Buhari mourns passing of Phebean Ogundipe, author of Brighter Grammar


President Muhammadu Buhari has commiserated with the family of Ogundipe over the death of Phebean Ogundipe, the author of legendary English textbook, Brighter Grammar, and co-author of Practical English.

She died at the age of 92.

According to a statement by Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President extended 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.

Shehu said “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 affirmed 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,” Shehu said.

He said that President Buhari prayed God almighty to grant the soul of the departed eternal rest and to comfort all who mourn.


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