Prof. Felicia Adebola Adedoyin who authored Nigeria’s national pledge in 1976 has been announced dead at 83.
Her death occured on Saturday, May 1, after a brief illness. Prof. Adedoyin, lectured at the University of Lagos and was a consultant with the United Nations.
She wrote the national pledge in 1976. The pledge was initially written in the Daily Times on July 15, in an article titled ‘Loyalty to the Nation, Pledge’. This was subsequently shown to the then Head of State, Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo, who modified it and introduced it to the country during the formal launch of the Universal Free Primary Education (UPE) and decreed that all school children recite the national pledge in assembly.
In 2005, Prof Adedoyin was given a national award, the Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON). She was in the care of her children when she passed away, and surrounded by loved ones.
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