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Celebrating Quintessential Mama, Alhaja Lateefat Olufunke Gbajabiamila @94

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Celebrating Quintessential Mama, Alhaja Lateefat Olufunke Gbajabiamila @94

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I have the honour to refer to the above subject -matter and,on behalf of the Nigerian Technical Aid Corps and my dear family,convey our humble felicitations to you on this grand occasion of the celebration of your 94th birthday.

Surely,Ma,this day provides us , family friends, associates of your great scions and admirers of the Gbajabiamila Dynasty of Lagos,the opportunity to make merry and pay glowing tributes to your life as the quintessential Matriarch of a family you have built and made sacrifices for beyond every strain of the imagination.

Ma,you remain for us that woman of very admirable virtues whose personal industry and commitment to humanity have combined to shape the fate of not only today’s Lagos State,but the Nigerian nation at large.

Your life has continued to epitomize not only the strength and resilience of the real “black queen” celebrated in our African folklores and books for being the bastion of family life and values,but you have also notably extended this strength of character and famed industry to offer distinct and diverse services to society and humanity in more ways than anyone could possibly capture in a single text of this nature, including bearing the torch of women political emancipation as the First Elected Female Council Chair in Lagos State,a position that has birthed many firsts in many areas of life!

There is no doubt, therefore,Mama,that you remain one of the greatest women to grace the turf of the Nigerian nation at all times.You have in over the last 70 years of your adult life emptied yourself of the deepest deposits of goodwill,wisdom, character ,astuteness and industry, all from which you have drawn extensively to remain an outstanding Paragon of community leadership, political service,committed philanthropy and religious devotion.

It is no wonder, therefore,that the traces of the life of quality service,which you have led these past years remain aglow in the lives of your children, including the current Chief of Staff to Mr President and Speaker of the 9th House of Representatives,Rt.Hon.Femi Hakeem Gbajabiamila,our dear Leader,and his sibling,Lanre,both of whom have discharged themselves equitably in their very unique services to Fatherland

As the entire world celebrates you today,Ma,we cannot but do more,seeing the laudable trajectories your life and service to humanity have continued to shape in the lives of not only your wonderful biological children,those of others,your Surulere community,adherents of the two major religions and even in politics ,where Rt.Hon.Gbajabiamila famously represented Surulere I Federal Constituency for a record twenty years,thanks to the trail you blazed and the footprints you left behind.

Ma,today is an opportunity to say “Thank You” for the life that you have lived and for being the distinguished stock to many scions of repute in Leadership, Politics Philanthropy,Human Development and Selfless Living.Congratulations,Mama,at 94.Again,we join the world to pay tributes to leadership, wisdom, industry as well as love of country and devotion to Allah,the Most Beneficent,the Most Merciful.May Allah (SWA) bless your new age with more years.

*Rt.Hon.(Dr.) Yusuf Buba Yakub*
Director General