Oduduwa Elite ladies social club Uk has honoured High Chief Abiola Ogundokun in London
Presenting the plague of honour to Ogundokun, Olori Victoria Adeyeye, Honourable Taiye Saliu Erinle, Chief Mrs Caroline Olaoye and Chief Mrs Foluke Oladele said that the humanitarian gesture of the Iwo born High Chief was the reason for the recognition.
It would be recalled that Chief Ogundokun played a yeoman role in ensuring safe delivery of the son named Oduduwa by Queen Chanel, the estranged queen of Oluwo of Iwo land, Oba Abdulrasheed Adewale Akanbi in far away Canada.
It would also be recalled the revelation of this rare gesture in Europe by queen Chanel led some individual and group gender sensitive organizations in Europe and America to come to the aide of the queen in resettling her in Canada.
According to the Club, “we are charitable organisation set up to assist Women with children facing/ living through domestic crisis such as:sexual abuse, physical abuse, emotional abuse .
“Our aims are; to provide applicable support to put an end against abuse among women with children in our society, to provide counselling and mental health support to those vulnerable individual who have experienced any form of domestic abuse, to ensure that women and girls in our society are not left behind by the government approach in the society. Every Woman and her children have the right to be safe to receive necessary support and adequate assistance both from the government and the community
“Our Goal are to support the government to provide basic human right of women, live free of violence and fear.”
In what can be described as reward for good deeds, the club considered High Chief Abiola Ogundokun who was reputed to have equipped the palace of Oluwo of Iwo land with befitting seaters and beddings of a first class monarch which made the palace conducive and rosy to the indigenes as well as queen Chanel while staying there.
Record has it that Ogundokun out of his philanthropic disposition built a Local Council Development Area secretariat and named it after Oluwo of Iwo land, Oba Abdulrasheed Adewale Akanbi, Telu 1. This secretariat which was commissioned by the erstwhile Governor of the State, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola is till today to the glory of his native Iwo community.
When he was the councilor of Iwo Local Government Council in 1976, he donated all his salaries for the development of his community. As a member of the Constituent Assembly in 1978, he did the same as he donated all his allowances for his community development. While as a member of the National Constitutional Conference, he did the same.
He also has been paying monthly salaries to the indigent blind people and widows in his native Iwo community, a practice he has sustained till date..
This is not to talk if numerous brilliant but indigent students from his community that has benefitted from his scholarship scheme.
In terms of promotion of religion, Ogundokun was reputed to have built the tower extension of Iwo central mosque to give a befitting place of worship to a large population of Muslim community.
Chief Abiola Ogundokun as the National Publicity Secretary of the defunct National Party of Nigeria (NPN) that ruled Nigeria in the second republic used his network of influence to attract prominent Nigerians to contribute to the development of his native Iwo community.
While his estate which was a pioneering in the community was razed in the midst of political thuggery. To the dismay of all, Ogundokun did not allow this to dampen his resolve to continue to contribute in all spheres possible to the development of his community.
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