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Tribute: Joana Harriram Foster

Tribute: Joana Harriram Foster

I am heartbroken and devastated. And this does not begin to capture how I am feeling now. Yesterday, I lost a mother figure, a dear friend and a feminist big sister, Joana Foster. I barely got any sleep all night. I tossed and turned, thinking about Auntie Joana and the years we spent together. Even […]

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 […]

Fayemi’s day of 51 solid cheers

Fayemi’s day of 51 solid cheers

The recent widely reported declaration by the Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Dr Kayode Fayemi, that states could exploit mineral resources in their domains with the attendant positive response from states has, no doubt, opened another chapter in the federal government-states relationship. In the last one month, I have stumbled on a few group discussions […]

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 […]