THIS FLORENCE WAS A NIGHTINGALE

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Late chief Florence Rewane

A TRIBUTE TO CHIEF FLORENCE ELEMI REWANE

By Chief Edward Ekpoko

SETTING THE STAGE:

It was Shakespeare who said in Twelfth Night that some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them. For Chief Florence Elemi Rewane, she had it all – she was born great and had same thrust upon her and equally achieved greatness as well. A biography of her is an excursion into Itsekiri aristocratic society especially from the era of interregnum from 1848 to the present day.

Chief Florence descended paternally from the Ologbotsere family of Warri, through his father, Chief Rewane Jemide Diare (the Osague of Warri; 1876–1977). Her father was the son of Jemide, who was the son of Diare, the Governor of the Benin River from 1851 to 1870. Diare was the son of Uwangue Uwankun, who was himself son of Ologbotsere Eyinmisan. The Ologbotsere Chieftaincy title is the highest in Itsekiri land, while the Uwangue ranks third.

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Source: Vanguard Newspaper