Tai Solarin’s Widow, Sheila, Dies at 88

Sheila Solarin

Sheila Solarin

Sheila Mary Tuer (nee Shiela Solarin), widow of the late renowned social critic, Dr. Tai Solarin, is dead.

She died at about 4.30pm Sunday afternoon at the age of 88.

Report says Sheila died at the Babcock University Teaching Hospital, Ilishan Remo, Ogun State.

She had reportedly slipped while going to bed some months back and was rushed to the hospital where she was operated upon.

Sheila was reported to have sustained a broken hip as a result of the domestic accident.

She is survived by two children.

Sheila was a British woman married to the late Tai Solarin. She was recently an MBE by Queen Elizabeth II on 17 October 2007 for services to education in Nigeria.

Before her death, She was running Mayflower School on behalf of her late husband Tai Solarin.

Sheila met her husband while both were in the forces following the World War II. Her husband died in 1994 at the age of 71.

Statement by Ogun State government:

Amosun Mourns Sheila Tai – Solarin

Ogun State governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has mourned the death of Mrs Sheila Mary Solarin, the widow of the late founder of Mayflower School, Ikenne and social critic, Dr Tai Solarin. She passed away on Sunday, 21st of October, 2012 at the
age of 82.

In a press release signed by his Senior Special Assistant on
Media, Mrs Funmi Wakama, Senator Amosun described the demise of Mrs Solarin as most painful and a great loss to Ogun State and Nigeria in general.

According to the governor “Mama Solarin was a foremost educationist, a great teacher and disciplinarian who rendered an immeasurable service to the people of Ogun State and Nigeria through the Mayflower School. The school founded in 1956 became one of the best schools in the country and has produced many of the leading lights in our nation.”

Senator Amosun noted that Mama Solarin personified the common humanity we shared “not just by marrying our own revered Dr Tai Solarin but choosing to live in Nigeria and making it her true home.”

“Mrs Solarin was an exampler of that much-needed global spirit that sees beyond colour, race and religion in inter-relationships among peoples, nations and continents of the world,” the governor said.

“Ogun State and Nigeria have lost a first class teacher,an epitome of hard work, a humanist extraordinnaire and role model of distinction,” Amosun said.

Mama Solarin, an education icon, was British by birth. She met the late social critic, Dr Tai Solarin, in England and both moved to Nigeria in 1952 where they worked in Molusi College, Ijebu Igbo before establishing the Mayflower School, Ikenne.

Governor Amosun has since consoled with the family of the deceased.

May the gentle soul of Mama Solarin rest in perfect peace.

Funmi Wakama

  1. f.u.okwu Reply

    May her gentle soul rest in perfect peace.

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