Home » Archives by category » In-Memoriam

Uzbekistan Prepares To Bury Veteran Leader Islam Karimov

Uzbekistan Prepares To Bury Veteran Leader Islam Karimov

Uzbekistan has started three days of mourning as it buries its president, Islam Karimov, who spent 27 years in power. Thousands of Uzbeks lined up along Tashkent’s main thoroughfare at dawn on Saturday as Karimov’s funeral cortege made its way through the city. Karimov, who died on Friday at the age of 78 after suffering […]

Muhammad Ali: The 20 Best Moments That Made Him The Greatest

Muhammad Ali: The 20 Best Moments That Made Him The Greatest

1) Takes up boxing after his bike is stolen (1954) If it wasn’t for the lure of free food, Muhammad Ali may never have boxed. As the 12-year-old Cassius Clay he pedalled on his red and white Schwinn bike to the Louisville Home Show, an exhibition for black businesses, for the free popcorn, hot dogs […]

Kenya’s Former First Lady Lucy Kibaki Dies In London

Kenya’s Former First Lady Lucy Kibaki Dies In London

Kenya’s controversial former first lady, Lucy Kibaki, has died in a London hospital of an undisclosed illness. She gained notoriety for slapping a cameraman in 2005 when she stormed the offices of a private media group in anger at the way a story about her had been reported. In a tribute to Mrs Kibaki, President […]

In Loving Memory Of Funmilayo Adunni Olayinka

In Loving Memory Of Funmilayo Adunni Olayinka

My darling sister, what can I say? Three years have gone by since you left us. I miss you every single day. There is always something that reminds me of the times we had together. You were my sister, friend, confidante, companion, so many things. I know that you are resting, far away from the […]

‘I Just Wanted To Hear Your Voice’

‘I Just Wanted To Hear Your Voice’

In Memory of Funmilayo Adunni Olayinka I first met Mrs Funmi Olayinka in February 2007. My husband waded into the so-called murky waters of politics in 2005 as a Gubernatorial Candidate for the then AD, later Action Congress in Ekiti State. As we embarked on our political journey, I was particularly interested in the role […]

Former First Lady Nancy Reagan, 94, dies from heart failure at her Bel Air home

Former First Lady Nancy Reagan, 94, dies from heart failure at her Bel Air home

Nancy Reagan has died at the age of 94. The former First Lady, wife of President Ronald Reagan, passed away in Bel Air on Sunday after suffering congestive heart failure. Starting as an actress in the 1940s and 1950s, she married Ronald Reagan – then president of the Screen Actors Guild – in 1952. Mrs […]

The Bisi Troika: A tribute to Mrs Olabisi Olateru- Olagbegi (1952-2015)

The Bisi Troika:  A tribute to Mrs Olabisi Olateru- Olagbegi (1952-2015)

I first met Mrs Olabisi Olateru-Olagbegi (who I will hereafter refer to as Auntie Bisi) in the early 1990s. When I first met her, I was working for Akina Mama wa Afrika (AMwA), an international development organisation for African women based in London, with programs across Africa. From 1992-1995, there were several key UN Conferences […]

The Mother Who Was Also My Muse, By Niyi Osundare

The Mother Who Was Also My Muse, By Niyi Osundare

Although slightly lengthy but every second on this piece is very worth the time as Niyi Osundare eulogizes his late mother, Yeye Fasimia Osundare, who joined the ancestresses on November 9, 2015, and was committed to Mother Earth on January 8, 2016.   Extract from his 11th book of poems, ‘The World Is an Egg’…..Enjoy. […]

Bisi Olateru-Olagbegi (1953-2015)

Bisi Olateru-Olagbegi (1953-2015)

Our sister died. And we are all devastated. We called her Sista Bisi, Mama Kiitan, Olori, Chief (Mrs). To some other people, she was lawyer Bisi, or simply Bisi; at a time she was Bisi Cole, and later Mrs Bisi Olateru-Olagbegi, wife of the Olowo of Owo, HRM Fola Olateru-Olagbegi. She was a diligent, hardworking, […]

Olori Bisi Olateru–Olagbegi (1953-2015) – The end of era and the beginning of a legacy.

Olori Bisi Olateru–Olagbegi (1953-2015) – The end of era and the beginning of a legacy.

Our sister Olori Bisi Olateru – Olagbegi; Lawyer, activist, women’s rights campaigner, mother, mentor, friend, entrepreneur and Executive Director Women Consortium Nigeria (WOCON) has left us. I know that as we get on in years, we get to that point where it is either we are holding memorials for others or it is being held […]