Five years after she tragically lost her husband, life, for Ibukun Osifo, has remained a clouded landscape. Ibukun’s husband, Osaze, was until his death in 2012, the managing director of FBN Capital, a subsidiary of First Bank of Nigeria PLC. Regarded as a brilliant financial adviser with a robust banking career, Osaze died in his sleep at the Transcorp Hotel, Abuja, while on official assignment.

He was just 45. Ibukun was 44 then. Understandably, there is no longer poetry in her soul. A part of her left with Osaze.

Their two children, Adesuwa and Ehioze, are now her only source of joy, her constant companion during dark, lonely nights. Ibukun has shut her heart to any external intrusion. Now 49, Ibukun’s youthful beauty is still a pull for men and a muse for their poetic inclinations. But getting her to sit to listen to sugar-coated, knee-weakening rhapsodies from eager men has been as hard as convincing her to go out on a date. For her, the only things deserving of her attention are her business, her husband’s foundation and her kids.