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A Brief History Of Kudirat Abiola -The Woman Who Paid The Supreme Price For Nigeria’s Democracy

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Alhaja Kudirat Abiola

Alhaja Kudirat Abiola

Alhaja Kudirat Abiola will always be remembered for how she fought fearlessly for Nigeria’s democracy.

Born in 1951 in Zaria, she attended Muslims Girls High School, Ijebu Ode and married late Chief Moshood Abiola at the age of 18. She was the second of his four wives.

Although Kudirat never attended university, she used her bride price to help to pay for the education of her two sisters.

Her journey into politics began when her husband declared his intentions to contest as the president of Nigeria. She supported her husband through advocacy and activism.

Shortly after her husband won the 1993 election, which was annulled by Gen. Ibrahim Babaginda, he was detained by the Nigerian Government.

Alhaja Kudirat led the fight for her husband’s release and the restoration of his mandate.

Alhaja Kudirat mobilised market women, students, activists and other human rights community to fight for the struggle of democracy.

On the 4th of June, 1996, Alhaja Kudirat was attacked in her car by unknown gunmen, along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, allegedly on the orders of the military government of the late Gen. Sani Abacha.

Sadly, prior to her death, she had complained of receiving death threats from unknown people.

Radio Democracy which was launched to campaign against the military rule and fight for democracy was renamed Radio Kudirat in her honour. The radio was said to have been backed by the American, British, Swedish, Danish and Norwegian governments.

Kudirat Abiola’s murder case is said to be one of the longest criminal trial in the Nigeria’s history, the duration in prison calendar is equivalent to 20 years.

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Remembrance Day: PDP salutes Nigeria fallen heroes

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The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Prince Uche Secondus has commended the Nigeria Armed forced and the sacrifices of the fallen heroes.

Secondus made the commendation in a statement he issued on Sunday in Abuja, to mark the 2018 armed forces Remembrance Day.

He said that Nigeria was standing as one country today due largely to the contributions of the armed forces to keep it united.

He also commended the gallantry of Nigeria troops in containing the Boko Haram insurgency and the supreme sacrifice paid by federal troops.

He urged them to remain focused to the cause of a united Nigeria.

“You must remain committed to your profession and to the development of the country’s armed forces in particular and the country in general,” Secondus said.

He also called on the security agencies to be more civil in carrying out their obligations and know that their responsibility was to the country and its citizens and “not to only government in power.”

The PDP national chairman also admonished the rest of the citizens especially political leaders to appreciate the huge contributions of soldiers, especially those who paid the supreme sacrifice by being more patriotic and accommodating.

Secondus advised leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to eschew hate and “bigotry” in their utterances.

Similarly, the PDP advised President Mohammadu Buhari to pay condolence visit on the people of Benue State to condole with victims of the “horrific killing of defenseless Nigerians by marauders.”

The PDP in another statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, said paying such visit was important, as government was yet or send a delegation to Benue since the killings.

“There have not been presidential visit of any sort to commiserate with the people of Benue and other states where Nigerians are being slaughtered by bandits.”

He added that the President may need to study and emulate the measures used by the PDP to unite Nigeria for 16 years.

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Family holds posthumous birthday for late Gen. Ogbemudia

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The family members of the late Brigadier-General (Dr.) Samuel Osaigbovo Ogbemudia have said there are great plans to carry on his humanitarian activities through his foundation-Osaigbovo Ogbemudia Foundation which was launched during his 80thbirthday.
The main drive of the Foundation is to support the prevention and control of diabetes, which is a major health challenge to Nigerians. The other objectives of the Foundation are on including Good Governance and Development, especially for the youths.
General Ogbemudia, who died in March 9, 2017 would have been 85 on Sunday, September 17.
As the family is celebrating his impactful life, he is being remembered with gratitude to God for a long, fruitful and prosperous life. “There are great plans to carry on his humanitarian activities through his foundation,” Rev. Mrs. Dele George, his first child said.
General Ogbemudia was the first Military Governor (1968-1975) of the Mid-West State, and civilian governor of Bendel State from October 1983 to December 31, 1983.
Ogbemudia had a very successful military career that was translated into his appointment as military governor of the defunct Midwestern State at the beginning of the civil war.
He was referred to as the governor of Governors. and as Minister of Labour and Productivity, his legacies, remain ineradicable. In all spheres, he lived a wonderful life worthy of emulation by all.

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First Nigerian Woman To Become A Broadcaster

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Anike-Agbaje-WilliamsMrs. Anike Agbaje Williams is Africa’s first woman broadcaster.

She started out with Western Nigeria Television, the first television station in Africa in 1959 and worked as a newscaster, producer, presenter and administrator before she retired 35 years later.

Popularly known as Africa’s First Lady of the Tube, Mrs. Anike is said to have worked hard to educate, inform, entertain and sustain the legacy of Chief Obafemi Awolowo who established the WNTV as a ‘‘surrogate teacher’’.
Mrs. Anike celebrated her 80th birthday last year and the occasion had dignitaries including the presidency in attendance.

In an interview with Amina Alhassan for Daily Trust, the woman described as one of the pioneer African television broadcasters, shared how she became the first face of television in Africa.

She said, It’s a very interesting story. I was sitting in my house with my husband when a permanent secretary in the ministry of information called me and said they wanted to start a new television station in Africa and he wanted me to go for the interview. I was reluctant and he insisted that I go for the interview. In fact, he said he was ordering me to go and I had no option than to go for the interview.

The day of the interview there were so many people that were being interviewed but I was the only woman amongst all. The others were all men, I was called in for the interview and at the end of the interview the panel that interviewed me rose to shake hands with me and congratulated me. I was surprised and they said that I should not be, that I did very well and were amazed by my responses to the questions asked.

They then told me that they wanted to start training as soon as possible. They then asked when I would like to start the job and I told them in a week’s time and it was a deal.

When I got out all the men in the waiting room were anxious to know what happened and I told them. I then told them that I was surprised that they did not ask me one question and I felt I shouldn’t tell them anything because they did not ask. Then I was married and expecting a baby, I was four months pregnant. But no one seemed to be concerned if I was married or expectant.

The men all laughed and thought that was a loose end on my part because for them there was no way an expectant mother would be given the job.  But as God would have it, I was selected for the training but still unknown to them that I was pregnant.

When we started the training which was taking place from morning to evening every day for a month, it was stressful for me. After a training session one day, someone came up to me and shook hands with me and said they liked my performance and they would like me to be the first face on television as they were starting television very soon.

While he saying so I collapsed and was rushed to the hospital. I was in the hospital for a number of days. After I recovered I started my job and the first job that was given to me was to sign on the station, which I did and handed over. And that was how I became the face of television in Africa.

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