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Mama Hannah Awolowo passes away at 99 | Aisha Buhari pays Condolence Visit



Hannah Awolowo
Hannah Idowu Dideolu Awolowo popularly known as HID Awolowo has passed away.
Just months shy of her 100th birthday in November, she died aged 99.

Mama Hannah is the widow is Obafemi Awolowo. However, she has her own political legacy as she played an active role in party politics during the Second Republic. After the death of her husband, she continued her career as a business woman until she retired.

HID is the grandmother of Wife of the Vice President Dolapo Osinbajo and today, First Lady Aisha Buhari paid a condolence visit to the family.
Aisha Buhari Condolence visit
Rest in Peace.


  1. dill

    September 19, 2015 at 8:31 pm

    A life well led l guess….

    • Nerve

      September 20, 2015 at 1:41 pm

      Really? Who owns Dideolu Estate? Awolowo in connivance with Alhaji Jakande STOLE Maroko lands from their rightful owners under the pretense that it was going to be developed for the poor. When found out it was appropriated by the Awo family, Awolowo quickly came out to say the properties belong to Dideolu Estate and not him personally. Pray who is Dideolu Estate, who owns it? It is owned by the Awo family.

      Stealing in the name of the people did not start today. Most of you here do not know any history apart from weave on and man whahala. Mtcscheeeeeeeew.

    • Seriously

      September 20, 2015 at 4:47 pm

      @ nerve

      People don’t know history of stealing? How limited is your brain. Is that all you can come up with? Bcos what you just wrote is not better than talking about weave.
      Nigerians have to do better when presenting the history of the country. All I see here is transfer of anger, aggression, pettiness for a man based on his tribe. And, why isn’t there a non biased, accurate, balanced history book or website where you can read information not hating each other. Nigerians, claim to be so smart, do better and let your actions back it up.
      I don’t know much about Awolowo but heard my dad talk about him how he was one of nigerian pioneers. R.I.P mrs Awolowo.

    • lolarae

      September 20, 2015 at 6:46 pm

      Yeye Odua came from a rich family and was a self made business woman so she can afford to build any estate stop lying thanks

    • Proud yoruba

      September 21, 2015 at 2:25 pm

      Mama Awolowo sun re. Your husband, baba Awolowo was a prominent leader and will forever be remembered. It’s sad, some bitter, irresponsible group of people choose to bring their pettiness to this legacy. My Yoruba people, please ignore just like how Hausas, northerners do. Meanwhile, northerners played more major role in Biafra war. I mean, they intentionally killed Igbos but do you see any of these cowards attacking northern leaders? No. It’s bcos they know Yorubas are nice and will entertain their nonsense. Yorubas have been nothing but good to Igbos and overcompensated for the tragic Igbos brought upon themselves. Post Biafra is why Yorubas welcomed them to freely live and build their lives bcos they had nothing to go back to in their villages.

  2. ennycoolwater

    September 19, 2015 at 8:32 pm

    May your soul rest in perfect peace Mama! You,ll be missed.

  3. Schoolnewsportal

    September 19, 2015 at 8:41 pm

    May her soul rest in peace… Amen!

  4. nnenne

    September 19, 2015 at 8:53 pm

    RIP, mama Awo.

  5. jide

    September 19, 2015 at 8:55 pm

    Awwww. Mama is gone. Rest in the lord mama rere

  6. mulikat

    September 19, 2015 at 9:03 pm

    Mama RIp ,i dont know she is Gr.mother of wife of VP,that beauty and pointed nose yes,they must be related

    • Tina

      September 19, 2015 at 10:07 pm

      That makes wife of VP G. Daughter of Obafemi Awolowo. That’s some good history right there.

  7. lolarae

    September 19, 2015 at 9:40 pm

    mama o
    mama of africa
    mama of yorubas
    you have lived to see nigeria from independence to what is it
    you have seen the Yorubas been through so much in this nation but we come out on top
    today the ideals and legacy your husband left for the Yoruba nation is still what is pulling us together
    oh mama i cry so much our current Yoruba leaders are nothing in intellectual strength with great Awolowo we can only pray to get someone who can match him in the nearest future
    oh mama
    oh my dear yoruba nations
    our generation of great leaders are passing away
    Dehinde Fernandez, Oba Sijuade now mama HID
    Yorubas must rebirth themselves has the old guard is changing
    oh mama
    I wish you all the best as you finally meet PAPA AWOLOWO the greatest man since Oduduwa


    • nerve

      September 20, 2015 at 6:01 pm

      lolarae, Famzer of life!!!!

