The woman described by the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, as his “jewel of inestimable value”, Chief (Mrs) H.I.D Awolowo, has died at her Ikenne residence yesterday, 19 September 2015, at the age of 99.
According to a statement issued yesterday by the family and signed by her eldest daughter, Mrs. Omotola Oyediran, Mama died while praying for her children and grandchildren who were all busy with the preparation for her 100th birthday.
The statement further said that Mama Awolowo died “as she had always wished; surrounded by her children, grand children and great grand children.”
The statement reads, “With gratitude to God for her remarkable and illustrious life, the entire Awolowo family announces the glorious home-calling of our dear Matriarch, Yeye Oodua, Hannah Idowu Dideolu Awolowo this afternoon, September 19, 2015.
“Mama died as gloriously as she lived, she spent the day in the company of her children, grand children, great grand children and close family members.
“She shared a precious few minutes with them when she went in to pray for them as they met to plan her centenary birthday.
“They sang her a befitting song as she came in and she continued to pray for them.
“She died a couple of hours later as she had always wished; surrounded by her children, grand children and great grand children.”