Irene Harriman

She has gone through the motions of life with equanimity and grace. Through the shrill clang of trials and pain, she emerged victorious as the rough-hewn ore returns finer, like burnished steel from a steel forge. Yes, Irene Oritsetseutienyione Harriman understands this priceless fact hence her predilection for modesty and unabashed humility. Irene, the wife of late Chief Hope Harriman, the Sobaloju of Ife, will be 80 years old tomorrow, Monday, January 15. And like a woman of true character and quiet nobility, she elected to celebrate her 80th birthday as a low-key affair with thanksgiving for God’s mercies over the years.

She has a great pedigree, no doubt. Her parents are Benjamin Akubo Ogedegbe and Bridget Ogedegbe from Onofomi family of Warri Kingdom, Delta State.

Reputed for her quiet demeanour, Irene effortlessly exudes dignity and class. She started off as a civil servant before veering into business, where she became a success story. A mother of four – Hon. Temi Harriman, Tuoyo Harriman, Ete Ayida and Bawo Harriman, with 7 grandchildren, she is no doubt a pillar of trust, hope, compassion and support to everyone around her, particularly her family members.

She never shies from giving them crucial and beneficial moral support in the most trying and pleasant moments. She is undoubtedly their guiding light through the wilderness of life and their interminable gust of calming wind on life’s stormy seas.