The Lagos Times gathered Fresh tragedy has befallen Nigeria’s new ambassador to Hungary, Eniola Ajayi. Bereavement has knocked her over like an unwelcome storm, scattering debris of destruction where a house of joy once stood. She lost her daughter at her father’s burial.
It was supposed to be the culmination of her father’s burial rites at Iyin-Ekiti, the day she finally casts off the ill-fitting robes of mourning for good. Alas, the grim reaper chose that moment to strike once more, turning what was a celebration of deserved repose into a solemn chorus of wailing for a life lost in the prime of youth.
The crème of high society had on Friday trooped to Ekiti for the high octane burial shindig of Pa Oluwatoyin Owolabi Ajayi who passed away on January 21. All was going well at the high-class church ceremony which had minister of power and steel and Eniola’s mentor, Dr Kayode Fayemi in attendance.
That is, until the daughter of the former commissioner for education and environment in Ekiti state who had come down from America for the burial started to complain of headache. All efforts to relieve her on the spot proved abortive and she had to be rushed to a private hospital where she sadly gave up the ghost.
As news of her demise filtered in, The Lagos Times gathered that all festivities at the burial ceremony came to a complete stop. The uplifting music being dished out from the bandstand by gospel act Yinka Ayefele was replaced with serious wailing and lamentations from the shocked guests.
The ambassador who also doubles as Nigeria’s representative to Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia is reported to have been badly shaken by the turn of events. She is still coming to terms with the painful loss, even as the body of her late daughter has been deposited at a morgue.
Meanwhile, most of the guests that graced the truncated burial ceremony are still trying to make head or tail of a strange day that began with congratulations and ended with commiseration