IT’S a moment of joy and celebration in the family of actor turned politician, Hon. Mikail Rotimi Makinde whose pretty wife, Oyebanke Queen delivered a baby girl at Baylor Medical Centre, Irving, Texas, United States of America.
The new tot arrived in the early hours of Friday, February 14, 2014, which coincides with Lover’s Day. This, we learnt, informed the reason the lawmaker representing Ife Federal Constituency, Osun specifically called the child God’s Valentine gift. He also said she would be named after Osun first lady, Alhaja Sherifat Aregbesola.
These were contained in his message of joy released shortly after the delivery. Breaking the heartwarming news, via social media, Makinde said, “I am glad to announce the arrival of a new baby which I described as God’s Valentine gift,” through my beautiful wife, Oyebanke Queen Makinde, few hours ago at Baylor Medical Centre, Irving, Texas, USA. Indication is that the baby would be named after Osun State first lady. The baby came shortly after my arrival in USA. As I was physically present in the labour room to boost my wife’s morale, we are both full of joy as we give praises to Allah, and thanking our friends, family and colleagues who keep praying for our success. God bless you all.”
However, a close source informed ENCOMIUM Weekly that Makinde and the mother of the new baby have been telling their friends and associates that they will throw a big party for the naming when they arrive Nigeria. “They have been waiting for a moment like this. I learnt that was the reason Makinde’s wife travelled to the US weeks back. She actually wanted to go to Canada before her husband opted for United States of America. I learnt they are both planning a colourful naming ceremony which will hold when they return to Nigeria.”
ENCOMIUM Weekly efforts to confirm the good news from the Ife, Osun born politician were all futile as his mobile lines were off. We also sent him a text message, all yielded no result.
On Sunday, February 16, 2014, we got across to his spokesman, Sanya Ojo, who confirmed the authenticity of the message on social media, saying it’s from the colourful lawmaker. “I can confirm to you that the message is true. Hon. Makinde’s wife, Oyebanke delivered a baby girl, not a boy as posted by few bloggers. Her hubby was even beside her at the labour room. They are both excited and happy at the moment. Definitely, they are going to throw a lavish party when they come back from US.”
Probed further on when the elated Makinde and his wife will be back in the country, he said, “That he didn’t discuss with me. But I know very soon, they will return to Nigeria for the naming.”
On Saturday, August 24, 2013, Hon. Makinde and his beautiful wife tied the nuptial knots at the prestigious Miccom Golf Hotel and Resorts, Ada, Osun State. The event was a gathering of crème de la crème. Since then, they have both been flaunting their love even beyond Nigeria.