The Eulogy Delivered by Chief Akintola on the Occasion of Chief Awolowo’s 50th Birthday Anniversary

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By Afolabi Akinola

"To Chief Awolowo, passivity is a bane and inaction an anathema. How could it be otherwise to a life which thrives on industry and to a man with fanatical faith in hard work?

" That was why he made himself a terror to the demagogues and Mountebanks who, with neither a chart nor a rudder believed that they could steer the Nigerian ship of state to its destination….No pilot has a clearer vision and none a keener sense of mission than Chief Awolowo…

"In the political changes which took place in Nigeria from 1947 onwards,.. Awolowo has been constant and calculating…

To know Chief Awolowo as a man is to respect him. It has been my pride and pleasure to know him. He is by every standard a genius. His unimpeachable character, his faith in God, his confidence in his fellowmen, his personal devotion to duty and his loyalty…have conspired together to make him a great pillar of strength. He never lets a friend down…

"As a political leader, Chief Awolowo is miles ahead of his colleagues. His sincerity of purpose, his democratic leadership and inspiring example are yet to be equaled by any of the leaders of other major political parties in the country…

" Awolowo is the nearest approximation to Mahatma Gandhi. He is a good blend of Gandhi’s philosophy and Nehru’s dynamism and the only hope for democracy in Africa...." 

Ladoke Akintola, “Awo: The Path-Finder”, Daily Service, 6 March 1959

Yours sincerely

Afolabi Akinola

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Yes, you are right, I was in a seminar at the University of Lagos where the speaker said "Awolowo was approximation of Wilson Churchill, the Prime minister of Great Britain long time a go", Honestly speaking, each time I remember Chief Obafemi Awolowo, I shield tears, each time I remember Nelson Mandela, Nyerere of Tanzania Steeve Biko of South Africa and lastly the late Prof Ayodele Awojobi of Nigeria, I sheild tears, may their souls rest in peace
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