FEATURE ARTICLE

Tuesday, June 4, 2019
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MRS. DOLAPO OSINBAJO: A CULTURAL ICON!

"She (Mrs. Dolapo Osinbajo) is among the few left in her era, she was trained, and she trained herself." -Mustafa Kabiru Olowolagba

he wife of the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Mrs. Dolapo (ne Soyode) Osinbajo, a granddaughter of Obafemi Awolowo is an epitome of grace and candor. She is an icon of inspiration to the youth. The aesthetic Second Lady is a good ambassador to her home; her progenitor and the political wizardry of Late Chief Obafemi Awolowo.

The quotation above is one of the comments on a viral cultural portrait of Mrs. Oludolapo. Mrs. Osinbajo potrays and embellishes our fast vanishing culture in Yorubaland. It is mesmerizing to see the wife of the Vice President of Nigeria, Mrs. Oludolapo Osibanjo genuflecting admirably to the admiration of Baba Buhari, the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Every culture in Nigeria has its own beautiful cultural heritage. "A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin, and culture is like a tree without roots." The tree will fall! We must work hard to preserve our culture! While we preserve our culture, we must not have contempt or dishonor for other people's cultures. Mrs. Osinbajo is a cultural icon and renaissance---and one of the cultural representations of the Yoruba unique tradition. The infiltration of western cultures have done a lot of damage to our socio-cultural lives. With people like quintessential Mrs. Osibanjo and other great commentators and admirers of her vintage cultural persona, hope of our cultural revival is not lost afterall.

Anytime I see Mrs. Oludolapo Osibanjo, she makes me a proud son of "Od t d w" (Oduduwa). Admirably, It will be a great privilege for me pay homage to this woman of substance anytime I am in Nigeria.

Interestingly, I have watched and studied the First Lady, Aisha Buhari along with the Second Lady, Dolapo Osinbajo closely with keen interest over the years. I admire these charismatic and simple women that betoken Nigerian and African cultural anthropology. The two ladies' respect for elders is admirable and worthy of emulation by all decent men and women around. The cooperation and mutual respect these women have for themselves is worthy of emulation.

Meanwhile, in appearance and beaut, Mrs. Dolapo Osinbajo is an amorous woman. In substance and value, she beautifies potent minds. In grace and blessings, God endows her with refinement of movement, elegance and contingent of contentment. She's a good representation of the young girls growing up in the fouled Nigerian political firmament. Mrs. Osibanjo is also a repairer to other dysfunctional families in our religious environment.

Second Lady Osinbajo is an adorable woman. If you see a family, or a man in a house dwelling in the euphoria of love and happiness, please, do not hesitate to give unblemished accolades and praises to the woman (manager) in the house for a job well done. Our loveable Vice President is a happy man with every simplicity he represents. Woman is a catalyst for a happy home; and woman is also an enhancer for a dysfunctional homes. As a student of Cognitive Thinking, Mrs. Dolapo Osinbajo's advocacy for prevention of violence against children and women in whatever form interests me a great deal. She believes strongly in the application of cognitive thinking in raising a family and children.

Mrs Dolapo Osinbajo's unpretentious simplicity has embellished my mind in most profound ways. She is not a two-faced individual. A behavior very common to most Nigerians. She's a well-cultured woman---very respectful, faithful, loyal and friendly to everyone she comes across.

Mrs. Osibanjo as one of the scions of Late Chief Obafemi Awolowo acts very true to her nurtured nature and cradle. She is a true daughter of her parents and our progenitors. Omo Yorb att t gbayi. Why would this woman not enjoy the unblemished romance and true love of her husband-Yemi Osibanjo? Why would she not be loved by all lovers of our great Yoruba culture?

I love people who possess respect, decency and humane demeanor. Mrs Osinbajo is one! But I have discreet impatience and with zero tolerance for nagging, idiocy, opportunism and grandstanding! Mrs Osibanjo is a true representation of the inside and outside beauty of good Nigerian women. Her self-preservation elated me to show my scions (children) her moral values, respect and what she truly represents. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo's wife, Mrs. Dolapo Osinbajo is a role model for other women in good families and other families in search of their moral values and identities.

At a period our youth in Nigeria is in a moral conundrum and dysfunctional system, Mrs. Osibanjo must continue to role-model; bring back decency, and help reorder our extinguishing beautiful Yoruba cultural heritage.

Yoruba Gbayi!

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