A Tribute To Baba Omojola By Baba Aye


I can hardly describe the shock when I learnt of Baba Oluwide’s death, a few hours back. He was undoubtedly one of the most passionate and committed revolutionary that I ever met. Better known as Baba Omojola, he was one for who struggle for and with the working people was indeed life as a whole itself. Barely two months ago his 75th birthday (and 60th year as a revolutionary) was celebrated by comrades at The Yard in Ikeja. I delayed my journey to Benin Republic that day, as I could not imagine missing the programme, to arrive at Cotonu very late in the night, to Baba’s delight.
It was my intention to write a tribute which would also engage with the paper presented by Dr Onyekpere at the programme that espoused a developmentalist state pathway to socialist transformation. But alas, with so many items to engage with and the practical work of organising, I had to put this aside. I would not have imagined that less than two months later Jagunmolu would be gone, and the tribute I would write, would be in memory of a great, albeit eclectic fighter with the heart of ten men. His father …

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