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Reminiscence as 2022 Winds Down

Everything that has a beginning has an end, goes a maxim.

A few hours from now, the world is set to witness the eclipse of 2022.

Like every other year before it, 2022 was ushered in with euphoria and reverberating echoes of  ‘Happy New Year’ laden with great expectations across the globe.

Hmm, for Nigerians, 2023 is a significant year, being a critical decision-making year for national life, and the General Elections.

More hopes and aspirations are welling up in Nigerians home and in the diaspora on who and who will be in the saddle as Nigeria Decides.

So who are those the year 2023 would birth as leaders to pilot the affairs of the nation? Until then

No doubt, the outgoing year is remarkably eventful and one cannot hurriedly forget events that characterised the year as we go down memory lane of 2022.

                                                  JANUARY 

January 1 -A state funeral was held in honour of Archbishop of Cape Town Desmond Tutu.

January 2 – The Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Saliu Adetunji joined his ancestors at the University College Hospital, Ibadan during a brief illness at the age of 93.

January 3 – Former Presidential Candidate of the National Republican Convention, NRC, Bashir Today died at the age of 94.

January 4 – Former Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ishaya Iko Ibrahim passed on during a brief illness.

January 5 – Daughter of the late Soun of Ogbomoso, Taibat Danmole breathe her last at the age of 71.

January 10 -Former Nigerian interim leader, Chief Ernest Shonekan bade the world bye at 85 years of age.

January 12 – Former governor of Oyo State, Otunba Adebayo Alao Akala bowed out at the age of 71.

Also, Former Minister of Finance, Chu Okongwu died at 87.

January 16 -Former Malian President, Ibrahim Keita exited the world at 76 years.

Similarly, Maria, wife of late environmental activist and poet, Ken Saro Wiwa, died at 72.

January 20 – General Manager, Shooting Stars football club, 3SC, Rasheed Balogun died during a brief illness at  the age of 62.

January 23 – Nigeria Crashed out of the African Cup of Nations in Cameroon after losing to Tunisia by a lone goal in the round of sixteen.

January 25 – Former Secretary to Lagos State government, Mrs Adenrele Adeniran Ogunsanyo died.

January 26 -Oyo state judicial panel of inquiry into police brutality and other related matters, led by Justice Badejoko Adeniji,  submitted its report and recommendation to governor Seyi Makinde. It would be recalled that the judicial panel of inquiry was set up following a nationwide protest against police brutality tagged END SARS in October 2020.

January 27 – Deposed  Deji of Akure, Oba Oluwadare Adepoju joined his ancestors.

January 27 – Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde inaugurated the dualised 9.7 kilometres Oke-Ogun Poly-Saki Township/Ilesha Ibaruba Road. History has it that the first road for motorised vehicles in Nigeria was built here in Oyo State in 1906, and the road links Ibadan to Oyo town.”

January 28 -Angela, wife of APC governorship Candidate in Oyo State, Teslim Folarin took her last breath.

January 30 – Oloko of Oko Ile, Oba Gabriel Adepoju joined his ancestors at the age of 85.

                 FEBRUARY 

February 1- An Octogenarian who became a Senior Advocate of Nigeria in 2021, Ayagbe Toriola died at 91.

The same day, Margaret Bruce, mother of former Senator, Ben Murray 

Bruce died.

Also on that day, Nollywood actor, John Adewumi also known as Tafa Oloyede, kicked the bucket.

February 9 – Veteran Nollywood wood actor, Romanus Amuta who featured in the new masquerade, died.

February 13, (1976)- Former Military President, Muritala Ramat Mohammed was assassinated in Lagos.

February 14 -ASUU embarked on a strike that lasted 8, months.

February 20- A co-author of Nigeria’s National Anthem, Professor Babatunde Ogunnaike died at the age of 65.

February 25- Kidnap Kingpin, Evans Bagged Life Imprisonment.

February 25 – President Muhammadu Buhari finally signed into law, the Electoral Act Amendment Bill.

February 26- 22-year-old lady, Miss Oluwabamise Ayanwole, was reported missing after boarding a Lagos Bus Rapid Transit vehicle. She was later found dead.

February 27- Veteran Nollywood actor, Chief Lari Williams died at 81.

                                            MARCH

March 3- The Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, approved a new dress code for women in the force. The new code permits them to put on studs, earrings and headscarves under their berets or peek caps as the case may be.

