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Nigerians, Buhari mourn Phebean Ogundipe, author of Brighter Grammar - ITREALMS

The President, General Muhammadu Buhari has joined Nigerians and the family of Ogundipe to mourn Phebean Ogundipe, the author of legendary English textbook, Brighter Grammar and co-author of Practical English, who died at the age of 92, reports ITREALMS.

President Buhari extends heartfelt commiserations to Ogundipe’s family, friends, the academia, former students of the educationist and indeed all Nigerians, who drank from the fountain of knowledge of the endowed English teacher.

The President believes that Ogundipe’s life was defined by her passion for education and uncommon dedication to serve others; stressing that her legacy will live on.

He affirms that as a gifted child who meritoriously earned a full scholarship for her secondary education, Ogundipe’s exceptional career as a civil servant in the Federal Ministry of Education, an English teacher in different schools, Deputy Chief Federal Adviser on Education, and acting director in the Federal Ministry, among others, left an indelible mark in the nation’s education sector, particularly the teaching and learning of English language.

As a recipient of the National Honour of Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON) and other numerous awards for her works on education, the President avers that the Ogundipe will be fondly remembered and honoured for the various roles and responsibilities in facilitating teaching, learning, assessment, research, curriculum development, and policy in the nation’s educational system.

A press statement endorsed by Senior Special Assistant to the President, (Media & Publicity), Malam Garba Shehu, quoted President Buhari as praying God Almighty to grant the soul of the departed eternal rest and comfort all who mourn.

ITREALMS recalls that the famous author of English Language books and an educationist, Mrs Phebean Ajibola Ogundipe, had dead. She was to clock 93 in May 2020.

Mrs Ogundipe, popularly known as PA Ogundipe, was famous for English Language books such as Brighter Grammar series which she co-authored with M. Macaulay and C.E. Eckersley; New Practical English for Senior Secondary series which she co-authored with P.S. Tregidgo; a novel, Up-country Girl: A personal journey and truthful portrayal of African culture, among others.

Mrs Ogundipe, who was born on May 16, 1927, died early on Friday, March 27, in Charlotte, North Carolina, United States of America, and was buried in the same Friday.

Uj. N. Dominic/Editor

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