      That was how you were famzing over Deinde Phillips. Are you a commercial mourner????? Even the children of these people will not famz like this.

    • lolarae

      September 20, 2015 at 10:13 pm

      Did you read anything about me knowing her personally
      my father was one of those who benefitted from her husbands policy
      today any title you see yorubas claim its cause of Awolowo

  8. OJ

    September 19, 2015 at 9:58 pm

    Mama when you get to meet Awo on the side, extend my greetings to him and kindly give him his 20 pounds, tell him i and my brothers he massacred and defrauded are bigger than that now

    • Grabasoda

      September 19, 2015 at 10:30 pm

      You are definitely heartless. In what way is your comment appropriate considering the fact that a human being is dead and being grieved by her family? Smh. God be with you.

    • lolarae

      September 19, 2015 at 11:02 pm

      Do you even know when to stop???

    • meserami

      September 19, 2015 at 11:19 pm

      Use your brain for once

    • Olu

      September 21, 2015 at 2:46 am

      @ nerve

      What evening school? You sound extremely foolish while embarrassing yourself.

    • Really?

      September 19, 2015 at 11:35 pm

      You are such an idiot. Did Awolowo start the war? Did he personally come to the east to massacre your people? You guys have never blamed Ojukwu for starting a war he couldn’t finish. You never blame C C Mojekwu for importing scrap and obsolete ammunition for the soldiers to fight with. You blame someone who cannot defend himself. He didn’t give us salt. He betrayed us. Yada yada. We really need good historians in Nigeria. Cos every region has it’s own distorted version of history. By the way, many of your brothers haven’t even smelt 20 pounds not to talk of being more than that. That you are rich and surrounded by wealthy people doesn’t mean your whole tribe is rich. Someone just passed away. Be more compassionate.

    • fellani

      September 20, 2015 at 8:51 am

      Must you insult him? Awolowo might not have started the war, but his war and post war policies definitely spoke a lot about the kind of person he is…”in war everything is fair” He definitely knew what he was implementing and the eventual consequences leading to the deaths of over a million easterners. Mind you, the killings of the igbos were already ongoing systematically in the North and in the south, would it then be fair to wipe out an entire ethnic group or people that felt the best way to defend themselves was to come together and collectively form a state of their own? What started out as been religious in the north to tribalistic in the south became the perfect economic war for Britain to protect its imperialistic interests in the region, at the time which was OIL. …..Britain probably made more money from Gowon in arms sale than what they would not have made if only Gowon stuck to the terms and agreement of the ABURI Convention, .but i guess your history lessons didn’t take your thought process that far

    • Olu

      September 20, 2015 at 1:51 pm

      @ really?

      Someone with a brain. The Biafra war is such a distorted, biased one that Igbos like to tell. And, it baffles me that nobody stands up against to set them straight. Why allow this group of people to constantly get away with much? Yorubas, stop all this nonsense being diplomatic and tell your side. Yorubas are blamed for the whole thing. Never once did igbos take responsibility or mention how ojukwu started a war against the government but couldn’t finish it. Then, expect the government to reach out helping hand.!

    • Ejeh

      September 20, 2015 at 5:31 pm

      Ofe Nmanu people with this their Awo legacy sha. The guy probably just couldn’t bear the guilt any more and decided to end his life. People easily forget the rift he had with Akintola, yes same Akintola that in his campaign speech openly expressed his bitterness about how the educated igbos were occupying certain positions in the country….But ask yourself, what drives these igbos, whats their motivation, why are they so ambitious? in case you don’t know the answer, you can go ask the late Sadarnu of sokoto, Akintola and Awo, i’m sure they would give you a really good lecture about these special group of people

    • nerve

      September 20, 2015 at 6:05 pm

      @Olu, u write now. Abi no be the same school the people you are asking to write go? Aaaah, l forgot you went to evening school.

    • nnenne

      September 20, 2015 at 7:02 pm

      @Really?… You know I love intelligent dialogues. You just got me aroused, but a great woman died. We must celebrate her life. Now is not the time for this all important discussion that Nigeria has shoved under the carpet, that turned violence into a culture in some part of Nigeria, that, believe it or not is the REMOTE cause of Boko Haram. We should talk but right now. …
      RIP mama Awo.

    • lolarae

      September 19, 2015 at 11:47 pm

      Best to ignore this sort of gutter comments
      she will kindly deliver your messages by the way

    • Anon

      September 19, 2015 at 11:48 pm

      An utterly stupid and senseless comment.

