Sheila Solarin, Tai Solarin’s widow, dies at 88

The wife of the late activist and founder of Mayflower School, Ikenne, died at 88

Sheila Solarin, widow of the late social critic and educationist, Tai Solarin, died on Sunday at the age of 88.

Premium Times gathered that she died at Babcock University Teaching Hospital, Ilishan Remo, Ogun State.

The woman, who has been in charge of the famous Mayflower School established by her late husband, was rushed to the hospital few days ago after reportedly having a domestic accident.

She was said to have had a broken hip and underwent surgery at the hospital. Mrs. Solarin reportedly died while her two children were beside her in the hospital.

As at the time of this report, her remains had been taken to Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, LASUTH, morgue

Reacting to the death, former Ogun State Governor, Gbenga Daniel, described it as huge loss.

“She was an epitome of the best of womanhood. Her contributions to the development of education in Nigeria would never be forgoten” Mr. Daniel said in a statement.

“Even after the demise of her husband, she kept the flag of Tai Solarin flying loftily in the education sector.

“Nigeria through her death has lost a humanist, educationist, bridge builder and peacemaker. We will miss her but take solace in the fact that she left behind a working legacy,” he added.

The Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, also paid a condolence visit to the Ikenne home of the Solarin.


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  • Ex-may

    RIP Madam. We Ex-mays would always remember you

  • Adieu madam. You were a mother to me and to all that went through Olga and yourself.
    — Dr. Abiose Adedoyin 1424.

  • Philip Ogbaola

    Adieu Madam.

    You gave me scholarship to go to the university when the Federal Government of Nigeria and Ogun State, that I represented at the Junior Engineers Technicians & Scientists (JETS) competition in 1990 abandoned me after coming second at the National Level.

    I’ll forever be grateful to God for your assistance all through my studies & for the opportunity to teach Mayflower students chemistry for sometime. May your soul rest in peace and may God help me to help humanity more than you did. Amen

    Pastor Philip Ogbaola

  • Babatunde Ogunyemi

    Sheila obinrin Ogun! Sheila obinrin rere!!!