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THREE years after the death of Afenifere leader, Pa Abraham Adesanya, his wife and matriarch of the family, Mrs. Rosanna Arinola Adesanya, has also gone to be with her Creator.  The 86 year-old was reported to have passed on, on Friday, March 4, 2011, from complications arising from a fractured leg.

Chief (Mrs.) Modupe Adelaja, one of the children of the late woman gave account of her mother’s last hours.  She described her mother’s death as a painful loss.  Mrs. Rosanna Adesanya was said to have slipped in her bedroom and fell on Monday, February 14, 2011. The fall gave rise to a fractured leg which was attended to by the family doctor.  The development later gave rise to detection of high blood pressure and high sugar level. 

Frantic efforts were being made to save her life. Details of her burial have not been released by the family, prominent Nigerians have been thronging the family house in Apapa, Lagos to express their condolences. One of such individuals was Lagos state Governor, Babatunde Raji Fashola and Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) presidential candidate, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu.

The late Mrs. Adesanya was from Ijebu Ode, Ogun State. She met her soul mate, late Abraham Adesanya, when they were students at Ijebu Ode Grammar School, though they were mere acquaintances then. Their love became pronounced after they had left Ijebu Ode Grammar School. They met years later in Lagos and decided to be husband and wife.  Their union is blessed with four children, the eldest being Adebayo Adesanya, a one-time supervisory councillor in Apapa Local Government. The only female among them is Chief (Mrs.) Modupe Adelaja, former Director-General Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) and wife of Rosabel head honcho, Chief Tunde Adelaja. She was also a one time minister.

It would be recalled that Pa Abraham Adesanya, National Democratic Coalition (NADECO), leader died on Sunday, April 27, 2008, after many months of being incommunicado.  Family tied his death to old age at 85.  His burial, on Friday, May 23, 2008, at his homestead in Ijebu Igbo, was carnival-like as prominent Nigerians queued to pay tribute to the fallen hero and one of the greatest Nigerians that dared late General Sanni Abacha.

  • This story was first published in ENCOMIUM Weekly on Tuesday, March 8, 2011

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