. He died a few months to his 87th birthday. Known to his friends as Dele and SB to his colleagues, Falegan was an accomplished economist and banker. I grew up knowing him and hearing about his educational exploits. He,…

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Adieu Chief Aaron Komolafe

By Babafemi Ojudu My friend Kayode Afolabi send me a sad piece of news yesterday. ‘Your friend Baba Aaron is dead’, he wrote in a Whatsapp message.  I shed tears. Chief Aaron Komolafe,72 or there about was yes my friend, my father , my mentor and my political counselor. Afemo he use to call me and Kayus, he called my…

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He lived. His type are few. I visited Balarabe Musa’s house many times as a journalist. I interviewed him on many occasions and on different issues and under different circumstances. I have never seen a man so contented. The gate of his house was opened 24 hours, no guard , no security man. No burglary proof, no aides, no servants.…

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Iron Hand Is Gone

My mother (in – law ) died on 20th of August. I have just been able to summon the courage and composure to announce her passage. The one my children referred to as Iron Hand is truly gone. On 15th of April my brother in -law Sola brought all of us together to celebrate her 80th birthday. She was both…

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By Babafemi Ojudu “Femi, you have come again with your jokes,” she said on that faithful afternoon when I invited her to become the running mate to the gubernatorial candidate of the Action Congress in Ekiti State. “I am not a politician. When last  did I visit Ekiti?”she asked. I persisted. “So you are serious about this?” she asked. I…

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The Return Of Funmi Iyanda

By Babafemi Ojudu She is back. I had a chat with her a couple of days ago. She had just had an interview with Mr Musiliu Akinsanya alias Mc Oluomo, the leader of the NURTW in Lagos. She got a bashing for her ‘audacity’ from those social media trolls whose brains are full of ants. I however think she has…

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Olumilua Was A Good Man, A True Son of Ekiti

Sen Babafemi Ojudu “With a deep sense of loss , albeit mixed with joy for a life well lived “ was the opening sentence of the letter announcing the passing of Evangelist Bamidele Isola Olumilua. Deep sense of loss; mixed with joy; a life well lived; those three phrases encapsulate the life of a man we are celebrating. If he…

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