chief (mrs) fowler


With everything that has gone on in the last two weeks, I almost forgot my grandmother was 80 in March. My beautiful grandmother turned 80 on the 23rd of March and we decided to surprise her with a family dinner. The plan was to show up at her front door and yell “surprise grandma we’re all here” but knowing my very intelligent grandmother she was probably onto us from the moment the idea was even conceived. 

It was a dinner with family and laughter, at 80 she had all her children and grandchildren around her. Genevieve Magazine did a feature on her in their March issue and all the women in the family shared a couple words about Chief (Mrs) Leila Fowler also known to me as grandma :-)

 These were my words about my grandmother


A grandmother’s love is something very special.  Grandma you have played an important role in my life.  As your only granddaughter, we have such a strong, unspoken bond.  I am so proud of you Grandma.  You seize and create opportunities for learning and teaching.  You are so wise, so practical, so strong and yet so gentle in your love for me.  I have watched as you have fulfilled your dreams and also made a point of helping others achieve their dreams as well. From the tragedy and sorrow of losing a child, you immortalized her memory by touching so many young girl’s lives with the school. I do not think you realise the number of young women in our society today that are better for having met you, for having you tell them to always ask themselves and remember “who they are”.   I am so fortunate to be able to call you my Grandmother.  You are so full of life and are positively ageless.  Your dedication to your family is evident in everything you do.  Grandma, you are my definition of grace, strength and endurance.  Your sense of values runs deep.

I admire the fact that you still work as hard now as you did when I was a little girl. At 80, you are still contributing to society by helping to build our educational system. At an age where most would think that you have retired, you are building a science and technology institution. One that will one day fulfil your dream and create many Nigerian scientists.

I love hearing you tell me how at two, I would put on your high heels when you came home from work and walk around your bedroom.  Maybe that is why I love wearing high heels to this day.  Grandma, I realize that to fill your shoes requires passion and sheer determination.  You have inspired me with your sense of humour and fighting spirit.  Thank you for teaching me, that nothing is impossible with God.

As we celebrate Mother’s Day this month Grandma, we are also thanking God and celebrating your 80th birthday.  At eighty, you remain strong and beautiful.  Grandma, I admire you, respect you honour you and I love you dearly.  You are a blessing in my live.  You are truly 80 and FABULOUS.

“A wife of noble character who can find?  She is worth far more than rubies.  Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value.  She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.  She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands.  She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar.  She gets up while it is still dark; she provides food for her family and portions for her servant girls.  She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.  She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.  She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night.  In her hand she holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers.  She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.  When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet.  She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple.  Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.  She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes.  She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.  She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.  She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.  Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her:  Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all. Charm is deceptive, and beauty if fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.  Give her the reward she has earned, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate."  Proverbs 31: 10-31