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ARG mourns Yinka Odumakin

Afenifere Renewal Group is devastated by the passing on of Yinka Odumakin, a renowned activist for an egalitarian Nigeria.

Yinka lived his life unambiguously and breathe his last fighting for a political climate that we all believe will liberate Nigeria from the clutches of bad governance and poverty. He was always ready to lead from the war front.

Yinka’s footprint is indelible and appears on every major progressive effort in Yoruba sociopolitical landscape. He was there when we worked hard to unite our elders at a three-day pan-Yoruba conference at IITA in 2007. His commitment shone in the process that led to the establishment of Yoruba Academy and also DAWN Commission.

We had prayed for and expected his recovery, especially at this crucial time when our nation needs his service.

It is most tragic that we finally lost Yinka, our first publicity secretary. Whatever be his shortcomings, no one can deny that he committed his life and deployed his energy and resources towards fighting for the oppressed in Nigeria.

Our hearts and prayers go to his family, especially his wife, Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin. We pray God grants her the fortitude to bear this immense loss.

To everyone who believes in the Yoruba Agenda, a cause that Yinka lived his for, we say that the best way to immortalise the memory of Yinka is to accomplish this cause that he committed his entire lifetime to.

May his soul rest in peace.


Kunle Famoriyo

Publicity Secretary, ARG

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