It was a memorable day for the family of Justice Isiaka Ishola Oluwa when Nigerians from all strata of the society gathered in Lagos recently to celebrate his 100th birthday.
The event prominently featured members of the judiciary, Awori Resource Group, Eko Club and members of Kings’ College Old Boys Association in addition to students and staff of the school.
The event also featured the launch of the book, “A life in Motion, Reminiscences of A Jurist At 100 Years by Justice Isiaka Ishola Oluwa (rtd).”
Speaking at the occasion, Joint Chief Medical Director, Eko Hospital, Dr. Sunny Kuku, felicitated with the celebrant and opined that anybody who has lived up to a century is worth celebrating.
He said: “Papa is a titan, an icon and one of those Nigerians who have untainted career in Lagos judiciary.”
According to him, everybody loves the oldest alumni of the King’s College.
“We are proud of him and pray he lives long to enjoy the fruits of his labour. He is our hero and we all want to emulate his life and have that kind of reputation when we are 100 years old. ”
Pro Chancellor, University Of Lagos (UNILAG), Wale Babalakin (SAN), noted that the jurist is worth celebrating because of his achievements.
“We are celebrating today one of the greatest men in Nigeria. He is one of the men who have stood with their convictions, one of the men who have stood for truth.
“Justice Oluwa has refused to be intimidated by the overwhelming power of those who have decided not to treat others fairly. We pray that he has many more years to live and we are very grateful for the celebration,” he said.
Chief Launcher of the event, Engineer Layi Ajayi-Bembe, remarked that the celebrant is one man that has stood alone to fight for the cause of Lagos State.
“I have known Justice Oluwa for many years. He is a wonderful man,” he said.
Ajayi-Bembe, who advised younger lawyers to emulate his lifestyle, said: “We don’t find people like Justice Oluwa in the ministry again. Unlike his time in the judiciary, we now find judges taking bribe, perverting justice. He is just a unique man.”
Also one of the celebrant’s daughter, Peju Elias, described her father as her oracle and confidant.
Commending him for instilling discipline in her and other siblings, Elias confessed that discipline is his watchword.
“He would tell us to recite: ‘the height of great men was not attained by sudden flight, they, while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night,”’ she said.
According to her this shows that one must be disciplined to be able to uphold oneself, as well as adjust to any situation in life.
“This has also been my watchword till date,” she said.
Other dignitaries at the event include Alhaji Femi Okunnu, Engr. Kayode Erikitola and Engr. Muiz Oseni.