Taiwo Hassan, popularly known as Ogogo, a veteran Yoruba movie star, has publicly praised Alhaja Fawzia Adebanke Amodu, aka Iya Isila Alamala, for saving him years ago when he was critically ill.
Taiwo Hassan aka Ogogo paid tribute to the celebrant and emphasized Iya Isila’s generous nature, saying she is God-sent, at her recently held glamorous 70th birthday ceremony.
Taiwo Hassan spoke about how she stood by him when everything was against him and all he could do was pray to God for help.
“Whoever God has gifted good behaviour has gotten everything in life. Those who observe Iya Isila are totally different from those who are close to her. I can never get tired talking about her personality. She is an endearing woman.
I am so grateful to her and I would like you, the audience, to thank her on my behalf. When I was facing a serious health challenge, I was left all alone. There was no helper but Mama Isila. Some people went on peddling rumours that I swallowed cocaine and the likes.
Taiwo Hassan recounts sick days
But everything is open to God. She would call notable people around her, the likes of Wale Saubana, Sati Ramoni, Taiwo, and many others. She would inform them about my ailment and the need to take care of my feeding. She would then call me to either go on my own or send someone to some places to collect a huge amount of money that would cater for my needs.
Throughout the period that I was sick, I did not sell any of my properties. Even during the 9 months that I couldn’t walk at all, I was only surviving on pap. All this is to the glory of God who used Iya Isila for me.
Popular female musician, Queen Salawat Abeni also helped me a lot during that period. I never thought I have been that virtuous to deserve the kind of care I received from them. Maybe it is as a result of my parents’ good behaviour, I thank God. Iya Isila, as we celebrate you today, may you continue to be relevant among us.
May you never regret celebrating your 70th birthday. May you continue to remember today for good. May those of us present at the event live long to fulfil our destinies. May we not die mysteriously. Iya Isila, you are indeed a mother.”