November 19, (THEWILL) – Socialite and businesswoman, Princess (Dr) Rosemary Osula Mku-Atu, a.k.a Rosula, has been honoured as the Grand Patron of the International Student Film Festival, ISSFS. She was singled out for this honour because of her numerous philanthropic acts which she carries out through her Rosula Foundation, a non-governmental organisation.
According to Dr Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen, the founder of ISSFS, Rosula was unanimously selected by the Board of Advisers of the group headed by Prof. Backleys Ayakoroma, due to her giant strides and monumental services to humanity.
Touching lives they say, comes effortlessly to Rosula who never gets tired of giving hope to the hopeless, of giving succour to the downtrodden, of quenching the thirst of the masses and these she has done from providing educational scholarships in various schools across the country, to gifting universities and governmental bodies building complexes to rehabilitation of buildings, provision of basic of infrastructures such as water, light etc.
A recipient of many awards, too numerous to mention as well as honorary doctorate degrees from Crescent University, Ogun State and Igbinedion University, Edo State she was also, recently conferred with the Oodua Influential special Recognition Award, OSRA. The organisers of the awards ceremony described her nomination as a reward for her meritorious services and selfless efforts toward supporting the Oodua people and their heritage.
A wealthy woman by all meanse, Rosula made the bulk of her money under the military regime of late General Sani Abacha through Lt. General Jeremiah Useni (retd.), Alhaji Arisekola Alao, etc. She also dominated the social scene. Her massive office complex situated then on Adeniran Ogunsanya road in Surulere, Lagos, was always a beehive of activities with many paying her visits for one favour or another.
Unfortunately somewhere along the line, Rosula’s businesses took a downward turn after she was unable to service a loan of N1.9 billion that she took from Union Bank and the defunct Intercontinental Bank to enable her purchase pre-paid meters for Power Holding Company of Nigeria. Her office, by court order, remained under lock and key for many years before a bank finally took possession of it.
After leaving her marriage to a Benue State-born politician, Rosula married the late Ogun State-born politician, Senator Buruji Kashamu.
The marriage ended after he instituted an alleged child trafficking case against her. She is currently in her third marriage, to a younger man and now wishes to be referred to as Princess Hadessah Osula Mku-Atu. She now plays big in the real estate sector via her Nehemiah Grace Limited, Sharon Properties Ltd and Jezreel Grace Villa and Apartment Ltd. Her tentacles also spread to the financial services sector, telecommunications, manufacturing and tourism.