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Hannah Idowu Dideolu Awolowo (née Adelana)

(1918-2015), Public servant; wife of Obafemi Awolowo

Sitter in 11 portraits
Born in Nigeria, Hannah's family were part of the small Ikenne community. As a girl she attended the Methodist Girls High School in Lagos. Aged 22, she married Obafemi Awolowo an aspiring politician. He affectionately and famously referred to his wife as his “jewel of inestimable value”. She campaigned with her husband, touring the country, and continued to represent her husband when he was in jail by standing up for elections. As a businesswoman she dealt in textiles and also became the first distributor for the Nigerian Tobacco Company in 1957.

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