…Holds Prayer Session @ KOBITI Central Mosque, ABEOKUTA
Popular busineswoman, Alhaja Kudijat Bisi Edionseri was 88 a few days ago. But she did not celebrate it big because of Ramadan. She only had a special prayer session organised for her at the Kobiti Central Mosque in Abeokuta, Ogun State.
At the session, she spoke to journalists about the emergence of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu as President elect to Journalists.
Alhaja Kadijat Bisi Edionseri, said President-elect, Bola Tinubu, cannot afford to disappoint Nigerians, because his presidency is one many have long waited for.
She also criticised Papa Ayo Adebanjo, the acting leader of Afenifere, the pan-Yoruba socio-political group, for his opposition to Tinubu’s emergence as President- elect.
Speaking with journalists, Edionseri urged Tinubu to assemble “true Nigerians” whose ideas align with his vision and plans for the country.
She said, “Tinubu should not disappoint us; Nigerians have waited for this time for too long and he cannot afford to fail us.
“Tinubu must solve the problem of unemployment in the country. Youth empowerment and employment would solve all the insecurity challenges that are confronting the county.
“When there is employment for our children, there would be no kidnapping, armed robbery, banditry and terrorism.
“Tinubu should only take advice from true lovers of the country, he should listen to the counsel of true Nigerians and not sycophants who are only after their personal gains.
“May his reign bring Nigeria the needed growth and prosperity many Nigerians have been yearning for.”
She said she was disappointed at Adebanjo’s opposition to Tinubu’s election.
“We expected more from those that we regarded as Yoruba elders. The likes of Pa Ayo Adebanjo, a respected Yoruba leader, played a bad role; we all expected him to play the role of an elder statesman, but he didn’t. He didn’t fight for the peace and unity of Yoruba.
“Pa Adebanjo is someone I have so much respect for, but he disappointed a lot of us with the role he played during the election.
“He (Adebanjo) thought he was only fighting the President-elect, Bola Tinubu, but what he didn’t know was that he was fighting the entire Yoruba race. He worked against the future of our children,” Edionseri said.
Let’s tell you more about this illustrious daughter of Yewa and Egba Alake. Alhaja Khadijatu Kuburat Adebisi Edionseri was born at Ibara Abeokuta Ogun State to Chief Sanusi Elegbede and Sabitiu Elegbede (Mrs) Alhaja Khadijatu Kuburat started her education at St Andrews School, Ibara but realised earlier in her life that she had a flair for business.
Subsequently, at a very tender age of 10, Alhaja Khadijatu Kuburat opted for tutelage in the sales and marketing of basic products, by joining her late sister Princess Bilikisu Akewusola at Badagry in 1945 to understudy the trade. This trading experience took her to Aganna, Olorunda, Idiagbon, Ilogbo, Ota, Coker, lju, and Ishaga Onilado.
Within a very short time, she developed a good marketing skill. This resulted in her being the most result oriented sales person in Badagry and its environs in 1954. She was appointed Dealer by John Holt in Ijebu-Ode area of Ogun State, The rapid growth of her business resulted in her being subsequently appointed as a dealer by UAC, CFAO and GBO by 1958 as a whole seller for the Ibadan area of the old Western Region.
When the Ogunpa River disaster of 1960 in Ibadan, resulted in an enormous loss from the flooding of her warehouse and shops, her dynamism and quick thinking were instrumental to her decision to register with the Ministry of Works and Ministry of Water Resources as a supplier of gravel and sand. Her business instincts and managerial skill were once again in the forefront, as she was able to grow into one of the main contractors of both Ministries. Within a period of 6 years, she was involved in the majority of drainage works for roads constructed in the old Western Region and also the construction of the majority of water reservoirs within the region.
Her commitment and zeal were instrumental to her being invited to become a contractor of the Ministry of Defence. During the Civil War of 1967-70, she was appointed one of the major food suppliers to the Nigerian Army between 1970 – 1995. she built several businesses which including road and Building Construction Company, specialized sales and Distribution Company, Farming, Advertising and Public Relations Company, and a Telecommunications Company.
Notwithstanding her very busy schedule, she gave various humanitarian causes her complete dedication.
So far over 2000 young deprived youths have benefitted from scholarship scheme for primary, secondary and university education.
About 200 others have also been sponsored for post-graduate studies within and outside Nigeria. She enjoys Giving because she believes that Giving is Living. Her ability to give without any reservation resulted in her being christened “CASH MADAM”. She has over the last Sixty (60) years supported various good humanitarian causes like hospital project, educational development projects within schools and universities, religious projects etc.
Several months back, she was officially installed as the Iya Oba of Joga Orile by Oba Adeyemi Adekeye, the Abepa of Joga Orile, who was celebrating his 20th Coronation anniversary and is 65th birthday anniversary.
In honour and recognition of her service to humanity, she has been appointed Matron of several associations and clubs like the Abeokuta Sports Club, Ogun Prestige Social Club, Club 20 Ayetoro, Metro Club Yewa, Big Gate Social Club, Abeokuta City Club, Club 85 Ijebu Mushin, Crown 88 Club of Nigeria, Ayo Club Ayetoro, Olowolagba Ladies Club, Alowo Mafisegberaga Club Lagos, Ifelodun family, Ibara Young Star Club.
Others are: Diamond Sisters Club, Sunshine Ladies Club Egba, Crown Sisters Club Egba, Iya Egbe Ogun Prestige Social Club of Egbaland, Club 12 Ayetoro Yewa North, Osupa Egba Youth Wing Idiroko, Classic Sisters Club Iya Egbe Metro Social Club Yewa Land, Iya Egbe City Club, Iya Egbe Irepolodun Social Club of Egbaland, Iya Egbe Bobagbimo Asiwaju Okunrin Akile Ijebu, Iya Egbe Bobajolu Basiri Obirin Akinle Ijebu, Iya Egbe Gbobaniyi Ashiwaju Obirin Akile Ijebu. She is also the Yeye Oba of Ayetoro, Arowo Sadinni of Aiyepe, Iya Suna Ibara, Iya Suna Ijeja, Iya Egbe Adinni of Ayetoro, Yeye Oba of Eruwa, Iya Egbe Anobi Loniigba Alasalatu, Iya Egbe Shamsu Quoran of Egba Land, Iya Egbe Alaluqurian Obirin of Egba Land, Iya Egbe Alhaja Sanmori of Egba Land, Iya Egbe Ajijola Anobi of Egba Land, Iya Egbe Alasalatu Anabilonigba of Nigeria Ijebu Branch, Talented Gents Club of Ijebuland, Iya Egbe Alasalatu of Nigeria and West Africa (AKOREDE), Matron Saaddatul Abaddiyat of Nigeria, Iya Egbe Adinni Ayetoro Yewa North.
She was also bestowed with several titles which include Iya Suna of Yewa Land, Iya Alaje of Yewaland, lyaAlaje of Egbaland, Iya Suna of Egbaland and now the Iya Suna of the Umbrella Islamic body of Ogun State The Muslim Council of Ogun State. At 82, Mama is a fulfilled woman. She is blessed with children and grandchildren. She retired at an early age in 1995 and has continued her Service to Humanity within Nigeria especially her home state, Ogun.
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