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Iyalode Alaba Lawson Dies At 72

• She was an epitome of excellence, says Gov. Abiodun

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Iyalode of Yorubaland and first female National President of the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA), Alaba Lawson, is dead. She was aged 72.

The news was announced on Saturday in a statement by her Media Consultant, Prince Dimeji Kayode-Adedeji.

According to him, she died peacefully in her bedroom at about 5.47 am on Saturday.

“This is to announce the transition of a notable female Nigerian entrepreneur, an educationist the Iyalode of Egbaland and Iyalode of Yoruband, Iyalode Alaba Oluwaseun Lawson, who passed on peacefully today, Saturday the 28th of October 2023 at 72.

“We lost our mother, benefactor to the cold hands of death this morning at her private residence in Abeokuta.

“It was a sad Saturday morning, but we cannot question God, who knows the best. We thank God for her life. She lived a fulfilled life. Iyalode came, saw and conquered and she will forever continue to rest in perfect peace,” Kayode-Adedeji stated.

He also said the corpse of the late Lawson has been deposited at a private mortuary, adding that burial arrangements will be announced later.

A condolence register, he said, has been opened at her private home and her private schools located in Oke-Ilewo and Kuto areas of Abeokuta.

Mourning her demise, the Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, described the late Iyalode as an epitome of excellence, who represented the very best of Nigerian womanhood and was a model to generations of women.

In a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Lekan Adeniran, Abiodun described the incident as a huge loss to the nation, saying he took solace in the fact that “the deceased left huge landmarks across a broad spectrum of the Nigerian landscape.

The governor added that she would be remembered for being a blessing to thousands of Nigerians who crossed paths with her.

Iyalode was the 19th national president of NACCIMA, as well as the first female president, Federation of the West African Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FEWACCI).

She was matron and chairman, Board of Trustees of Abeokuta Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (ABEOCCIMA); chairman of the Advisory Board of US-Nigeria Trade Council USA; president pro-tempore of the Forum of Female Traditional Rulers in Nigeria; chairman, Board of Governing Council, Moshood Abiola Polytechnic (MAPOLY), Ogun state; Past President, Abeokuta Chamber of Commerce; past president, Ogun Council of Chambers of Commerce and past president, Odu’a Chambers of Commerce.

The late administrator was also Global Convener, NACCIMA Business Women Group (NAWORG); fellow and council member, Institute of Directors (IoD); member, Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI); council Member, Nigerian/British Chambers of Commerce (NBCC); chairman, Board of Trustees, Nigerian Quality Infrastructure Forum (NIQIF); matron, Women in Logistic and Transport (WILAT); and chairman, ABESTONE Microfinance Bank.

In recognition of her feats in commerce and education, the State of Georgia, United States of America, conferred on her, an honorary citizenship in November 2017.

Born on January 18, 1951, into the family of Pa Jiboku (popularly called Jiboku Tannatanna) of the defunct Electricity Corporation of Nigeria (ECN), her mother was Emmanuel Abiona Jiboku, daughter of Aderupoko Coker fame of Itesi, Abeokuta.

Her education spanned through St. James’s African Primary School, Idi-Ape, Abeokuta, Abeokuta Girls’ Grammar School, Anglican Girls’ Grammar School and St. Nicholas Montessori Teachers’ Training College at Prince’s Gate, England.

Reacting to the death of its matron, the Ogun State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), said, “Iyalode was a colossus that made significant impacts on the sand of time and history will not forget her contributions.”

A statement signed by its Secretary, Comrade Bunmi Adigun, reads, “At Ogun NUJ, her counsels and words of wisdom would remain indelible, as she was a unifying factor, that consistently rally journalists when opportunity beckons.

“We, therefore commiserate with the Yoruba race, Ogun State and Lawson family on this irreplaceable loss of a woman on enigma who conquered every business opportunity at her disposal.

“We pray God to grant the Lawson family fortitude to bear the loss and grant her eternal rest,” NUJ said.

Iyalode with some journalists

 

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