TUNJI OKUSANYA’S WIDOWS SHUN EACH OTHER AT FUNERAL
CERTAINLY, there was no love lost between the two wives of late Olatunji Adedeji Okusanya, going by what we witnessed during the funeral ceremonies of the foremost undertaker.
For instance, during the wake-keep held at his Ogudu Estate residence (Lagos) on Sunday, November 17, 2013, the first wife, Dame Omobola Erogbogbo was conspicuously absent. Dame Erogbogbo is the mother of the man’s first two children, Mrs. Bolanle Feyita and late Olatunji Okusanya (Jnr), who also died in the same plane crash of Thursday, October 3, 2013.
ENCOMIUM Weekly gathered that late Olatunji Adedeji Okusanya and Dame Omobola Erogbogbo have been estranged for a very long time but they remained friends before his death.
As a matter of fact, we learnt that the relationship between the second wife, Mrs. Debola Apinke Okusanya, was the cause of separation of late Tunji Okusanya and his first wife, Dame Omobola Erogbogbo. Aside the fact that the first wife was conspicuously absent at the wake-keep, at St. John’s Anglican Church, Aroloya, Lagos, where the funeral service held on Monday, November 18, 2013, the two women were sitting apart with their children. While the first wife was sitting with her daughter, Mrs. Bolanle Feyita and her late husband’s love child, Wuraola, the second wife was sitting on another pew with her three children Opemipo, Ladipo and Nifemi.
Also, during the funeral service in the church, the officiating ministers only acknowledged the second wife, Mrs. Debola Apinke Okusanya. No mention was made of the first wife at all.
Again, the brochure on the man underscored the cold war between the two women. The 84-page glossy book which chronicled the life and times of late Olatunji Adedeji Okusanya was compiled by his first child and daughter, Mrs. Bolanle Feyita.
The book has a generous mention and the pictures of the first wife, Dame Omobola Erogbogbo, while only three pictures of the second wife were published and her name was not mentioned at all as the wife of the man. Of the 22 pages of tributes in the book, there was none written by the second wife and her three children.
This probably explained why the second wife and her children chose the church programme booklet to write their own tributes.
NAME: Olatunji Adedeji Okusanya
DATE OF BIRTH: Thursday, November 12, 1953
PLACE OF BIRTH: Aroloya Street, Lagos Island
PARENTS: Late Pa Theophilus Oladipupo Okusanya (father) and Mrs. Juliana Olayemi Okusanya (mother) still alive at age of 91
SCHOOLS ATTENDED: Christ Church Cathedral Primary School, Broad Street, Lagos. 1961-1967
Molusi College, Ijebu-Igbo. 1967-1971
Chippenham Technical College, Wittshire, England. (1974-1977) where he obtained a diploma in Agricultural Engineering
Central London College, London (1977-1981), where he obtained another diploma in Marketing
WORK EXPERIENCE: Clerical Officer, Lagos State Ministry of Education 1972-1974
On his return from the United Kingdom in 1981, he worked in a paint company in Oyingbo, Lagos Mainland, just for a month before joining his father’s company, Magbamowo Industrial Company which later turned to MIC Casket. He later established MIC Royal Ltd., the all-in-one comprehensive funeral services provider.
– TOLANI ABATTI and DAMILOLA SHOLOLA