I was a subject of mockery because my mother sold cigarette - Adebanjo

I was a subject of mockery because my mother sold cigarette - Adebanjo

- Chief Ayo Adebanjo, a chieftain of the pan-Yoruba socio-cultural organisation, Afenifere, has narrated his childhood experience

- He recounted how his classmates mocked him for being the son of a cigarette seller

- The renowned lawyer and politician said while in school, he and his colleagues were called demon chasers for going after girls

One of Nigeria's greatest nationalists and a chieftain of Afenifere, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, has narrated his inspiring childhood experience.

Adebanjo, who went down memory lane in an interview with Tribune, said that his classmates mocked him for being the son of a cigarette seller. He said his mother was responsible for his school fees.

Legit.ng notes that the nationalist said: "I hail from a polygamous family. My parents weren’t poor; they belonged to the middle class. My mother, in particular, could be described as a prosperous trader by that standard; so, I would not say our being from a polygamous family was a barrier. My mother was responsible for the payment of my school fees.

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"She did that gladly until I got to Standard Six in Cathedral School. When I was to seek admission to a grammar school, I had to use my pocket money to buy the admission form for entrance examination to grammar school because I could not tell my mother that I wanted to go to such school. But, when I passed the examination, I had to convince her that that school was very good.

"My mother often embarked on Esusu at three pence, which cumulative was seven pounds and six pence a month. It was the money from the contribution that I took to school to pay for my school fees. So, my classmates often mocked me, saying ‘that the son of cigarette seller, you have come with this little, little money from your mother’s contribution.’

"At class three, I felt I was already a grownup and I would demand that my mother changed the money to currency before I took it to school and she did."

When asked whether he was popular among ladies while growing up, he responded in the affirmative, adding that he and his colleagues were called demon chasers for going after girls in school.

He said: "Because of the type of familiarity I had with ladies, my colleagues would come for counselling before making the move. It was after I would have performed the necessary assessment that such colleague would go after the girl. What I found out later with some of us who were friendly with ladies at that time and called demon chasers was that we were the only ones who kept one wife each."

The renowned lawyer and politician stated that he didn't contest for any elective position because he was only particular on working with the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo.

Adebanjo added: "Many wonder till today that with my closeness to Chief Awolowo, I have never aspired for any elective position. My association with him influenced me a lot. On my return from London as a lawyer that could contest for election, I was only particular on working with Chief Awolowo as president of Nigeria."

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Ayo Adebanjo, a chieftain of the pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, accused President Muhammadu Buhari of pretending to fight corruption.

Adebanjo said that President Buhari was a dictator who flouts the rule of law under the guise of fighting corruption.

Adebanjo faulted Buhari for refusing to obey court order and release former National Security Adviser (NSA) Colonel Sambo Dasuki (rtd).

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Source: Legit Nigeria

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