Biography Of Hannah Idowu Dideolu Awolowo

Chief Hannah Idowu Dideolu Awolowo-AGAPEN1Chief Hannah Idowu Dideolu Awolowo (née Adelana; 25 November 1915 – 19 September 2015), popularly known as HID, was a Nigerian businesswoman and politician.
 
Born to a modest family in Ikenne community of Ogun State in Nigeria, she attended Methodist Girls’ High School in Lagos.
 
She was married to politician Obafemi Awolowo from 26 December 1937 to his death in 1987. He famously referred to her as his “jewel of inestimable value”.
 
The Young Chief Hannah Idowu Dideolu Awolowo-AGAPEN
She was also a successful businesswoman and astute politician. She played an active role in the politics of Western Nigeria. She stood in for her husband in the alliance formed between the NCNC and the AG, called the United Progressive Grand Alliance (UPGA), while he was tried and in jail.
 
The plans were that she would contest the elections, and if she won, would step down for her husband in a by-election. To fulfil his dream of becoming president in the Second Republic, she toured the length and breadth of the country with her husband campaigning. She also coordinated the women’s wing of the party and was always present at all party caucuses.
 
A successful businesswoman, she became the first Nigerian distributor for the Nigerian Tobacco Company (NTC) in 1957. She was the first to import lace materials and other textiles into Nigeria.
 
In addition to a variety of other titles, she held the chieftaincy of the Yeye Oodua of Yorubaland.
 
Mama, Hannah Idowu Dideolu Awolowo’s marriage to the Nigerian legend, Obafemi Awolowo was a very interesting love story.
 
Obafemi Awolowo marries Hannah Idowu Dideolu-AGAPEN
Obafemi Awolowo was this close to not marrying HID. The first time he made an attempt at marriage, it was to marry a lady named Augusta Omoriola Onafowokan, the first Ikenne girl to attend a secondary school. But Augusta’s father objected.
 
As fate will have it, Awo was introduced to Mama HID by a cousin of Mama in Ikenne. After the introduction, things became firmed up. They got married on December 26, 1937 and she became, as he fondly called her, “his jewel of inestimable value”.
 
Awo, probably desiring to adopt the western style, had not wanted Mama to work but the business traits in her could not allow that. After some time, Awo permitted her to engage in trading. And since then, she had carried on working and showed outstanding business acumen.
 
As successful businesswoman, she became the first Nigerian distributor for the Nigerian Tobacco Company (NTC) in 1957. She was the first to import lace materials and other textiles into Nigeria.
 
Even when Awo left the country for his law degree, she carried on taking care of the three children while pregnant for the third and still sending money to Awo. It is even said that Awo may never have bagged his law degree from the University of London without his wife.
 
The duo were a pair and perfect teammates. She stood in for her husband in the alliance formed between the NCNC and the AG, called the United Progressive Grand Alliance (UPGA), while he was tried and in jail.
 
They even planned that she would contest the elections, and if she won, would step down for her husband in a by-election. To fulfil his dream of becoming president in the Second Republic, she toured the length and breadth of the country with her husband campaigning, leading the women wing and attending all party caucus meetings.
 
Chief Hannah Idowu Dideolu Awolowo and children-AGAPENThey were happily married till his death in 1989 and had five children together: Olusegun (1939-1963), Omotola, Oluwole (who died in 2013), Ayodele and Tokunbo.
 
On 19 September 2015, she died at the age of 99 just over 2 months short of her 100th birthday. She was laid to rest beside her husband in Ikenne on 25 November 2015 The Vice President of Nigeria, Yemi Osinbajo, is married to her granddaughter, Dolapo Soyode.


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