9 Incredible Facts About Chief Obafemi Awolowo You Wouldn’t Believe

Today March the 6th is Chief Jeremiah Obafemi Awolowo’s 108th post-humous birthday passing on at the age of 78 in the year 1987 and buried nine years later still there are some incredible facts about the late sage and legendary son of Africa that you would never believe

1 Chief Awolowo worked at odd jobs just to raise his tuition fees jobs like clerk, moneylender, taxi driver and teacher just to mention a few

2 In the year 1944, he completed a correspondence course at the University of London for the bachelor of commerce degree

3 The year 1996 which he was buried was the same year one of his fellow contemporaries died, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe

4 The name Awolowo and Azikiwe both contain seven letters

5 In 1945 he wrote his first book titled ‘Path To Nigerian Freedom’ which was the same year that he helped found Egbe Omo Oduduwa in London

6 On becoming the first Premier of the Western Region he was honoured with a chieftaincy title

7 Though sentenced to ten years imprisonment on the charge of conspiring to overthrow the government, he only served three years being released from prison in 1966

8 While in prison like John Bunyan who wrote ‘Pilgrim’s Progress’, he wrote his second book ‘Thoughts on The Nigerian Constitution

9 His place of birth was also his place of death, he was born Ikenne, he also died and was buried there

Years have passed and we are yet to see another politician of his calibre and class despite the shouts by many noisy politicians who claim to believe in his legacy, is this really true?


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