Glory be to God,as Chief ‘Folake Solanke, First Lady Senior Advocate of Nigeria is 89 years old today. We wish Mama Solanke, who has many firsts, national and international, to her distinguished self, many happy and glorious returns. Amen.
Amongst others, she was the first female commissioner in the regime of retired Brigadier Oluwole Rotimi, a former Military Governor of the now-defunct Western State of Nigeria; the first and only female Chair of Africa’s first television station, the defunct Western Nigeria Television(WNTV)and the Western Nigeria Broadcasting Service(WNBS);the first Yeyemofin of Ife;the first non-white President of Zonta International etc,
R-L Chief ‘Folake Solanke,SAN,my humble self,Oloye ‘Lekan Alabi,Ekefa Olubadan of Ibadanland and the first Culture Ambassador of the National Museum and Monument,Ile Ife and Professor ‘Wole Soyinka,Africa’s first Nobel Laureate at the 75th birthday luncheon/autobiography launch of Chief Solanke,at the Paul Hendricks Auditorium,University College Hospital(UCH),Ibadan,Oyo State of Nigeria.Professor Soyinka was the Guest Speaker and I,the compere of the ceremony.