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25 years after, Kola Abiola remembers late mum, Simbiat


Kola Abiola

All my possessions are for a moment of time.’ These words of Queen Elizabeth 1 of England say it all.

There was a time in Nigeria that Yoruba businessman, publisher, politician and aristocrat of the Egba clan the late Chief Moshood Kashimawo Olawale (MKO) Abiola was easily the richest and most influential personality.

Above all, he was a great philanthropist who believed his wealth should be used to uplift society.

It was 25 years recently since the death of Alhaja Simbiat Atinuke Abiola, his beloved first wife, on November 10, 1992 at age 54, from cancer.


Her children- Kola, Deji, Agbo, Bolaji and Wuraola- placed a remembrance advertorial in some national dailies, bringing back nostalgia of how Nigeria’s high society mourned the passage of the famous Otun Iyalode Egba.

It was after her demise that her husband contested the 1992 presidential election, which he presumably won, and adjudged Nigeria’s freest and fairest presidential election by local and international observers, but was annulled by then military ruler, Gen. Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (IBB).

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