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IBEJU-LEKKI IS PROSPERING RICHLY AS A RESULT OF AWOLOWO’S PROPHETIC UTTERANCES

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By Aishat Momoh. O.

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Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Governor of Lagos State, has stated that the Ibeju-Lekki axis of the state is prospering lavishly as a result of the late sage and Premier of the old Western Region, Chief Obafemi Awolowo’s prophetic remarks.

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Governor Sanwo-Olu made the statement after witnessing The Duke of Shomolu, a theatre company directed by Joseph Edgar, perform a stage musical drama titled ‘Awo: The Man, His Jewel, And…’ on Sunday evening.

Governor Sanwo-Olu said the uniqueness of what was shown on “Awo: The Man, His Jewel, And…” brought back memories of Awolowo’s incarceration in Ibeju-Lekki and the blessings bestowed on the community by the Premier of the Western Region, which had become a reality.

The performance “Awo: The Man, His Jewel, And…”, which took place at Glover Memorial Hall on Lagos Island, depicted Chief Obafemi Awolowo’s political career and that of his wife, late Chief (Mrs) Hannah Dideolu Awolowo, whom the late sage referred to as a “Jewel of inestimable value.” Makinde Adeniran, a prominent director, directed the play.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo was joined by other prominent Nigerians, including Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila; Governor Sanwo-Olu; Osinbajo’s wife, Dolapo; former Governors of Ogun State, Aremo Olusegun Osoba and Otunba Gbenga Daniel; Segun and his mother, Mrs. Abah Zainab Folawiy

Gbajabiamila praised the producer, Edgar, at the occasion, stating that what he observed with the presentation was “immortality.”

While noting that it was common for people who had died to be brought back to life through books, drama, and other means rather than music, the Speaker declared that the Awolowo’s takeaway from the presentation was that “once upon all the time, there was a man,” rather than the more common “once upon a time, there was a man.”

In his remarks, Governor Sanwo-Olu stated that one of the lessons and takeaways from the play is the tale of Lagos, particularly the story of Ibeju-Lekki, where Awolowo was imprisoned for many months.

“For those who don’t know or have forgotten, Papa (Awolowo) was imprisoned at Lekki Town, Ibeju-Lekki, and he made prophecy that the town will thrive, do well, and prosper. Those prayers have continued to bring good fortune to the town.

“Today, Ibeju-Lekki is the most talked-about location in terms of real estate and property development. Should we even bring up refineries, petrochemical plants, and seaports, to name a few examples? There is no other area in Nigeria that we can talk about right now than Ibeju-Lekki, especially Lekki town. That town has received Papa Awolowo’s blessings,” he stated.

Governor Sanwo-Olu, speaking on the importance of ‘Awo: The Man, His Jewel, And…’ to Nigerians, particularly the younger generations, said the play highlighted individuals who stood their stand and brought the discussion of an unified Nigeria to the forefront.

“This tale is also significant, especially for the younger generation who would not have the opportunity to learn and reflect on life in the days of Awolowo, our fathers and grandfathers,” he said. It’s all too easy for us to forget about history, but this play has informed us about people who stayed firm in the fight for Nigeria.

Governor Sanwo-Olu, speaking on the importance of ‘Awo: The Man, His Jewel, And…’ to Nigerians, particularly the younger generations, said the play highlighted individuals who stood their stand and brought the discussion of an unified Nigeria to the forefront.

“This tale is also significant, especially for the younger generation who would not have the opportunity to learn and reflect on life in the days of Awolowo, our fathers and grandfathers,” he said. It’s all too easy for us to forget about history, but this play has informed us about people who stayed firm in the fight for Nigeria.

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