By Femi E Gabriel
In appreciation of her selflessness and philanthropic gestures to humanity, members of the Theatre Arts and Motion Picture Producers Association of Nigeria (TAMPAN) has honoured Rev. Mother Esther Abimbola Ajay as the Matron of the Association.
TAMPAN members made the declaration at a special meeting held at Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos.
The meeting began with a prayer by Adekola Odunlade and an introduction of TAMPAN team by Yomi Fash Lanso, before the President, Otunba Bolaji Amusan aka Mr Latin, announced the intention of the group.
Mr Latin described Rev. Mother Esther Abimbola Ajayi, fondly called Iya Adura, as a rare Nigerian who does good, without bias thereby deserving of whatever accolades she received.
“When our Exco resumed, it was Baba Suwe’s health issue we met. We took him to LUTH and while running around for help, the good news came that Rev. Mother Esther Ajayi had paid the 10 million naira needed for his treatment abroad.
“As if that was not enough, she also paid the medical Bill of another member of our association, Alabi Yellow. So we just came to thank you ma. Your type is uncommon”, Mr Latin said.
After his appreciation, Mr Latin on behalf of the association then pleaded with Iya Adura to accept their offer to become the Matron of TAMPAN.
Another veteran artiste on the entourage, Prince Jide Kosoko, made yet another request that the anointed woman of God should accept to be the Special Guest of Honour at the association’s annual convention holding in Ibadan, Oyo State, on December 12, 2019.
“We host this event annually at different locations in the country and celebrate an icon who has imparted lives. This year, it will hold in Ibadan and we consider you to be the special guest that we shall honour.”
Rev. Mother Esther Ajayi, after much consultations, accepted the offer to become the Matron of TAMPAN and agreed to attend the 2019 edition of the association’s convention to the delight of all present.
In her characteristic manner, she showered prayers on the talented thespians and wished them success in their endeavours.
Other members of TAMPAN at the fun-filled meeting included: Yinka Quadri, Fathia Balogun Williams, Sola Kosoko and Ayo Adesanya.
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