    • nunulicious

      September 20, 2015 at 7:11 pm

      how old are you OJ?
      I am really curious as to why young Igbo people feel so strongly about the 20 quid/civil war/biafra issues.
      the way i see it, you were born a couple of decades after the civil war, educated, likely financially ok and have access to info via the internet. So I am totally flummoxed by comments such as yours. Please explain to me how the matter affects you PERSONALLY AND DIRECTLY. kindly explain your point of view to me.

    • lolarae

      September 20, 2015 at 10:15 pm

      they have read to much Chinua Achebes book

    • Ejeh

      September 20, 2015 at 10:27 pm

      So if it doesnt affect him directly,he shouldn’t talk about it? or you think the children born today in Iraq dont talk about George Bush and Toni Blair? or you think the Libyan children that would be born 20 yr from now will not talk about US and coalition forces that killed Gaddafi and destroyed Libya’s economy?…… its called history and unfortunately this part of our history has not been properly addressed

  9. meserami

    September 19, 2015 at 11:18 pm

    Was that necessary? Be matured for once biko
    Not like you were born then and even if you’re
    Was awolowo the head of state?

  10. ennycoolwater

    September 19, 2015 at 11:41 pm

    @ OJ… Your ignorance deserves a round of applause. You have just displayed what background you’re from by being disrespectful to an elderly matriarch but I’m comforted with the fact that nobody knows you or your family. Generations yet unborn would read about Papa Awo till eternity. God bles!

    • KC

      September 20, 2015 at 8:22 am

      So if somebody knows him or his family what would happen? you’ll go and organise an attack on them or what? Just sit down and listen to urself

  11. Anon

    September 19, 2015 at 11:51 pm

    May she rest in peace. All roads lead to Ikenne.

  12. Bucie

    September 19, 2015 at 11:55 pm

    at least he gave you £20 back and your properties
    what about those who did not return it back

  13. ElessarisEllendil

    September 20, 2015 at 1:06 am

    Please I hope the Ohaneze Ndi Igbo release a statement condoling the family and send a representative to her burial as a means of healing old wounds.

    Personally, my condolences, I may not have agreed with her Husband’s policies but I have benefited from them and death is no time for passed on grudges.

    • Professor X

      September 20, 2015 at 6:31 pm

      Your statement is confusing. “You may not have agreed with {Awo’s} policies but you benefited from them” which begs the questions, did your family steal property or monies belonging to Biafrans???
      Ohaneze had better do no such thing.

    • ElessarisEllendil

      September 20, 2015 at 8:39 pm

      I live in a united Nigeria, I did not agree with his policies because they affected my tribe but benefited from them because they helped preserve my country.

  14. Tosin

    September 20, 2015 at 7:15 am


    And we need history/historians because we are worth it. #africa

  15. Kike

    September 20, 2015 at 11:22 am

    RIP mama, tell Papa that no leader has risen to fill his shoes. Incredibly inspiring woman!
    Ibo people are tribalistic sha! Someone has died and all you can spew is biased assertions. Awo did not start the war, yes he did not take Yoruba people into it and thank God for that! A million people died for what? Awo took a decision that was good for Yoruba people, direct your hate and hurt to the Ibo leaders who started a war they knew they couldn’t win. If the Ibos had won would they have given the Efiks, Deltans £20 talkless of 20 kobo?
    Yoruba people this, Yoruba people that, yet you live peacefully in Yoruba states and your daughters are happy to marry Yoruba men. It’s 2015 leave the Yorubas alone!

    • Whatever

      September 20, 2015 at 5:09 pm

      Please shut up, who lives in Yoruba states? Is it Lagos? Lagos, let me tell you is not a “Yoruba” state it used to be the capital of the then Federation of Nigeria that was what brought the Ibos there for business. Besides, are you saying that Yorubas don’t live in Igbo states? Take your ignorant self out of here. And what again did you say about our daughters marrying Yoruba men??? What a joke, which of them are happy in that filty environment? Name one. Igbos love the Efiks, Deltan and Ibibios unlike the Yorubas that are too selfish for words, which of the other tribes of Nigeria have you embraced like the Igbo have embraced the little tribes around them? Nonsense.

