Fair skinned thespian, Omoniyi Adewale, popularly known as Lepa Shandy lost her 80 year old father, Rtd Army Captain Folorunsho Abdul Ganiyu, early this year. She gave him a befitting burial on Saturday, April 22, 2017.
ENCOMIUM Weekly spoke with the beautiful role interpreter on the life and times of her dad…
Accept our condolence on the transition of your father?
How exactly did it happen?
It happened on February 26, 2017. Being a Muslim, he was buried the same day. We took him to Oshogbo his home town to bury him.
Was he sick?
I can’t call that sickness really. My brother sent me a text that he was complaining of stomach ache , I even thought it was as a result of the carrot he ate. At about 1pm the same day, my husband called from the UK and insisted we took him to the hospital. My husband said he was not satisfied with the way my dad was talking.
My dad even insisted that he was fine, it was just stomach ache, he said he had his nurse with him. Much later, I called his wife and she said they were already in the hospital. My dad couldn’t talk to me so, I guessed something was really wrong. I called my brothers, called some of my doctor friends and we were advised to take him to LUTH. He died at LUTH.
How would you describe him?
He was a strong man. He was my everything. He solely trained me. He was a very nice man, a disciplinarian. He loved his children. If I decide to write a book about him, I would have so much to write. My husband had to come down to Nigeria because of him. My husband was closer to him than his children.
He single handedly nurtured me to who I am today.
How old was he?
He was 80.
What about your mother?
She passed on in 2011.
What would you miss about him?
His advise, he was my adviser. Whenever I am lost, he would counsel me on the right step to take. He was my number one fan. He listened to radio lot. If he did not hear anything about me, he would call to find out about my career .
My daughter has not gotten over his death, she can’t stay all alone.
Tell us a bit about him?
He was the olori ebi of his family. He had a small wife that was taking care of him and she was very wonderful. He was also a politician. He was a ward chairman under APC. He was blessed with six children, I am the second born.
- SHADE WESLEY-METIBOGUN