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Akeem Sodeinde’s burial extra -Brothers (Sheriff, Idris and Wole) relive his life and times

The remains of one of the popular Lagos Island club owners, Akeem Sodeinde were laid to rest at the Ikoyi Cemetery, Ikoyi, Lagos, on Friday, May 15, 2015. Friends, family members and contemporaries were at the graveside of the socialite.

Hunky Akeem Sodeinde died on Sunday, May 10, 2015, after a protracted battle with diabetes and kidney ailment. He was 44.

The funeral was officiated by Pastors Gerald Adeoye and Israel Oyeniyi at Havillah Events Centre, Oniru, Lekki, Lagos.

ENCOMIUM Weekly had a chat with the brothers of the deceased and celebrities who were there to pay their last respects to the former Movida Nite Club boss fondly called General.

‘My brother was a free man’- IDRIS SODEINDE, brother

DSC_0456How would you describe your late brother?

My brother was a fun loving person that always wanted everyone around him to practice what he did. I saw my brother as a free man who didn’t have problem with any one even with his workers. He loved seeing you do the right thing at the right time.

He was a disciplinarian but most people didn’t see him as that.

What was your reaction toward his death?

I was at the Mainland when I received a call that he was gone. Immediately, I moved to the Island where he stayed. I saw him laid on the bed and I said, my brother can’t die just like that. It was like a dream to me. But later I accepted it in good faith that my brother was gone.

What happened that his wife and daughter are not at his funeral?

I don’t want to say anything about that now, all I can say is that the wife and daughter are unavoidably absent.

What will you miss about him?

I will miss everything about him, especially his support and morals.

‘He was a nice man’- SHERIFF OLADELE SODEINDE – brother

DSC_0288How would you describe your brother?

My brother was a loving and caring person. He always carried all the family members along in everything he did. My brother was a very nice person, although he was pompous at times. But that did not stop him from showing kindness to people.

How did you feel when you heard that your brother was dead?

I felt bad, that is just it.

What is life going to be like without your brother?

There is nothing I can do than to move on. My late brother and I were very close. He had a fighting spirit that he never gave up on anything he wished to do. I wanted to follow his foot step but I don’t want to die early like him.

What would you miss about him?

I will miss everything about him. We used to party together, I will miss all of that.

‘My brother was a man of action’- WOLE SODEINDE, brother

DSC_0294How would you describe your brother?

My late brother was a man of little words, but more action. He didn’t take anybody for granted. He was my closest friend. He was someone I cherished so much.

How did you know about his death?

I was in Ado Ekiti when the news got to me and I was shocked. The news got to me late so I couldn’t leave where I was. The next day, I came to Lagos. I didn’t believe it until I saw people mourning. When I saw him in the coffin and I remembered the Akeem I used to know, it pains me a lot that I won’t see him again.

Although, there are so many controversies attached to his death, a lot of people wished him to go and rest.

What would you miss about him?

Akeem and I were like five and six. He was my brother and also my best friend. I will miss him a lot.

‘Akeem was a very kind person’- IK OGBONNA

DSC_0513-001Who are you to the deceased?

We’re brothers and best of friends. I worked with him for two years at Movida. He once called friends and I to club for two nights which started a good relationship with him until his death. I respected Akeem so much for his kindness. He also helped my foundation in Lagos.

How would you describe him?

Late Akeem was a very good man. I respected him so much.

How did you know about his death?

I was on set in Ghana when friends called me to asked if I heard about his death. I was surprised and I got hold of myself because I didn’t know how to react. I later accepted that he’s gone to a better place to rest.

What would you miss about him?

Akeem was a very nice person. He was my very good friend. I will miss everything about him.

‘He was a very good person’- JENIFFER LAMAI

DSC_0513How did you know about his death and what was your reaction?

Friends called and told me about his death. Initially, I didn’t believe until when I saw him laid to rest. I pray his soul rests in perfect peace.

How would you describe him?

Akeem (The Movida General) was a very nice person. He was a very good person. He had a heart of gold. I don’t have enough words to describe him but I would say he was a great man.

What would you miss about him?

I will miss everything about him.

‘He was a high spirited person’ – LISA OMORODION

DSC_0525How would you describe the deceased?

He was a friend, a mentor, a person that I respected so much. He was a club owner and also an inspiration to me.

Who told you about his death?

A friend of mine who happened to be his brother (SOS). I was so devastated.

What will you miss about him?

He was a high spirited person, I will miss his joy. I will miss his spirit.




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