Florence Jadesola Aboderin Unsung Greatness


Book Title: Florence Jadesola Aboderin Unsung Greatness

Author: Four Points Communication Ltd

Publisher: New Africa Book Publishers

Publication year: 2016


Unsung greatness reads into Florence Jadesola Aboderin’s fifty-six years sojourning on earth. Her story leads through her business proficiency, career management and motherly responsibility which all build up into the making of an eventual leader she became after the demise of her husband (Chief Olubunmi Aboderin), the founder and publisher of The Punch Newspaper (Nigeria’s most widely read Newspaper).

Florence Jadesola Aboderin (nee Babajide) takes her leadership capacity in the family so strong, manifesting more as the disciplinarian mother. Her temperament and that of her hubby seems to balance well, complementing each other. One (husband- Olubunmi) is extremely soft-handed where disciplining the children is concerned and Florence Jadesola seems to be the opposite version of her partner, a hard-core disciplinarian. Shalewa (Jadesola’s first daughter) recounts on her mother’s disciplinary act, bringing to light an occasion when she left home alongside her siblings to the Murtala Muhammed Airport which was very close to one of their Lagos residence. Well I think on a personal note, if mum applies her disciplinary act here then, it should be commendable (Pg. 46-47). Telling it from the manly angle, Wale (Jadesola’s first born and eldest son) was also warned not to ride in the busy street of the family’s Ilupeju residence. Of course this wouldn’t go too cool with a youngster about his age who wouldn’t be able to get the real feel of owning a brand new chopper bicycle (Pg.47). Going by the European standard, and citing the status quo where disciplining a child in London is concerned, Jadesola wouldn’t have attempted driving sense into her children with the rod. But the change of geographical location to Africa where correcting a child with the rod is prevalent, Florence Jadesola had to leverage on the tolerance nature of the African society to bring up the kind of children she would be proud she raised.

She sent out word to prayer warriors everywhere to intercede… (Pg 55). Jadesola came to good knowledge of the required parenting trait and value. She thus cleverly dispensed it to her initially naïve children. On account of this biography, the author exemplifies more, giving particular attention on her spirituality and most especially her untamed prayer life. She wasn’t just nominal but had come to understand the efficacy of prayer and even deem it fit to instill it in her children. Her children once pondered on the reason why she’d to lay hands on them whenever she prays. Maybe I know how her kids feel like, then (as I have come to once feel like that too) (Pg. 55).

The unsung Greatness of Florence Jadesola Aboderin

One of Jadesola’s unsung greatness came to being after she counseled that two children on admission then at the University College Hospital in Ibadan (where she served as a nurse) be de-wormed. But since medical practice in Nigeria esteems the medical doctors as the ‘Judge’ (as in, one with the final say) over every other professionals in the medical line, then her advise was turned down and later report had it that, those children died of worm-related causes. This singular incident leads to her pulling out from the nursing profession.

Jadesola resorted to doing odd jobs to maintain her family… (Pg 84).The unsung greatness of every mother is the ability to complement her hubby even while he is away or better still when he is insufficient in financial provision. This also becomes evident in Florence Jadesola who stood in the gap for her career and ambitious husband (while Olubunmi studies Accountancy in London) after she took up three menial jobs to assist with the family’s welfare (Pg 83-84).

Jadesola’s experience in London where she was joggling two or more jobs makes up for her, an accompanying element,  giving rise to her becoming the first female mortgage banker in Africa  (Pg. 89). This achievement raised her above the prejudice which sees the women folk as second class or third class citizens.

One greatness yet unsung is the involvement of Jadesola in the setting up of Lagos Building corporation. The fact that she introduced creative measures that enabled Lagosians own a home was quite commendable alongside testimonies of her humanitarian sacrifice to the will of prospect applying for mortgage loans. Despite her readiness to help those in need she still stand up to basic work ethics and high sense of discipline which is today highly commendable (Pg. 96-100). Worthy to be sung also is Jadesola’s revival of the Epe Plywood industries (Pg. 105-106).

For almost a year, the UBS MD ran the office from home… (Pg 110)  Florence Jadesola pioneered as the Managing Director of Universal Building society which sacrificially cost her running the office from home. That she never had an office space wasn’t enough reason not to start or stop her from making her mark in life.

Florence involvement in partisan politics didn’t go well with her children (Pg 94). The usual discourse which eventually results into pandemonium seems to be the order of the day at every political meetings. Some ill operations of UPN leadership (the case of thuggery. With reference to Bayo Success who was hired to terrorize rival political factions) which Jadesola belongs led to her fear of the unknown, leading to her protectively cautioning her family members against the strolling trouble which might be encountered on the streets (Pg. 95-96).

Reading Florence Jadesola Aboderin’s Unsung greatness, I see a Florence who was studious, committed and stood up to what she believes is morally upright all through her fifty-six years of sojourn on earth, and up to a point when her husband died. While it is important for people to make-up their physical look, it is also important to ‘make-up’ the innermost part of one’s personality (see last paragraph Pg 110) into that individual of one’s dream.




Book title: Abiku: The battle of the Gods

Author:  Elizabeth Salawu

Published by: Segilola Publishing

Publication year: 2016


Have you ever seen an Abiku lady? Never dare you to struggle to get her man off her. She can really be deadly dangerous than you can ever think. My first approach to the meaning of the phrase ‘Abiku’ as a young man of the Yoruba descent was very startling. Initially, I thought an Abiku is a demon possessed child (of course somehow they are) but a broadened understanding of the Yoruba context and interpretation into the world of mysteries taught me to understand that Abiku actually meant reincarnation but with some mystical features at times which sometimes may not be explainable.

Writing with an indigenous understanding of what Abiku meant to Africans or better still Yorubas is one good way to lecture the western world about reincarnation. Elizabeth takes turn through the thought of a mixed race girl in her early twenties who finds curiosity with who she is and what the immediate world around her says about her being even while she never knew it.

Writing from the beach, why?  There seem to be something mystical about this writing location of our major character. Writing from the beach gave me a pause. It further made me brood over Dayo simultaneously pondering while reading this piece, and asking why the author preferred to do this without a strong association to the context with which she writes. The question again reiterates, why write from the beach? She might have her reasons but it will be better only if she could just define it a little. At least explain things to a voraciously curious reader like myself.

Doing drug, of course, is no good, getting so much Hallucinated is even crazy enough to note and most especially when it comes from a substance like Cocaine. The author leads her reader once more into the world where illicit sex and the harmful effect of a drug would make one wonder he’s somewhat in an amusement park. Thinking of Henry and finding Akin in her dream was one big trouble (a good drama though for the readers making our heart race like the sport car used in Formula one) Ekundayo may not be able to see through only if she understands what it meant in this other part of the world we find our footing. And most especially when there is already a sexual intimacy with a man from another world the battle can just be as fierce as you will possibly guess.

Switching between mortal and intermittently the immortal world is one distinct feature found amongst the Abikus. Elizabeth did just justice to this with a good use of a cinematic mind. She set off a battle ground for two men, whose struggle for the big prize (Ekundayo) is already resulting into insanity for the prize (Ekundayo) herself. Dayo is now at a crossroad. It is either she embraces who she use to be and get cleaved to her spouse in the immortal world or settle for her mortal and first love who seems to be confused about an initial sweet taste of love gone sour.

If you know of Abiku and haven’t read this book, then you may not really know it. Abiku, the reincarnation is a story you will be glad you read.  This is a story of love, Mystery, doubt and fear of the unknown grafted into a myth this world still trembles at.