MOBO­LAJI ade­nubi

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• She was born in Massey Street Hos­pi­tal in La­gos on De­cem­ber 15, 1941, to Dr Folorunso and Safu Salawu

• Her pa­ter­nal grand­mother, Shan­uola, gave her the name Mobo­laji, which means born into wealth

• She at­tended St. Teresa’s Col­lege, Ibadan, for her sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion. For her ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion, she went to the Univer­sity of Read­ing, UK, in 1961

• Mrs Mobo­laji’s fa­ther ex­posed her to books. He dis­cussed the con­tents of those books with her and her sib­lings

• She strongly be­lieves that her in­ter­est and pas­sion for writ­ing de­vel­oped from those ex­er­cises given by her fa­ther while grow­ing up

• In 1965, her story, ‘Strange En­counter’ was pub­lished by the Bri­tish Broad­cast­ing Cor­po­ra­tion

• She once worked at the Child Guid­ance Clinic in Yaba, La­gos, as a so­cial worker

• In 1972, she was em­ployed by the Fed­eral Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion as a lec­turer at the Fed­eral Tech­ni­cal Teach­ers’ Col­lege, La­gos

• Her first pub­lished book, ‘Splen­did’, was writ­ten in mem­ory of her late son, Wole

• She took a very bold step in her ca­reer in 1989 when re­tired as an as­sis­tant di­rec­tor at the Fed­eral Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion to be­come a writer

• At 79, she says that writ­ing gives her the rea­son to con­tinue en­joy­ing life.

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