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Celebrations, as Jamuhiyat Salat Niyass Society honours ‘Mama Diaspora’ Amina Ajayi with ‘Iya Adinni’ title


It was a day of worship, camaraderie and celebration when the Jamuhiyat Salat Niyass Society of Nigeria (JAMSAN), rewarded Ambassador Amina Temitope Ajayi with the association’s ‘Iya Adinni of JASMAN’ title.

The Amir of JAMSAN, Sheikh Tirimizy Kareem Adeleke told the glittering audience that Ambasador Ajayi was honoured due to her large heart and for her philanthropy.

The colorful event, held at the National Stadium, Surulere on January 1st 2023, was a combination of many activities for JAMSAN, including the group’s yearly Maolud Nabiyy and fundraising for its Modinat Pap Sheikh Tijanni Nyass Mosque.

“Mama is mother to all and we decided to adorn her with a title due to her love for humanity. She is up to the task, a mother to all,” Sheikh Adeleke said. He assured that Ambassador Ajayi would live up to expectations with a positive legacy, as the recipient of the noble title, IyaAdinni of JASMAN.

After her turbanning ceremony, the new Iya Adinni of JASMAN stated that she recognised the importance of the religious honour. She said her new role was not a joke and promised to continue to work towards ensuring that women are well-informed and empowered.

She said: “Today, to the glory of Almighty Allah, I’m fortunate to be honoured with the title ‘Iya -Adini of JAMSAN’, which means leader of women. Though this is not the first I’m attaining such a position to lead women. I have represented women on an international level at the United Nation. Also, the Former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, has invited me to participate in the 2014 conference to amend the constitution. I represent Nigeria women of the 35 per cent affirmative action.”

She urged Nigerian women to live up to their responsibilitiesand undwrstood that the society would value then to the existent that they place value on themselves.

Ajayi, a mamber of the APC Presidential Campaign Committee (PCC), told journalists that her ardent support for the APC presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu was due to the support he rendered to her when he was the Chief Accountant of Mobil when men in the oil business wanted to frustrate her out of the system.

She also advised Nigerians not to see politics as a do-or-die affair, but a system to get the best leaders for the country. She called for more participation of women and the youth in the political process.

She said: “Politics is not a do-or-die. Nigeria women should embrace one another. The love shown among Nigerian women is not too good. I don’t like when Nigerian women have complexes, it is wrong we are very educated. That is why I’m an advocate of young adult women.

“There should be youth ministers for agriculture, youth mister for finance, sport, housing, works. Let us start engaging our youth and women. I’m actively involved in politics due to my love for my fellow women and youths, Nigeria should wake up, we all struggle for democracy and we must reap the dividend by voting for the right candidate.”