Olori Oladunni Sijuwade’s Untold Story


For some, the month of July usually brings about beautiful memories. It reminds them of some events that can never be obliterated from their mental notes. But it may not be so for Oloori Oladunni Sijuwade, one of the beautiful wives of the late Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade Olubuse II. In her case, July has often brought with it some unpalatable experiences that she would rather grudgingly talk about.

It all started on July 26, 2011 when Oloori Sijuwade, a lawyer, lost her billionaire father, Chief Harold Sodipo. Three years after, when she was warming up to mark the third anniversary of the passing on of her loving father, death, in all its unpredictability, stealthily plucked life out of her loving mother, Madam Flora Harold Shodipo, on July 24, 2014. Though her mother died at a very ripe age and lived a fulfilled life, the London-trained lawyer was so distraught and inconsolable over the sad occurrence.

Again, death was unsparing when it fatally forced her into a mourning mood a year after. This time around, the 59-year-old stylish woman lost the love of her life, the Ooni of Ife, at 86, in a London hospital on July 28.

Indeed, you can imagine the fears in the mind of the CEO of Dalora Ventures, a graduate of Law, Economics and Politics from Buckingham University, whenever the seventh month of the year beckons.