Mrs HID Awolowo's younger brother at 94 years old bursted into tears on hearing of his sister's death.
Ninety-four year-old sibling of the late HID Awolowo, Pa Taiwo Adelana, visited the Ikenne country home of the Awolowos on Thursday and wept profusely on learning that her elder sister had passed on.
Adelana, a retired teacher, was brought into the Efunyela Hall inside the compound at exactly 3:20pm on a wheelchair by a relation, He was not aware of his sister’s death until he got to Ikenne on Thursday.
Wiping tears from his face with a white handkerchief, he could only exclaim, “ha! ha! ha!,” speaking
to no one in particular.
The nonagenarian, whose speech was incoherent, told journalists that he had been dreaming about his late elder sister since the past three days. This, he said, forced him to
insist that he should be brought to Ikenne to see his sister from Lagos where he lives.
Pa Adelana explained that HID Awolowo had always said he would be one of those that would bury her.
Amidst sobs and tears, he said:
“She (HID) had always said I would be the one to bury her. Oh, now she’s gone! She really cared for me, ha, ha, ha!”He was later assisted by a relation to sign the condolence register.
The matriarch of the Awolowo dynasty was born on November 25, 1915, and passed on last Saturday, exactly 67 days to her centenary birthday.