Chief Mrs Onwudiwe first non Yoruba Iyaloja of Oluwole,Lagos Island
Chief (Mrs) Josephine Okeke Onwundiwe is the Iya Oloja of Oluwole Market, Lagos Island. Mrs Onwundiwe,from Anambra State was conferred with the Iyaloja title two years ago and was given a Yoruba name Abeni, on her conferment day. Onwundiwe, born and bred in Lagos State and married to an Easterner of Igbo extraction, led a delegation of market women when she came to represent Chief Folasade Tinubu-Ojo, the Iyaloja General at the Glo Overload N120 million promo event.
How do you feel as an Iyaloja in a Yorubaland being an Igbo woman?
Oh! I feel great. Being an Iyaloja of Oluwole Market here in Lagos Island is one of the best things that has happened to me. I’m from Anambra State, Udemili Local Government in Ogidi, to be precise. So being an Iyaloja in a Yorubaland is like getting deep into their culture and heritage and a deeper one at that. I’m born and bred in Yorubaland. So, I so much appreciate it, particularly the person I’m working with, the Iya Oloja General, Chief (Mrs) Folasade Tinubu-Ojo. She is a nice woman and doesn’t discriminate about where you come from. She gives work to whoever she deems fit and doesn’t care whether you are Yoruba or Igbo. There is nothing like tribalism or discrimination in our midst. I really appreciate and admire her a lot.
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