friends honour late educationist,
From Iyabo Sotunde,
IT was a moment of the
post-humous honour for the late first President of the
National Council of Women Societies (NCWS), Chief Gladys
Tanimowo Ogunlesi as her associates and friends gathered in
Ibadan, Oyo State capital to celebrate the life and times of
the seasoned educationist and social motivator.
The event was a colourful exhibition of the photographs of
the deceased by her children as part of the week-long burial
activities lined up by the family for the founder of the
Children Home School (CHS) in Ibadan.
At the well-attended ceremony held at the Chapel of the
Children Home School, Ibadan, were members of NCWS including
Prof. Adetoun Ogunseye, the first woman professor in the
country; Mrs. Fola Ighodalo and the first woman permanent
secretary in the Western Region, Mrs. Fola Ade-Ajayi. The
members of the Odua Group of Companies led by the manager
(Corporate Affairs), Akogun Lekan Alabi, were also there.
Addressing the people at the exhibition entitled: "The
Matriach", a daughter of the deceased, Mrs. Anuoluwapo
Adio-Moses explained: "The purpose for the exhibition was to
give us the opportunity to relive the memories of mummy, you
know when one has a gift, it is important to celebrate such
gifts", she added.
Describing the late Ogunlesi as a role model to many and
one who lived a selfless life, Mrs. Adio-Moses said the event
was a way of celebrating the kind of life she lived and
appreciating her contributions to the growth of the larger
"She was dutiful, diligent and loving, a symbol of
everything that is decent. She taught us the dignity of
labour, thank God she had a glorious transition", she stated.
While opening the exhibition, Alabi stressed the need to
imbibe the virtues of the deceased and emulate her good works,
saying that the late Ogunlesi left a legacy that one could
look up to in one's daily activities.
The exhibition featured scores of the late Ogunlesi's
photographs, showing her different societal engagements while
There were those that depicted her as a wife, mother,
grandmother and indeed, a matriarch.
As a christian, there were photographs featuring her as the
"Diocesan Mother" of Remo Diocese, Anglican Communion, the
Iya-Ijo of St. Paul's Cathedral, Sagamu; founding member of
St. Anne's Church, Ibadan while as an educationist, she was
featured as the proprietress of the Children Home School,
Christ High School, as well as the Gladys Home College, all
based in Ibadan.
As a leader and social motivator, there were photographs
featuring her as a catalyst in the Action Group, board member
of various government communities of the Western Region, among
The seasoned educationist and woman leader died on December
20, 2002 at the age of 94.