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Monday, March 30, 2020

Author Of Brighter Grammar Phebean Ogundipe Has Died...

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

She died on March 27,2020 in Charlotte, North Carolina in the United States.

Ogundipe, nee Itayemi, was born in Esa-Oke, Osun on 6 May 1927.
She had her elementary education in Esa-oke and Imesi-Ile. She later went to Queen’s College, Yaba, Lagos on a full scholarship for her secondary education.
Thereafter, she went to University of St Andrews, Scotland for a Master of Arts in English.

Upon completion of her studies, she began her working career in 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 was the acting director in the Federal Ministry of Education at the time of her retirement.

Her passion for English education led to her authorship of well-known English textbooks, Brighter Grammar, for elementary school and Practical English, for junior and senior secondary schools.
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 ten grandchildren.


  1. May God comfort her family and may her soul rest in peace.

  2. Chai,such a brainy woman. She achieved alot in life. May her gentle soul rest in peace. Amen

  3. May she find peace and happiness at the bosom of the Almighty God. Amen

  4. Wow what an accomplished life,rest in peace maam

  5. Rest on Legend. Your memory will be evergreen.

  6. I hope say the book will continue to be printed. Some people still need that brighter grammar book

    1. Oh boy! You need like 50 copies. Don't go into isolation without them. Also, ensure you expose yourself to the sun while reading it just so the rays of the sun can also assist to brighten your grammar.

  7. sleep well ma,,may ur soul rest in perfect peace

  8. I used Brighter Grammar. May her soul rest in peace. Life well spent.

  9. RIP ma. If reincarnation is real, come again because you added value to humanity.

  10. May her soul Rest In Peace even as her legacy lives on. She contributed to Nigerians speaking good English, until you hear other Africans English you will not value Nigerians English language. Nigerian English is clearer to Londoner’s and Americans 😀

  11. A life well spent. May her soul rest in peace.

  12. And there goes one of the finest! RIP ma'am.

    You need to go through the books that primary and secondary schools use these days... I fear. Home tutoring is so important now!

  13. A legend is gone. Wow! May her soul rest in peace.

  14. May her soul rest in peace.


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