By Ishaq Dan-Imam, Lokoja
Princess (Hajia) Hadiza Ibrahim, who adds another year to her glorious years on mother earth, is an enigmatic woman of substance, virtue and allure, whose penchant for philanthropy and Community Service in Igala Kingdom is unparalleled.
Relatives, friends, associates and well-wishers of this noble Princess of valour, turned out in immeasurable numbers to celebrate her birthday on Saturday night, 30th of September, 2023, at the Attah’s Palace with air of royal bliss and splendour.
Indeed, there comes a time in the life of every human being when you take stock of your achievements with a view to giving gratitude to your Maker who makes everything possible according to His will.
This was exactly the scenario that played out at Attah’s Palace, where the amiable Princess of virtue, Hadiza Ibrahim, marked her moment of joy in grand style with a lavish birthday celebration just as the enthusiastic guests lavishly praised her virtues as a business leader, innovator, politician, humanist and leadership icon of hope and inspiration to the women folk, given her exemplary attributes, as a sagacious politician with inspirational insights into leadership and Community development over the years of meritorious service to God and humanity.
She founded ‘Hadiza Motors’ in highbrow victoria Island, Lagos, over four decades ago. As a woman of courage with untainted business acumen, Hajia Hadiza Ibrahim, delved into a male-dominated business at a time men found it difficult to navigate the auto business industry, where she rose to stardom amid praise and honour as she carried out her businesses with uncanny integrity and of course, in way that demonstrates high level of compliance to business ethics and etiquette.
Her success story in the business world is an indication of inner stuff. it’s also imperative to note that Princess Hadiza Ibrahim as a politician has twice contested for the coveted Governorship of Kogi State to the level of primary election without any limitations.
Her visible presence on the political stage with the doggedness of a winning aspirant in the 2023 Governorship race of Kogi state under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) before she opted out to allow her political leader, Hon James Faleke, to contest, speaks volumes of her impeccable political credentials.
During an interview at the NUJ Press center in Lokoja, Princess Hadiza Ibrahim, opined that she opted out because she could not contest an election with her political leader, Hon. James Faleke for reasons best known to her, as she bowed out of the Kogi Governorship race gracefully.
Princess Hadiza Ibrahim’s humanitarian gesture is legendary. it is on record that she was the first female in the history of Igalaland to have donated a Limousine car to the then Attah Igala, Alhaji Aliyu Obaje, of blessed memory.
This philantrophic gesture of hers (Princess Hadiza Ibrahim, which spans several years), has placed her name in the hall of Fame as a humanist and philanthropist per excellence.