March 4- The first batch of Ukraine-based Nigerians stranded in the country following Russia’s invasion arrived in Abuja.

March 11- Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Moshood Olalekan Isola Balogun, Aliiwo Ali Okunmade 11, ascended the throne of his forefather as the 42nd Olubadan of Ibadan. 

March 9 -Former Super Eagles midfielder, Justice Christopher, who represented Nigeria at the 2002 Japan Korea world cup under coach Adegboye Onigbinde bade the world buy at the age of 40 years.

March 8 -Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of the Force Criminal Investigation Department and Aba Kyari’s case, Joseph Egbunike died.

March 9 -The daughter of late Iyalode of Ibadan land, Fatimah, was murdered by unknown persons. She was the daughter of Alhaja Amina Abiodun.

 March 10- Chairman Lagos State Chapter of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW, Musiliu A kinsanya also known as MC Oluomo was suspended over alleged misconduct, insubordination and inciting members of the state against the apex body.

March 10 – Also, Federal High Court seating in Abuja sacked 16 Ebonyi lawmakers.

March 17 – The Origin of ancient Glass Technology in Nigeria has been discovered in Igbo-Olokun forest in Ile-Ife in Osun State.

March 26 -The first Nigerian female Vice-Chancellor at the University of Benin, Edo State and the first Nigerian woman to receive a Doctorate, Alele-Williams, died. Ms Alele-Williams, a professor of mathematics gained prominence after she was appointed the vice-chancellor of the prestigious University of Benin in 1985.

A Nigerian biker, Kunle Adeyanju commenced an ambitious 25 days journey, from London to Lagos on his bike. It is a journey of 12,000km.

                                              APRIL

April -23 Having ruled for 52 years, the  Alaafin of Oyo, Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi the third from the Alowodu Ruling House, joined his ancestors at the age of 83.

                                                         MAY

May 6 – The composer of the National Youth Service Corps anthem, Wole Adetiran at 74.

May 8 – Second Republic politician, Senator Francis Arthur Nzeribe, Died at 83.

May 8- Foremost Historian, Broadcaster and University Lecturer, Professor Timothy Adedeji Awoniyi died at 82.He was the first professor of Early Childhood/Mother Tongue Education at the University of Ibadan.

                                                          JUNE

 June -7 Twenty –two  worshippers were confirmed dead in the terrorist attack on St. Francis Catholic Church in Owo, Ondo state.

June  8- Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) inaugurated Professor A debayo Bamire as 12th Substantive Vice-Chancellor of the institution.

June 17 -Funeral mass for  victims of St Francis Catholic Church attack in Owo.

June 24 – Former deputy president of the Nigerian Senate and his wife have been charged with conspiring to transport a boy to the UK in order to harvest organs.

June – 23-One of the most prestigious honours in the world, the Cambridge varsity honorary degree was conferred on Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka alongside Nine others.

June 24 – The US Senate passed a gun control bill, the most significant firearms legislation in nearly 30 years

June  25- Popular Gospel music minister, Osinachi Nwachukwu was buried in Abia

June 27- President Muhammadu Buhari Swears in Justice Olukayode Ariwoola as Acting Chief Judge of Nigeria.

                                                    JULY

July 11- Nollywood veteran actor,  Olu Jacobs, on his 80th birthday, July 11, 2022.                                                   

July 17- Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of the Ikeja Domestic Violence and Sexual Offences Court sentenced a Nollywood actor, Olanrewaju Omiyinka, aka Baba Ijesha, to 16 years imprisonment. Baba Ijesha is faced with six counts of child defilement that include indecent treatment of a child, sexual assault, attempted sexual assault by penetration and sexual assault by penetration.

July  24 – Aseyin of Iseyin, Oba AbdulGaniy Salaudeen, joined his ancestors.

 July 25- Nigeria’s Tobi Amusan won gold in the women’s 100m hurdles at the World Athletics Championships in the United States.

July 28- Mozambique’s former Labour Minister Maria Helena Taipo was sentenced to 16 years in prison for corruption charges.

                                                                 AUGUST

August 2 – United States killed drone strike and mastermind of the September 11 attack on the World Trade Centre, US, Al Qaeda chief, Ayman al-Zawahiri at a hideout in the Afghan capital.

August 4 – Professor of Geography, Akinlawon Ladipo Mabogunje bade the world bye.

August 4 -A former Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Tafa Balogun, also died at age 75. He was the 21st Inspector-General of Police on March 6, 2002.