    • lolarae

      September 20, 2015 at 10:18 pm



    • Ejeh

      September 20, 2015 at 5:20 pm

      We live peacefully in the yoruba states we also played a major role in developing, if at all we dont know anything, if at all we didnt go to school, our resourcefulness, commerce and industry, business enterprises aided with the existence of a federal port in Lagos, has by and large contributed immensely to the development of the south west, for example……i mean there’s no need hating, with 20 pounds of 1970 equivalent to almost 30 naira at the time, we’ve achieved a lot not just for ourselves but for the nation as a whole. The reasons why the war got started has always been brushed aside, the more you run away from discussing it, the more it stares at you in your face as those same problems are still present with us more than 40 yrs after

    • lolarae

      September 20, 2015 at 10:20 pm

      I think its best for yorubas to simply behave like the northerners and simply ignore this biafra talk once they talk about it change the topic if they call awolowo names talk about sports

      they should go and ask their forefathers and not newly born yorubas

  16. i no send

    September 20, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    Bella Naija …I expect you guys (whom i hold in the high esteem amongst blogs )to censor this tribalistic comments …This is not the time for such poison maybe some other surprised at what so called enlightened people come up with and pass on to their impressionable kids beloved grand mum is ibo but its not every thing that i was told that i absorb hook line and sinker.i prefer to judge by personal experience .the past is gone when you know better you DO better the way a member of your team is from the east and happily married to a yoruba man so should not condone this at all…Cheers

  17. Olalomi

    September 20, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    Kike Sorry not happyly married most of d time .. Any Ibo girl that marry Yoruba knows she missed … Everybody knows Ibo men take very good care of their wives n can put their personal need for there wife n family … My Yoruba brothers can’t do that

  18. alwayshappy

    September 20, 2015 at 3:12 pm

    Tosin yes you are right, being the historian that you are, do pay it forward teach all the history to your kids, your friends kids and the next generation .

  19. ElessarisEllendil

    September 20, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    We already have, calm down abeg!

  20. ennycoolwater

    September 20, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    @ KC.. I really don’t want to be stereotypical but I’m left with no choice here but its obvious you’re all the same in your tribalism ship. I said nobody knows OJ or his family compared to Awolowo,s family. OJ lives in obscurity. It was not a threat.. There’s really nothing I can do to help considering the fact that you’ve been fed poisonous stories about Awolowo by your forefathers. Awolowo,s legacies can never be rubbished by nobodies like you and OJ. God bless!

  21. gabi

    September 20, 2015 at 4:18 pm

    Common keep shut,whose daughters are happy to marry yoruba men?abi it’s d odther way round

  22. Professor X

    September 20, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    Awolowo’s war time and post-war policies are certainly a very important part of his legacy and cannot be overlooked. The true character of a man is revealed by how he treats the vulnerable. He certainly knew the Igbo people were vulnerable for the war, and he still proceeded with these horrible policies — to what end?

    For the umpteenth time, Ojukwu did not take Biafra to war. Biafrans had reached a consensus that war was in fact unavoidable, and we prepared to fight for our freedom. What alternate was there, after the Igbo pogrom in the North and the refusal of the Nigerian government to assist the millions of internal displaced refugees that fled to the SE? Ojukwu repeatedly asked the Gowon govt to assist with IDP pre-Biafran war, and then there is the Aburi accord. Ojukwu tried diplomacy first and got nowhere.

  23. HerExcellence

    September 20, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    lol…@Kike. yoruba folks also live peacefully in d eastern states. your sisters also marry ibo men…and they aare happy to. please lets al leave such trivial issues nd focus on making naija a beta place for us all.
    RIP Ma Awolowo.

  24. rahl

    September 21, 2015 at 9:33 am

    Lack of history lessons in Nigerian schools is not a good enough excuse for these open display of crass ethnic bigotry. All sides of the ethnic divide abuse the anonymity this platform provides. There is one value you don’t need to go to school to learn though, it’s called HUMANITY! This is what truly binds us all together.

  25. Proud yoruba

    September 21, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    Mama Awolowo sun re. Your husband, baba Awolowo was a prominent leader and will forever be remembered. It’s sad, some bitter, irresponsible group of people choose to bring their pettiness to this legacy. My Yoruba people, please ignore just like how Hausas, northerners do. Meanwhile, northerners played more major role in Biafra war. I mean, they intentionally killed Igbos but do you see any of these cowards attacking northern leaders? No. It’s bcos they know Yorubas are nice and will entertain their nonsense. Yorubas have been nothing but good to Igbos and overcompensated for the tragic Igbos brought upon themselves. Post Biafra is why Yorubas welcomed them to freely live and build their lives bcos they had nothing to go back to in their villages.

  26. nunulicious

    September 22, 2015 at 12:01 am

    I came back several times hoping to get OJ’s response to my question above. still waiting patiently.

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