Tinubu honours late mother, highlights importance of entertainment industry

By Kunle Sanni

Pesident Bola Tinubu emphasized the significance of the entertainment industry in preserving history and educating the younger generation at a stage production honoring his late mother, Hajiya Abibatu Mogaji.

Speaking at the event held at the State House Conference Centre, President Tinubu announced plans for increased government investment in culture and arts to connect the past with the present and pave the way for the future.

President Tinubu (R) and Vice President Shettima (L) at the event

The play, titled “Abibatu Mogaji: An Opera,” was attended by notable figures, including Vice-President Kashim Shettima, Senate President Godswill Akpabio, and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Right Honourable Tajudeen Abbas.

The event celebrated the legacy of Hajiya Abibatu Mogaji, who passed away on June 15, 2013, at the age of 96.

In a statement issued by Ajuri Ngelale, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Tinubu credited his mother for instilling in him resilience, determination, and discipline.

“My first restaurant was the best. My first toilet was the best. My first bedroom was her back. There is no way I could have come this far, and become this old without her care,’’ he remarked.

President Tinubu, Senator Godswill Akpabio and other dignitaries at the event

President Tinubu expressed gratitude to the Executive Producer, Mr. Ola Awakan, and the Director, Dr. Ahmed Yerima, for creating a play that vividly portrayed his mother’s life.

He praised the play for its thorough research and accurate depiction of her character and moments on earth. “I can thank God for the gift I got from her. It was an enduring gift of character and determination. Never to give up,’’ he said.

The President noted that his son, Seyi, and other family members would benefit from the production, which he described as a valuable lesson in history through theatrical re-enactment.

Seyi Tinubu, in his vote of thanks, appreciated the managers and crew for their excellent performance in immortalizing the late Iya-loja of Lagos.

On his part, Mr. Awakan thanked the President for his support and the opportunity to stage the play at the Presidential Villa.

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