Biography: Hannah Idowu Dideolu Awolowo (née Adelana; November 25, 1915 – September 19, 2015), popularly known as HID.She was born to a modest family in the small Ikenne community of Ogun State in Nigeria. She was married to politician Obafemi Awolowo from December 26, 1937 to his death in 1987. He famously referred to her as his “jewel of inestimable value”. She was also a successful businesswoman and astute politician. She played an active role in the politics of Western Nigeria. She stood in for her husband in the alliance formed between theNCNC and the AG, called the United Progressive Grand Alliance (UPGA), while he was tried and in jail.
The plans were that she would contest the elections, and if she won, would step down for her husband in a by-election. To fulfil his dream of becoming president in the Second Republic, she toured the length and breadth of the country with her husband campaigning. She also coordinated the women’s wing of the party and was always present at all party caucuses. A successful businesswoman, she became the first Nigerian distributor for the Nigerian Tobacco Company (NTC) in 1957. She was the first to import lace materials and other textiles into Nigeria. On September 19, 2015, she died at the age of 99 just over 2 months short of her 100th birthday.
The Woman Hood organised an event in Memorial of Mrs Hannah Idowu Dideolu Awolowo popularly called HID, naming the event “The HID AWOLOWO WOMAN HOOD CELEBRATION”.These is to celebrate the true woman hood of Madam HID Awolowo whom she was when she was alive. It was held on the 23rd November, 2015, in a colourful mood at her Ikenne home.
In Attendance were family members, Governors wife’s for the East, West, South and North zones, Presidents of Wimbz, Women Arise, Zonta Int, Remo Diocesian Women Group, YMCA, Women In -Politics,International women Society,Market Women, FADAN President and Members Of FADAN and well wishers.Everyone present at the occasion were all highly honoured. FADAN Family dressed Uniformly gaily for the occasion with DaViva Fabrics, especially thanks to DaViva.
At the ceremony, National President FADAN, Mrs Funmi Ajila Ladipo,in her speech said,”Mama Awolowo was an elegant, hard-working, textile merchant, above all decently dressed and a pace setter during her own time while she was alive.She patronized locally made fabrics ,she was a true designer and a fashionister from the look of her wardrobe”.The National President , Mrs Funmi Ajila Ladipo, presented the family an award on behalf of FADAN with Mrs Folawiyo “Life Patron”.
Scenes of pictures at the event below: