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FOMWAN pays tributes to former Vice Chairman Amuwo-Odofin, late Qudrat Dada

By Shakirah Adunola
01 April 2022   |   3:55 am
The Federation of Muslim Women’s Association of Nigeria (FOMWAN) has paid tribute to one of its astute members, Alhaja Qudrat Omolara Dada, who died on March 16, 2022 at the age of 64 years.

Late Qudrat

The Federation of Muslim Women’s Association of Nigeria (FOMWAN) has paid tribute to one of its astute members, Alhaja Qudrat Omolara Dada, who died on March 16, 2022 at the age of 64 years.

The late Dada was former Vice Chairman Amuwo-Odofin Local Government Area, Lagos, Former Naibatul Amirah (Vice President) FOMWAN Lagos State and Former leader, Amuwo-Odofin Muslim Community.

At a special prayer organised for the deceased, the association described her as a pillar of support, a charismatic leader, an astute administrator, a noble personality and a visionary leader.

The Ameerah, FOMWAN Lagos Chapter, Dr. Alimah Shadia Egberongbe, said the deceased contributed significantly to the development of the association and her death has left a vacuum in the association, particularly, the present tenure.

“ She was very dutiful, who worked assiduously for the development of the association. She had always been an advocate of moving the organisation to the next level.”

She urged Muslim women to emulate the good quality and leadership role of Qudrat who was always working towards success of any project.

“She tried her best in this world and I pray to Allah (Swt) to overlook her short comings and grant her success in the hereafter.”

The General Secretary FOMWAN, Lagos Chapter, Hajia Sherifah Ajagbe, described late Qudrat, as a highly resourceful, hardworking, committed and kind hearted person. “She was a very firm person. Before her demise, she headed two key committees in the association and those committees really helped to shape the association. We are really going to miss her, we appreciate her effort. May Almighty reward her with Al Jannah Firdaus.”

The Publicity Secretary, Alhaja Amudalat Olaonipekun, described her as a goal oriented person.

“She was a trustworthy person and very determined. She never believe a job is difficult. Very passionate when discharging her duty. She was rugged, vibrant, dynamic, and pragmatic. I pray Allah grants her Al Jannat-ul- firdause.”

Member of the community and Intimate Friend of the deceased, Alhaja Ramotallahi Olaniyan, said Qudrat was dedicated and went extra miles to achieve her goals.

“She was a goal getter, if she believes in something, she made sure that the thing was done. She did not care what would cost her. If you got closer to her, you would love her but from afar you may have the impression that she was arrogant. Moving closer to her, your perception about her would change. She was very active not only in politics but in religious activities.”

Alhaja Qudrat Omolara Ajoke Dada was born into the Durojaiye family on April 20,1958 in Lagos Island.

She started her primary school education at Union Baptist School, Reclamation Road in Lagos where she completed her standard six from infant one after eight years in 1970. Sequel to the installation of her father as Imam, her family moved to Ikorodu where she attended Oriwu College. She completed her form five in 1975 and sat for WASC in the same year. With the assistance of her uncle the then Squadron Leader Gbolahan Mudashiru, she was engaged as a civilian staff in the Nigeria Air Force from 1975-1979 after which she went into wholesale business. The late Qudrat got married to Alhaji Tijani Fesojaiye Olatunji Dada on September 5, 1978; the union was blessed with children, males and females.

She later trained as a comptometer operator and worked with the Nigeria Ports Authority in the accounts department from 1981to 1991 before she went into politics during the United Nigeria Congress Party (UNCP) in 1995 and became the secretary of the Funsho Williams Organisation in Amuwo Odofin from 1995-1998.

She participated in the split of Amuwo-odofin and Oriade in 2002 with the likes of Oba Lateef Olayinka, the Alado of Ado, Dr. Niran Adeniji, Alhaji Smith, former clerk of LAHA, financially and otherwise, with others.

Qudrat became the vice Chairman of Amuwo Odofin Local Government in 2008, Supervisor for Agric and Chairman, Boundary Sub-Committee. Shewas returned for the second term as Vice Chairman.

She was the Secretary of FOMWAN Amuwo-Odofin later the president/Amirah the Assistant Publicity Secretary Lagos State FOMWAN until death. She was the Vice President Amuwo-Odofin Muslim Community before her demise.