A Silenced Voice In Florence’s Shadow | Fatima Hassan


The reign of Florence Ajimobi in Oyo state is like no other. Her Excellency is the most innovative wife of Governor the State has ever had. It can be boldly stated that she brought a very different mindset into running the first lady’ s office, an unprecedented kind. She is the only former first lady with living legacies. We have achieved a modern Oyo state, and just when we are hoping for the better, we are back at antiquity.

When Dr Florence Ajimobi was the wife of the Governor, there were impactful projects like; Ajumose food bank, Access to basic medical care, Educate a rural child, Oyo State Officials Wife’s Association ( OYSOWA ), amongst several others.

With her, we had an admiring figure for women in Oyo State. A leader who fights the course of women genuinely. Oh! We miss days of women meetings, women intercessory prayers, women conferences where we get to discuss gender balancing, women political participation, voice against child abuse, childbearing/raising, marital problems with other women relating issues. We also had free cancer screening and cancer awareness rallies. All these programs that made women better people intellectually. These were days women had a voice, days when we were a force to reckon with in Oyo State.

The reign of a woman with a heart full of gold saw the birth of ABC children’s home. A home that gives ‘Taju’ amongst other children not just hope but a good life with future assured.

These were days the widows had someone to alleviate their pains. Mummy always available to put smiles on the faces of Widows, Orphans and the Needy through educational, emotional and financial support, gone are the days when her Excellency, our virtue woman always available to familiarise with the poorest of the poor women, Chief Mrs will never say no or impossible, she is a problem solver for all party women leaders.

Brain and beauty, Dr Florence Ajimobi is Charming, Elegant, Iconic Confident and Eloquent. She is a woman that can address the press, make briefings, deliver speeches, address a crowd, make intelligent observations, and has a great fashion sense.

Just as expected of an ideal 21st-century woman, she was not a first lady hiding in her shells.
We are totally back to the dark past days when women are quiet.

Fatima Hassan,
Coordinator; Young Women In Politics Forum,
Oyo State.

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