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Saki-born Author Of Nigeria’s National Pledge, Felicia Adedoyin, Is Dead

After a brief illness, Prof. Felicia Adebola Adedoyin, the author of Nigeria's national pledge, died on Saturday.

The late Adedoyin, a Princess from the Iji Ruling House of Saki, Saki West Local Government, Oke Ogun region of Oyo State, was born on November 6, 1938, the second of six children.

Adedoyin earned her Ph.D. in education from the University of Lagos in 1981.

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, encouraged 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 Government, Pledge," which was shown to then-President Olusegun Obasanjo, who changed it and introduced it to the country during the formal launch of the Universal Free Primary Education (UPE), and decreed that all school children recite the national pledge in 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 care of her children.

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