CELEBRITY Tokunbo Awolowo-Dosunmu On How Her Father Came Up With The Name ‘Naira’ For The Nigerian Currency And How She Feels When She Sees N100 Note

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Every time Nigeria celebrates the Independence Day, the late Premier of the Western Region, Chief Obafemi Awolowo’s role in the fight for independence will always be remembered.

An elderly statesman whose contribution to national development in Nigeria will remain a legacy, late Chief Awolowo carried out numerous developmental projects that benefitted a lot of people irrespective of their regions.

Notable amongst them are, free health care for children and free primary education for all.

He died on May 9, 1987; however, the independence he championed with other leaders is being commemorated as Nigeria marks its 56th birthday as an independent nation today.

One of Chief Awolowo’s children, Dr. Tokunbo Awolowo-Dosunmu speaks with TUNDE AJAJA of Punch about her late father’s beliefs, his experience in prison, and the troubles he faced and why he never gave up on Nigeria

Read excerpts below:

How he coined the name ‘Naira’ for the Nigerian currency

He just took the name of Nigeria and collapsed it to Naira. That’s what he told us and that was how he arrived at the name ‘naira’ and that was when he was the Federal Commissioner for Finance.

How she feels when she sees the N100 note that has his image

I feel very proud because it’s a very high honour indeed that his image adorns one of Nigeria’s currency notes

Punch has the full interview




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