Nollywood veteran actress, Lanre Hassan, popularly known as Iya Awero, is currently in a joyous mood as the Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on behalf of the state gave her a three bedroom apartment.
The apartment was given to Iya Awero on Wednesday while the governor commissioned, delivered and renamed the LagosHoms, Igbogbo as Prince Abiodun Ogunleye Housing Estate, Igbogbo.
The newly commissioned estate which housed 360 home units comprising 120 one bedroom, 120 two bedrooms and 120 three bedrooms is located at Bayeku road, Igbogbo, Ikorodu.
Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Gboyega Akosile who made the announcement via his Twitter account revealed that Sanwo-Olu after presenting the gift to Iya Awero noted that veteran thespians should be celebrated while they are alive.
“We don’t need to celebrate them when they die, we can celebrate them while they are still alive. These are our Nollywood stars that have worked for over 30-40 years and they need to be celebrated. Congratulations ma. Thank you”, Sanwo-Olu said.
In a video also shared by Akosile of the handing over of the apartment, an excited Awero thanked the governor and his team for their kind gesture.
She said, “I don’t know what to say. I am so short of words. I am so happy today. Thank you so much, my governor, may the Almighty Allah continue to bless you. Also, deputy, thank you so much. I am so grateful. If anyone shelters you whenever you wake up, all you do is pray for the person. God will keep blessing, helping and supporting you. This our land will be peaceful, God will fix Nigeria and take the country to greater heights. Once again I thank everyone for this gift.”
Iya Awero is a renowned and award-winning actress and stage performer with over 40 years of acting experience. The veteran who hails from Lagos Island was born October 3rd, 1950 and has featured in both Yoruba and English language Nollywood movies.