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Excerpts from: Bitter-Sweet: My Life with Obasanjo (Diamond Publications Ltd., 2008)

Oluremi Obasanjo, Tunde Akingbade


Yesterday . . .
He told me to wait for him. When he emerged, he was in shorts and a short sleeve shirt. He slapped me twice and ran after me as I fled down the stairs. As we were preparing for bed, I heard a knock on the door. I queried to know who was knocking. A female voice replied that she was from the National Security Organisation. I told her I had no business with that organisation and she should leave me alone to sleep. Playing the gender card, she pleaded that I should give her a hearing as she knew how I felt. I opened the door and she spoke politely to me that she had come to arrange a more commodious accommodation for us. We returned to Lagos next day. The NSO lady, Mrs. Eso, became a good friend. From that night, Obasanjo reached an agreement with me, which allowed me to have better access to the children. He allowed all of us to take annual vacations, albeit, to African countries with Mr. Agwam accompanying us.


Obasanjo, Nigeria, first lady,

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JENdA: A Journal of Culture and African Women Studies. ISSN: 1530-5686 (online).
Editors: Nkiru Nzegwu; Book Editor: Mary Dillard.

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