On April 4, 2005, Balogun was arraigned at the Federal High Court, Abuja for stealing and laundering over $ 100 million in his three years as Inspector General of Police from the Police treasury. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) brought 70 charges against him. But he made a plea bargain with the court in exchange for returning much of the property and money. He was sentenced to six months in jail.

August 6- Emeritus Professor Timothy Adediji Awoniyi laid to rest

August 9 – The West African Examinations Council, WAEC, has released the 2022 West African Senior School Certificate Examination results for the school and withheld the results of 365,564 candidates in connection with various reported cases of examination malpractice.

August 31- Mikhail Gorbachev, the former Soviet leader who brought the Cold War to a peaceful end died at the age of 91. Mr Gorbachev took power in 1985 and introduced reforms, as well as opening up the Soviet Union to the world.

                                                          SEPTEMBER

September 3 – Popular Gospel music minister, Dunsin Oyekan, expressed survived a ghastly road accident on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.

September 8 – Queen Elizabeth II, the UK’s longest-serving monarch, died at Balmoral aged 96, after reigning for 70 years.

September 29 – The National Examinations Council (NECO) has released the results of the 2022 Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (SSCE). It blacklisted 29 supervisors for alleged involvement in various malpractices during the examination.

September 30- Ibrahim Gusau, elected  the new president of the Nigeria Football Federation,

NFF. Gusau emerged as president at the 78th Annual General Assembly that took place in Benin.

September 30 – New coins with King Charles’s image unveiled in Britain. The coins followed centuries of tradition with the monarch now facing left – the opposite way to his predecessor.

                                                      OCTOBER

October 1 – Nigeria attained 62 years of independence.

 October 5 – Nigerian athlete and global Champion in 100-metre hurdles, Oluwatobi Amusan appointed Ogun State Sports Ambassador.

October 11 – Mr Dominic Mokikan assumed office as Zonal Director of Radio Nigeria Ibadan following the retirement of former Zonal Director, Mrs Bolatito Janet Joseph on October 7, 2022.

October 11 – Former Big Brother Naija housemate, Rico Swavey, is died.

October  14 – Former Speaker, of Ekiti State House of Assembly, Funminiyi Afuye  died at 66

October 20 – Liz Truss stepped down as Uk’s Prime Minister. She was in office for just 45 days the shortest tenure of any UK prime minister. The second shortest-serving PM was George Canning, who served for 119 days before dying in 1827.

October 23 – Xi Jinping secured a historic third term as China’s leader.

                                                NOVEMBER

November 16 – World’s oldest primary school student, Priscilla Sitieni, whose resolve to acquire an education in her 90s inspired a French film and won praise from UNESCO, died in Kenya At the age of  99.

November 23 – President Muhammadu Buhari launched the new Naira notes redesigned by the Central Bank of Nigeria and printed locally by the Nigeria Security Printing and Minting Company. The newly-designed currencies are in the denominations of ₦1000, ₦500 and ₦200 notes.

November 25 – Federal Government approved the commencement of 14-working-day paternity leave for federal civil servants.

November 25 – Gospel singer and Welu Welu crooner, Sammie Okposo died

November 27 –  Senator Ademola Adeleke of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP was sworn in as the sixth democratically elected Governor of Osun State since its creation in 1991.

.                       DECEMBER

December 3 – Vice-President, Yemi Osinbajo inaugurated Omeife, Africa’s first humanoid Robot.

December 15 – Official circulation of newly designed naira notes.

December 12 – INEC commenced the distribution of voter cards.

December 18 – Argentina won the  World Cup for the first time since a Diego Maradona-inspired victory at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico.

December 20 -World Athletics ranked World 100m hurdles champion and record holder, Tobi Amusan as the fifth-best female athlete in 2022.

December 21 – Ibadan-based comedian, Oluwatobi Owomoyela popularly known as Peteru, died.

December 27 – Popular Yoruba actor and comedian Isbae U’s father Kamal Adebayo aka Sir Kay Kamoru passed away.

December 28 – The Senate on Wednesday passed the 2022 Supplementary Budget of N819.5 billion.

December 31 – Former Pope Benedict XVI died at his Vatican residence, aged 95, almost a decade after he stood down because of ailing health. He led the Catholic Church for less than eight years until, in 2013, he became the first Pope to resign since Gregory XII in 1415.

 Compiled by Olaitan Oye- Adeitan

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