President Muhammadu Buhari has joined the family of Ogundipe to mourn Phebean Ogundipe, the author of legendary English textbook, Brighter Grammar and co-author of Practical English, who died at the age of 92.
President Buhari extended heartfelt commiserations to the Ogundipe 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.
The President stated 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” the President noted.
President Buhari prayed that God almighty grants the soul of the departed eternal rest and comfort all who mourn.
The author passed away on 27 March 2020 in Charlotte, North Carolina, in the United States, where she was buried on the same day. However, her death was announced days later, in a statement.