The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi’s maternal grandmother, Madam Comfort Olasoji (Soji-Opa) has died at the age of 103. Her death was announced by the entire House of Arole Oduduwa.
Ooni of Ife’s Spokesman, Moses Olafare, announced the demise in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Ile-Ife.
According to him, the deceased was born in 1907 to Chief and Mrs Aina Akinyemi of the Ajigbayin Compound of Ile-Ife.
“Mama Agba’, as fondly called, gave up the ghost at her residence in Ile-Ife last night Saturday 7th, 2020 at the ripe age of 103 years.
“The industrious old woman during her lifetime was a prominent trader who majored in food stuffs at Oja Itaakogun, Oja Titun and other markets in Ile-Ife and environs during her active days.
“Her uprightness and goodness as a genuine family woman and disciplined Christian earned her the enviable position of Iyaale-Opa (Matriarch of Opa’s Compound) and Alatunse of Ethiopian Church, Ile-Ife through which she meritoriously served her creator and humanity.
“Mama would be greatly missed by all, especially her immediate family, relatives, members of Opa’ Compound (Ile Opa) members of the church, the market women all of whom she devoted her whole lifetime to in service till she took her last breath last night” he said.
Olafare said that she was survived by many children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, including the late Ooni Ogunwusi.
The late Ooni of Ife’s grandmother is scheduled to be buried on Saturday, 13th June, 2020 at her residence in Ile-Ife
Meanwhile, Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, on Wednesday said that a traditional cure for the COVID-19 had reached an advanced stage and would be made public soon.
Ogunwusi disclosed this while speaking with journalists in Abeokuta shortly after he presented two motorised modular fumigators to the Ogun government.
He said that the donation of the mechanical fumigators was his contribution to the state government’s efforts at combating the virus.
The traditional ruler said that he had gone far in working with traditional medicine practitioners in the country to ensure a cure for the ravaging COVID-19.
According to him, though scientific solutions are being sought globally, traditional medicine must also be considered and embraced as a way to tackle the pandemic.
The monarch urged the Federal Government to emulate Madagascar in its quest at using local herbs in combating COVID-19, adding that such medicines have potency to heal victims.
“We are going to profer the local cure for coronavirus very soon; I have gone very far in advanced stage with the traditional medicine practitioners in Nigeria.
“Before this pandemic came out, I had actually announced to the entire world what we inherited from our ancestors.
“We came out very clear about the cure; the immune booster and the solution to a large extent is presented to us and we did what we are supposed to do, but the people probably didn’t hear us.
“I am very happy that the same thing that we are talking about in Nigeria, Madagascar has taken it upon themselves and even the U.S government, they have even reached out to them for funding,” he said.