If there’s any Nigerian abroad who should be applauded for doing Nigeria, especially Yorubas proud in a foreign land, not only in terms of her personal achievements as an accomplished businesswoman, but more in the area of promoting and celebrating our cultural heritages, it should be no other person than ,Erelu Mabel Tinuade Onaneye, the Erelu-Oodua of Aye-Kingdom and Irawo-Oni Oodua of Yorubaland.
Turning 61 is not an unusual occurrence but for a woman variously described as an uncommon philanthropist, an icon of rare kind, a role model, a pathfinder, a woman with the heart of gold and a pillar of African traditional cultures, it’s a big deal.
Here’s a woman whose epithets and stories of her good works could fill a house. Her mantra, centred around making life better for the people, has continued to resonate loudly across her State of origin and indeed beyond.
Yes ago, one Ms Comfort Adefulire, one of the beneficiaries of the free health care services carried out by a team of medical experts from Texas, United States flooded social media with posts eulogizing Erelu Tinuade.
Her tenacity of purpose coupled with unquenchable thirst to leave the Nigerian society, most particularly her beloved Ondo people better than she met them is the reasosn her people would never stop seeking for her intervention anytime government failed them.
It’s a known fact that many whose paths have crossed that of Erelu may have cringed, recoiled or cried inside at one time or another when it suddenly would have hit them that this great philanthropist will not be around forever. Yes, nobody lives forever but footprints are forever. Her indellible legacies would never be forgotten. I wish more leaders and politicians will learn from this rare being, the beauty of selfless services and the imperatives of transcendental leadership.
Today, on behalf of my family, my team at Observers’ Reflection International and Metropolitan Mirror, I join millions of your followers and well-wishers to wish you a happy 61st birthday celebration. May God spare your life to do even more for humanity.
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