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HOW THREE OF FORMER OONI OF IFE’S DAUGHTERS DIED WITHIN SIX WEEKS

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crownIn a way that can best be described as being intriguing, the family of the late Sir Adesoji Aderemi, the former Ooni of Ife, has witnessed three deaths of their matriarchs within a space of six weeks. The first of such death was that of Princess Tejumade Alakija, frontline bureaucrat and a former Head of Service of the old Oyo State. Alakija, who was the first daughter of the former Ooni, died on Friday, 23rd August at the University College Hospital, Ibadan, after a brief illness. She was 88 years old. At various times, Alakija held the position of Permanent Secretary in the old Western State and she was also Pro-Chancellor of Universities of Benin, Nsukka and Abuja. Until her death, Alakija was the head of the Adesoji Aderemi and Omisore families. She is survived by Folake St. Mathew Daniel and Toyin Komolafe.
Her remains were buried in November. Meanwhile, while members of the Aderemi family were mourning the exit of their grand matriarch and making plans for her burial, death struck and snatched another member of the family. The deceased, Princess Adeogun Lasekan, was one of the daughters of the late Oba Adesoji Aderemi, and the younger sister of Princess Alakija.
Her death occurred on September 23rd, exactly a month after that of Mama Alakija.  Known and loved for her philanthropic activities and charming smile, Princess Lasekan is survived by many children and grandchildren. Her funeral ceremony took place also in November with a burial service, which took place at the All Saints Anglican Church, Montegomery Road, Yaba while the interment was held at the Vaults and Gardens, Ikoyi.
A grand reception was later held in her honour at the Shell Hall, Muson Center, Onikan. However, while members of the Aderemi family were still absorbing the shock, occasioned by the second death, they lost another prominent matriarch again. This time, it was Princess Teniade Areoye Adunni Omoworare, who was also a daughter of the late Sir Adesoji Aderemi. She died on Saturday, 12th October 2013 at the age of 82.
Described as a very amiable woman, Princess Omoworare is survived by Funke Oyewole, Nike Omoworare, Segun Omoworare and Senator Jide Omoworare, a member of the present Senate in Abuja. Her burial ceremony was held in the last week of November and was attended among others by Senate President David Mark.

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