Journalists do not engage in the celebration or idolization of people, though there may be nothing wrong with convivial self celebration once in a while. But really, journalists do not have the time for that. Perhaps they are too engrossed with making sense out of the seeming charade called governance, to take time off.
Yet in every rule, there must be an exception and today, I am celebrating a virtuous, indefatigable personality.
Mrs. Kehinde Adekemi Awosika, current principal, St James Secondary School in Ondo Kingdom. Her simplicity and good nature, have endeared her to me.
Mrs. Kehinde Adekemi Oriade Awosika , who has served as Principal of many schools in Ondo town and environs, is many things to many people but to me, as she prepares for retirement next year from the public service, she is ever duty conscious, God fearing, self effacing and loyal to her employees while relating well with her peers and subordinates.
Born on 3rd April, 1955, this Ife Princess, daughter of Prince Adesoji Oriade, from the Ogboru Ruling House, attended Ife Girls High School, Ile – Ife between 1967 – 1971, attended University Du Benin, Lome, Togo, where she obtained her B.A (Hons) in French Language in 1976, a course in French Teaching Methods from same institution in 1978 and later University of Ife, where she bagged a Post Graduate Diploma (PGDE), Education, in 1996.
For her mandatory National Service, she was at Akure Secondary Commercial School, Akure (Feb 1977 – Sept 1977 and St Monicas Girl’s Grammar School, Ondo, Sept 1977- Feb 1978. She later secured employment at St Monicas Girls Grammar School, 1978- 1981. While there, her French students won laurels at french competitions, with two (2) students winning scholarships for summer courses in Lome, Togo.
Our highly respected Educationist, joined the All Nigeria Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCOPSS), Ondo West in 1991, when she became a Principal. Since becoming one of them, she has distinguished herself by being entrusted with numerous positions. Assistant Secretary, 1991 – 1994, Treasurer, 1994 – 1998, Vice Chairman, 2005 – 2009, and Chairman, 2009 – April 2012 .
Mrs Awosika has authored many publications including, two French books, “Essential of French Language” and “Aduke Fait Son Choix”, which are in use by students across the country.
Our distinguished lady has numerous laurels to show for her outstanding personality. The Nigerian Association of French Teachers, Ondo State Branch in 1994 presented her with an award for her steadfastness in teaching the French subject, Nigerian Association of Science Students, Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo, also gave her an Excellence Award in 2008, Award of Honour by Saints Impact Development Club, Ondo, 2010, Award of Excellence Transmitter of Knowledge, 2005, Award of Excellence by the Institute of Management, Abuja, 2008 among others.
An appreciative and devoted Christian who worships at The Redeemed Christian Church of God, Power Sanctuary, Ondo, she is full of praise to Almighty God for being faithful to her and members of her family.
As the Ife Princess retires gloriously from the State Public Service when she would have served the mandatory 35 years early next year, she will certainly not be leaving the teaching profession. She is retiring to take charge of her institution, Golden Steps Nursery / Primary School, situated at 35 Araromi Street, Ondo.
Mrs Kehinde Awosika who was married to late Associate Professor Olawale Awosika of the Department of English, Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, is blessed with children.