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Dr Ameyo Stella Adadevoh [1956-2014]

Doctor Ameyo Stella Adadevoh was born on Saturday, 27 October 1956 in Lagos, Nigeria to Professor Babatunde Kwaku Adadevoh (deceased) of the Adadevoh family of Anyako Royal House, Ghana and the Crowther/Macaulay family of Lagos, Nigeria and Deborah Regina McIntosh of the Nnmadi Azikiwe (President of Nigeria 1963-1966) and Smith/Wilkey families of Lagos, Nigeria.

Ameyo, the first of four children, began her academic career at Mainland Preparatory Primary School in Yaba, Lagos in 1961. In 1962, Ameyo’s parents temporarily relocated to Boston, Massachusetts in the United States of America where Ameyo spent two years in school.

Upon the family’s return to Nigeria in 1964, she continued her education at Corona School, Yaba in Lagos, Nigeria until 1968 and then began secondary school at Queens School Ibadan, Nigeria where she finished in 1974 with a distinction of honors in her West African Examinations Council (WAEC) Exams. Following secondary school, Ameyo completed one year of Preliminary Programme studies at the University of Lagos.

In 1980, at the age of 24, Ameyo qualified as a medical doctor with a Bachelor of Medicine/ Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree from the University Of Lagos College Of Medicine. Upon graduation, she finished a one year mandatory housemanship at Lagos University Teaching Hospital and subsequently completed her National Youth Service Corps assignment in 1982 at The Eti-Osa Health Centre in Lagos, Nigeria.

Her professional career began with a residency at Lagos University Teaching Hospital from 1983 to 1988 after which she earned the West African College of Physicians and Surgeons credential.

Ameyo married Afolabi Emmanuel Cardoso on 26 April 1986 and their union was blessed with a son Bankole Cardoso on 17 August 1988.

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‘I thought Sardauna was a god’, by the late Premier’s aide

By Mohammed Kandi


The late Sardauna of Sokoto, and the first Premier of Northern Nigeria, Sir Ahmadu Bello, was brutally killed on January 15th 1966, during the Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi led military coup. But his ideologies, influence and legacies still linger on.

Sir Ahmadu Bello is also one of the prominent leaders in Northern Nigeria alongside Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, the country’s Prime minister, both of whom were prominent in negotiations about the region’s place in Nigeria’s pre-independent and post-independent era.

Ever since his demise, the quest by today’s elite and the socio-political groups and students, especially those of northern extraction, to practise Sardauna’s many virtues and lifestyle have not been fully achieved, hence they tend to eulogise him from time to time.

The Sardauna of Sokoto, has been described by those who lived during and after his time, as a leader that would be remembered for his astute governance, selflessness in service to his nation, commitment and dedication to his duties, as well as for his generosity towards the people he met irrespective of their origin, affiliations, religion or the region they came from.

For these diverse qualities, to say that Ahmadu Bello is a hero won’t be an exaggeration. At least, Sardauna’s various accolades are well-thought out and deserving, considering his myriad of achievements and enviable legacies left for the northern region, which he had served diligently, traditional, social and political leadership during his reign.

Incidentally, a few persons who lived and worked with the Premier, and some of whom have testified to Sardauna’s prudent leadership qualities are still alive. In fact, a recent meeting with one of Ahmadu Bello’s aides did not only corroborate the earlier information given about him, it reveals how vast and multi-dimensional Sardauna’s personality is.

When contacted at his office recently by People Daily Weekend, Alhaji Tijjan Isah who worked for the Premier as a plant operator said that Sardauna’s demise was a great loss to the entire country. Tijjani is now the Head, Kadasaka dispensary which was recently upgraded and renovated under the Millennium Development Goals Conditional Grant Scheme (MDGs-CGS) in Sokoto state. He asserted that Sardauna’s gruesome killing was a national tragedy and said each time he reminisces or imagines what the north would have achieved if Sardauna lived, he has always ended in up tears.

Alhaji Tijjani now lives in Kadasaka, a remote village located in Gada Local Government Area, with a distance of over 150 kilometres from Sokoto, the state capital and seat of caliphate. As a plant operator that must ensure everything was okay technically, Tijjani was always amongst Premier’s entourage wherever he goes to commission any developmental project in the region. He believed the Premier was his ‘everything’ just as he was optimistic that his condition wouldn’t have been the same, had Sardauna lived longer.

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Tributes to the Great Emancipator Chief (Dr) Solomon Daushep Lar (1928-2013)

Brief Biodata

Chief (Dr) Solomon Daushep Lar, CON, LL.D, (the Walin Langtang), died in a United States hospital in October 2013 after a protracted illness. He was former Legislator; former Minister; first Executive Governor of old Plateau State; first National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party; Adviser Emeritus to former President Olusegun Obasanjo and member PDP Board of Trustees.

The late Chief Solomon Daushep Lar was buried on Friday, December 13, 2013.

Following below are extracts from select tributes to the “Great Emancipator.”

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A tribute to Isa Edime, an iconic broadcaster

The late Chief Isah EdimeThe death of Chief Isah Edime, which occured May 27, 2014, still elicits shock across the country.  It also has continued to elicit an outpouring of grief at the passing of a man who has come to personify all the virtues that have made journalism practice an enduring legacy in Nigeria. Indeed never in the history of radio journalism practice has anyone impacted positively on Nigerians the way Isah Edime did during his long career at the Federal Radio of Nigeria, Kaduna.

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Mandela: His lessons on leadership

Nelson Mandela has always felt most at ease around children, and in some ways  his greatest deprivation was that he spent 27 years without hearing a baby cry or holding a child’s hand. Last month, when I visited Mandela in Johannesburg — a frailer, foggier Mandela than the one I used to know — his first instinct was to spread his arms to my two boys.

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