Nigeria: Moshood Kashimawo Abiola – a Life Fulfilled
Say what you will, Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola has finally achieved
apotheosis. Not many humans are so lucky, or that endowed in life or in death. It is common to hear ordinary mortals say, in moments of deep frustration, Abiola should not have joined politics. In theory, such proponents believe he would be alive today.
That is normal, because no one likes to lose a loved one, no matter how old. But there is never a cast-iron guarantee about life and death. No one ever chose when to be born and when to die.
Abiola’s life was a stuff of fairy-tale, and eerily mythical. He was the 23rd child
of his dad when he was born on August 24, 1937, to the family of Salaudeen
Abiola, in the Gbagura compound of Abeokuta, Ogun State.
All 22 children born before him had died in infancy under varying and mysterious circumstances. His parents doubted if Moshood would stay or go the way of the other 22 children, the reason he was promptly and grudgingly named Kashimawo.
But as fate would have it, Moshood not only stayed, other children born after him also enjoyed the same grace, making him a harbinger of good tidings. As was the norm in those days, his parents were not economically buoyant, but they
nevertheless struggled to send him to school.