Today, I, Rabi Idi Adamu (mni), fondly and with great respect, remember Onyami Alhajiya (as she was fondly called by all of us. She died in August, 1983.
Onyami Alhajiya was the undisputed Queen of our late father, Alhaji Ibrahim Atta. She was with him when our father went on pilgrimage and from there through Egypt to England to visit the king of England and the father of the present Queen of England
Why do I and others hold her in high Esteem ? It’s because She was very humble despite the position she held, very loving and obedient to our father.
She loved all of us hence the reason why our elders treated with high respect. She exposed we the younger ones to so many opportunities.
She was a disciplined person and therefore brought all of us up in her care with good character traits.
She treated the subjects and loyalists of our late father, that continued to pay homage on very market day, with love and care and made sure that they were well fed before going back to their various destinations
Who are ha direct Children?
Though, all Atta children are her own, but her two direct children are;
Hajia Rakiya Atta Scott who resides in Lagos. She is a retired diplomat and the first Northern Nursing sister that helped established many nursing homes e.g Nursling homes in Kano, Adamawa etc. As a diplomat, she was the Charge de Affairs that helped opened the embassy of Greece.
Chief (Mrs) Katsina Majekodunmi, wife of late Chief (Dr) M.A.Majekodunmi if blessed memory.
Her grand children include;
Ibrahim Kojo Claude Ennin, Delice Claude Ennin, Dr Dapo Majekodunmi, Kofo Majekodunmi n Folake.. All are happily married and going about their various careers
Those of us brought up by her are ;
Late sis Asmau,
Late sis Aishatu,
Late Dr Ahmed,
Alh Idris Atta,
Sis Halima Moses,
Late Saadatu Salami,
Late sis Rali,
Late sis Husaina Dili,
Haj Bilkisu Sule Kano ,
Sis Laraba Bada nasi in Lagos,
Sis Madina Salahu,
Haj Lami Atta, Zainab Kaka Atta,
Rabi Idi Adamu,
Maryam Jaguda Moneke,
Muni Atta in Lagos,
Rabi Oweyi Atta in Paris,
Habiba Atta and
Oyiza kuso in Minna.
Late Haj. Zainabu Kaka Abdulmalik
Onyami Alhajiya, we are all grateful to you for your love and care. No day passes without the recitation of suratul Iqlass for you, for your good deeds. May Allah keep Onyami Alhajiya in the highest place in jinnatul Firdaus, Ameen.
Her type is rear and hard to come by. I end this with Suratul Iqlass for her gentle and beautiful soul.
Thank you all for your attention.
My next tribute will be to our dearest elder sister, Hajiya Inya Atta of blessed memory, stay tuned……