FOREMOST herbal slimmer, Quincy Ayodele is set to roll out the drums in celebration of her late father, Chief Amos Oluwole Sodimu, 88, the Olori Aje of Egba Gbehin. The burial will take place in Abeokuta, Ogun State on June 19 and 20, 2015. ENCOMIUM Weekly had a chat with her about the life and times of her father.
Accept our condolence on the demise of your father?
When did it happen?
It happened on Wednesday, January 28, 2015.
How did it happen, was he sick?
He was sick last year, he recovered and was doing fine health wise. The day he passed on, he had his bath and took breakfast. He was reading a newspaper and suddenly, he started sweating profusely. Later, he went to be with the Lord.
When last did you see him?
I saw him last in November 2014 before travelling to the U.S, although, we were communicating well on phone. I can remember we spoke some days before he passed on, like a day before my birthday in January.
What fond memories of his do you hold dear to your heart?
I had a special way of greeting him. We had a special way of greeting and he also had his way of responding. I can remember he told me to be self employed so that I can be empowered. That has really worked for me.
Can you recount the best advice he gave you?
Like I said, he encouraged me to be self employed. He was always saying I should be simple that people will have confidence in me. He said simplicity brings trust and makes people associate with you. Simplicity costs you nothing but buys you everything. It will open doors for you and it will allow other doors to open on their own. That has been my guiding principle and it will forever be until I join him in my ripe age.
How best can you describe him?
My father was a good man. He was simple to the core. He was friendly. He had friends of all age groups. He could move with a 30 year old as his friend. He enjoyed the company of people. He never liked being alone. He liked people around him. He has over a 100 children though eight are just his own. My father was generous to a fault. He could give out all he had.
How old was he before his demise?
He was 88.
What about the burial plans?
There will be a wake keep on Friday, June 19, 2015 and the burial will be on Saturday, June 20, 2015 in Abeokuta, Ogun State.
What about his wife?
My mother is still alive, though she is old, she is 85.
What about the children?
We are eight in the family. I am the second child, they are all doing well.
What was your dad doing before he died?
He was an entrepreneur. He was producing beans powder used for akara. Gbokoniyi is the name of his brand of product.