Am­bas­sador Jaiye­ola Aduke Alak­ija OFR -A Toast and Tribute

THISDAY - - DASHBOARD - Hairat Ade–Ba­lo­gun, OON is a Le­gal Prac­ti­tioner.

To the last of the Mo­he­gans Jaiye­ola Aduke Alak­ija (here­inafter re­ferred to as “Aduke”) 29th March 1921 - 27th March 2016. She was born with a sil­ver spoon in her mouth but changed it to a bril­liant plat­inum spoon which will for­ever shine. Born in La­gos to Adeyemo Alak­ija (Late Sir Adeyemo Alak­ija KBE) a bril­liant and rep­utable lawyer.

Aduke was sent to Eng­land at barely the age of 9 years.

Qual­i­fied at the Lon­don School of Eco­nomics (Univer­sity of Lon­don) with a Diploma in So­cial Sci­ence, and de­cided to fol­low her fa­ther’s steps into the Le­gal Pro­fes­sion, she qual­i­fied as a Bar­ris­ter at Law of the Honourable So­ci­ety of Mid­dle Tem­ple, Lon­don in 1952.

On re­turn to La­gos she worked as a Wel­fare Of­fi­cer in the Ju­ve­nile Court of the La­gos State Ju­di­ciary and later prac­tised in the Cham­bers of Late J.I.C Tay­lor. She moved to Com­mer­cial Law, prac­tice but soon af­ter re­turned to So­cial Ser­vice work with­out los­ing her con­nec­tion with the Le­gal Pro­fes­sion and Ser­vice to the com­mu­nity. She held the fol­low­ing posts:First Woman So­cial Wel­fare Of­fi­cer in Nigeria.

First Woman Ex­ec­u­tive Sec­re­tary Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try.

First Woman Hon­orary Sec­re­tary, As­so­ci­a­tion of Cham­bers of Com­merce, In­dus­try & Mines of Nigeria.

First Nigerian As­sis­tant to the Gen­eral Man­ager, Mo­bil Oil Nigeria Ltd in charge of Le­gal and Pub­lic Re­la­tions De­part­ment. Di­rec­tor in Mo­bil Oil Nigeria Ltd, Mo­bil Ex­plo­ration Inc., Allen & El­liot, E. Os­borne (Nigeria) Ltd and Unity Life & Fire In­sur­ance Co. Ltd.

Pro­fes­sional and So­cial Ac­tiv­i­ties One of the Founders and Sec­re­tary of New Era Col­lege for Girls, La­gos.

Trustee, and Life Pres­i­dent of Federal So­ci­ety for the Blind.

Trustee and Coun­cil Mem­ber Corona School Trusts Coun­cil for over 50 years till 2011.

Mem­ber and Trustee of Soroptimist In­ter­na­tional which she in­tro­duced to Nigerian Women.

Trustee and Coun­cil Mem­ber of Nigerian Con­ser­va­tion Foun­da­tion (NCF).

Life Mem­ber, (Pres­i­dent – 1975 – 1977) of In­ter­na­tional Fed­er­a­tion of Women Lawyers (FIDA) which she in­tro­duced to Nigeria. Hon Life Pres­i­dent of F.I.D.A In­ter­na­tional.

Founder Mem­ber and Trustee of In­ter­na­tional Women’s So­ci­ety (IWS) and Le­gal Ad­viser of Na­tional Coun­cil of Women So­ci­eties (NCWS) for five years.

Trustee and Mem­ber of Con­tin­u­ing Le­gal Ed­u­ca­tion As­so­ci­a­tion of Nigeria (CLEAN).

Mem­ber of Pub­lic Aware­ness Com­mit­tee of Mu­si­cal So­ci­ety of Nigeria (MUSON) un­til 2011.

Other Con­tri­bu­tions in the ser­vice of the Na­tion

Em­ployer Del­e­gate to African Re­gional Con­fer­ence of In­cor­po­ra­tion Labour Or­gan­i­sa­tion (I.L.O) and Chair­man of Em­ployer Group 1960.

Chair­man of Em­ployer Del­e­gate to the Geneva In­cor­po­ra­tion Labour Or­gan­i­sa­tion (I.L.O) Gen­eral Meet­ing 1961.

Del­e­gate to the In­ter­na­tional Con­fer­ence Vas­sar Col­lege USA, 1961.

Nigerian Del­e­gate to the United Na­tions 1961, 1963, 1964 and 1965.

Nigerian Del­e­gate, Speaker and Chair of Ses­sions of In­ter­na­tional Fed­er­a­tion of Women Lawyers (FIDA) Con­fer­ences from 1966 to 1992.

Nigerian Am­bas­sador to Swe­den with con­cur­rent ac­cred­i­ta­tion to Nor­way, Fin­land and Den­mark from 1984 to 1988.

Hon­ours and Awards De­gree of Doc­tor of Laws (PhD) Hon­oris Causa, Columbia Univer­sity, USA, 1964.

Nigerian Na­tional Hon­our of OFR (Of­fi­cer of the Federal Repub­lic, 2005).

THISDAY Woman of Dis­tinc­tion Award, 2015

Am­bas­sador Aduke Alak­ija was a woman of strong char­ac­ter who grew old grace­fully and wisely. Her trade­mark was to cor­rect bad be­hav­ior, rude­ness and un­jus­ti­fied ig­no­rance on the spot. She was very strict but hu­mane and gen­er­ous.

She has di­rectly and in­di­rectly men­tored many prom­i­nent Nigerian pro­fes­sion­als and busi­ness­men, who to­day call her “Aun­tie Aduke”.

She was an in­spi­ra­tion to many lawyers (male and fe­male).

Artists - spon­sored Bruce Onabrak­paya solo ex­hi­bi­tions in 1964. - En­cour­aged David Dale. Writ­ers, Au­thors and po­ets in the world of Pro­fes­sor J.P. Clark.

Con­ser­va­tion­ist - Her last pub­lic out­ing was at the An­nual Din­ner/Dance of NCF in Novem­ber 2015. Above all she loved Music and Danc­ing, Good Food and Wine.

CHEERS, TO OUR AB­SENT FRIEND

Aduke Alak­ija with Mrs. Gandhi and Dr. Awoliyi to her left in the 50s

Aduke Alak­ija The Young Bar­ris­ter

Am­bas­sador Alak­ija at the 17th THISDAY Life­time Achieve­ment Award, 2012

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