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Chief Jeremiah Obafemi Awolowo was a Nigerian nationalist, political leader, writer and a principal participant in the country’s struggle for independence. Obafemi Awolowo (commonly known as Awo and often referred to as ‘the sage’) was one of modern Nigeria's founding fathers. He is one of three National Heroes of the Nigerian nation (along with Abubakar Tafawa Balewa and Nnamdi Azikiwe).

Chief Awolowo is not noted for soapbox rhetoric. But among his contemporaries, he has no peer in oratory. With his vast knowledge of issues and events, he dives straight and deep into his subject matter. He speaks with vigour, authority and candour....'

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Awo On Leadership By Example
Those of us placed in a position of leadership must be prepared to grasp the nettle if we unite in doing so, and if, in addition, we set a worthy example and a marat on pace in probity, unselfishness, and self-sacrifice, the people will follow, all too readily, in our footsteps.
- Call to Rededication and Reconstruction (1961): In Voice of Reason.
Awo on Risk Taking
It is, I think, enough for me to say that life itself is, from the cradle to the grave, a series of unbroken risks. I make no boast about this, but those who know me intimately will testify to the fact that I have never, at any time, shrunk from taking my full share of the risks which life, with its unending opportunities and vicissitudes, offers.
- Voice of Reason.
Awo on Power and How It Enslaves
Power enslaves: absolute power enslaves absolutely. I have made a diligent search through history, and I have not come across a single instance where a regime, be it military or civilian, which has come to power at its own will, and has wielded that power for many years, has found it easy to extricate itself from the sweet uses and shackles of power, and then hand it to others outside its own hierarchy. It is possible, quite possible, that my search is not exhaustive and so, I stand to be corrected."
- University of Ife Convocation (1974): In Voice of Courage.

Awo On The Nigerian Civil War
It appears to me that the causes of the last Civil War lie embedded in the nether realms of such degrading and depraving evils as unemployment; mass ignorance; endemic and debilitating diseases; low productivity; abuse and misuse of power, bribery and corruption; favouritism and nepotism; ethnocentricity and tribalism; much poverty and much discontent."
- Address to The Nigerian Trade Union Congress (1970): In Voice of Courage.
Awo on the Danger of Not Practising What We Preach
If we are in the habit of practising the opposite of what we preach, our admonition will not only lose their force and cogency, but also we ourselves will forfeit every claim to credibility. An ounce of example, it has been widely said, is far better than a ton of precepts.
-Address to the Congregation of the University of Ife (1970): In Voice of Wisdom.
Awo On The Risk That The Few Rich Are Running
We have in our midst about 1,000 rich Nigerians who in the past cleverly rigged the sources of the wealth of our nation, and we are now tactically poised to oligopolise all the munificent avenues of riches that may supervene now and in the future. The rich, and the highly-placed in business, public life, and government, are running a dreadful risk in their callous neglect of the poor and down-trodden."
- Address delivered to Ondo House of Assembly (1980): Voice of Wisdom.
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