Professor Felicia Adebola Adedoyin Author of the Nigerian Pledge is dead
After a brief illness, Professor Felicia Adebola Adedoyin, the author of Nigeria’s National Pledge, gave up the ghost.
According to inside Oyo, she died on Saturday, May 1, 2021.
The National Pledge was written in 1976 by Prof. Adedoyin, a lecturer at the University of Lagos and a UN consultant.
Her children, who had been taught to recite the Oath of Allegiance in school in New York and the State Pledge at Achimota School in Ghana, prompted her to write the pledge.
Prof. Adedoyin published the Pledge in the Daily Times on July 15, 1976, in an article titled “Loyalty to the Nation, Pledge.” It was demonstrated to then-President Olusegun Obasanjo, who changed it and brought it to the country during the formal introduction of Universal Free Primary Education (UPE), which mandated that all schoolchildren recite the National Pledge during assembly.
Prof Adedoyin received the Officer of the Order of the Niger award in 2005. (OON).
When she died, she was surrounded by loved ones and in the custody of her children.