Awolowo’s Eldest Daughter, Oyediran, Dies Aged 79

Omotola Oyediran

Reverend Omotola Oyediran, the eldest daughter of late Chief Obafemi Awolowo, on Friday was confirmed dead.
 
The news of Oyediran’s was confirmed in a statement issued on Friday evening by her husband on behalf of the family and made available to newsmen in Ibadan.
 
The late Oyediran, 79, died a few months to her 80th birthday considering she was born on December 1, 1940.

Until her death, she was the Chairman of African Newspapers of Nigeria (ANN), a media company founded by her father, Awolowo, in 1949. The company is the publisher of the Nigerian Tribune Newspaper.
 
Oyediran was the first daughter of the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo and late wife, Chief(Mrs) HID Awolowo.

She was the wife of Prof. A.B.O.O. Oyediran, a former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ibadan(UI).
  
According to the statement by the family, “the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of Prof. Olukayode Oyediran regret to announce the sudden, but peaceful passing of his wife of 57 years, Mrs Omotola Olubunmi Oyediran.
 
“Mrs Oyediran was the first daughter of the late Chief Obafemi and Chief (Mrs) HID Awolowo. She was a very loving, kind and generous mother, grandmother and great grandmother, and matriarch of the Awolowo dynasty.
 
“She had a very large family because her heart was large, and her embrace wide. She was a friend of the poor, needy and downtrodden. They called her ‘Iya Alanu OkeBola.’
 
“She was full of positive energy. She will be remembered with great affection and sorely missed. May her soul rest in perfect peace.”

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