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Sunday, 16 November 2014


-Few Days To Her Mum's 60th Birthday Celebration

The untimely death of Damilola Ibitayo Akinkoye (nee Talabi), which spread shock waves across Lagos, seemed to have pulled the curtain of hope. She died on Thursday, November 6, at St. Nicholas Hospital, Lagos Island. Damilola was the daughter of Gladys Talabi, the Executive Director, Legal Services, Globacom and a prominent society lady. She was married to Modupe Akinkoye, a lawyer with the Economic and

Pix:Damilola and hubby, Modupe Akinkoye

Financial Crime Commission, EFCC. Their two year old union was blessed with a daughter, Mofeoluwa. Until her death, Damilola, a graduate of Medicine from the University of Lagos, was a medical practitioner.

The ELITES learnt that Damilola had suffered a severe brain hemorrhage and had been rushed to St. Nicholas Hospital, the highbrow hospital owned by Chief Moses Majekodunmi, the late eminent physician and administrator. Prior to when she suffered the brain hemorrhage, Damilola was reported to be in the best state of health. Sources disclosed that she was neck-deep involved in the preparation of her mother's

Pix: Damilola's mother, 

Gladys Talabi forthcoming 60th birthday ceremony. She had even organised an elaborate photo shoot for the family at Photo Nimi Studio few hours before she suddenly fell ill.

Sources disclosed to The ELITES that Damilola slipped into Coma after she was admitted at the hospital. She never recovered from the Coma till she breathed her last. Her husband, Modupe, who was with her when she died, was reported to have been enveloped with such palpable shock that he went straight home, switched off his phones and shut himself inside his room. It took quite a supreme efforts, on the part of his family members and friends before he could be taken back to the hospital to sign his wife’s death certificate.

Damilola was buried on Friday, November 14, at the Ikoyi Vaults and Garden, Ikoyi. Her burial ceremony recorded a heavy attendance of family, friends and well-wishers, who came to celebrate the life, not the death of the amiable lady. The ceremony kicked off on Wednesday, November 12, with a Candle Light Service, held at her residence, George Terrace Street, French Colony Estate, Agungi, Lekki. On Thursday, November 13, the Service of Songs took place at Arch Bishop Vinning Memorial Cathedral Hall, GRA, Ikeja. The Funeral Service was also held at Arch Bishop Vinning. During the service, a deep sense of sorrow and loss pervaded the hall. Although, there was no crying and wailing, gloom, like an overlord, held sway. And save for the sonorous sound string and emotional songs, there was pin-drop silence.

During her short sojourn on earth, Damilola was known to be a very vivacious lady. Those who knew her would attest to knowing a lady who had a zest for life and for living. She was always full of life and she had a smile for anyone who came across her.

Damilola and Modupe

Her untimely death notwithstanding, her family and friends are consoled by the knowledge that Damilola lived and led a most remarkable life, during her short and eventful sojourn on earth.
May her soul rest in peace.

Posted by Abeke Olabode

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