Brighter Grammar Author, Phebean Ogundipe Passes On

Phebean Ogundipe, author of famous English textbooks, Brighter Grammar and Practical English

Phebean Ogundipe, author of famous English textbooks, Brighter Grammar and Practical English has died at 92.

She died on March 27 in Charlotte, North Carolina in the United States.

As a passionate educationist, Mrs Ogundipe, popularly known as PA Ogundipe, co-authored Brighter Grammar with M. Macaulay and C.E. Eckersley.

She also wrote New Practical English for Senior Secondary series, which she co-authored with P.S. Tregidgo.

Her published novels include Up-country Girl: A personal journey and truthful portrayal of African culture, among others.

Her English textbooks are well-known among basic and secondary schools in Nigeria.  

Born 6 May 1927 to the Itayemi family, in Esa-Oke, Osun, she attend Queen’s College, Yaba on a full scholarship for secondary schooling.

She secured an MA in English from University of St Andrews, Scotland. Upon completion of her studies, she began her working career at the Federal Ministry of Education and served in different schools as an English teacher.

One of the schools was Queen’s College, Ede, where she met her husband, Adebayo Ogundipe.

She also served as Deputy Chief Federal Adviser on Education and National Secretary for UNESCO. She retired as an acting director at the Federal Ministry of Education.

Upon retirement from public service, she co-founded a remedial educational institution, Top Tutors. In 1979 she received the National Honour of Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON).

She is survived by four sons and 10 grandchildren.

May her soul rest in peace.

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