By Muyiwa Akintunde
Even if you lived at the dead end of the world, Mama Teacher would find you out. Mama Teacher l’ese!
In preparing for my wedding, I moved out of Egbe, where my now late older brother Yemisi resided with his family, to another suburb of Lagos, Alagbado in the early ’90s. Not too many family and friends could go that far to seek me out. But not Mama Teacher. She was my guest several times.
Between 1999 and 2004 when I worked in Campbell Street with Africa Today magazine, Mama Teacher would not complete her regular visits to the pensions office within that vicinity without checking on me. She got introduced to my publisher Kayode Soyinka and my other colleagues.
Even as she aged, she would not miss family meetings and engagements no matter how distant. Family meant everything to Mama Teacher.
I recall the Fadairo Descendants meeting last November at Ogba Iyo area of Ijoko, Ogun State. As complicated as it is for those of us younger to assess that location, Mama Teacher was there before the scheduled time (punctuality was her other virtue). I was still navigating my way when she called to ask for direction. She was close to the venue already!
Unknown to Mama Teacher that the Fadairo reunion and prayer session in Abese had been called off last January due to Covid-19 concerns, she found her way to our ancestral home. The new development was conveyed to her by the Baale of Abese, High Chief Olawale Aikulola who then put a call to me. I had to profusely offer apologies on behalf of the family.
Mama Teacher would always asked me about my younger siblings either when we met at family functions or whenever I called her. Her life resolved around promoting love and unity among family members. She was in the mould of our forebears who held themselves together not allowing for differences of birth.
One of the highpoints of her eventful life was seeing her former student emerged the Governor of Lagos State. She was a teacher for several decades at Birch Freeman High School, Surulere. And Babatunde Raji Fashola was her student. She would always regale us with her time with her pupil, who received her warmly at Governor’s Office, Alausa during his second term as Governor.
Mama Teacher, we will always have fond memories of you.
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