Couple married for 72 years died on the same day in Ogun State
A married couple in Abeokuta, Israel Akojede and his wife, Mama Esther died few hours apart having lived together for 72 years.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Mr. Akojede was reported dead around 3:00 a.m. on Friday, October 30 while his wife died few hours later, having got the shocking news of her husband’s death.
The couple, Mr Ajokade and Mama Esther who resides in Gbonagun Obantoko area of Abeokuta were aged 103 and 98 years respectively.
The first son of the family, Joseph Ajokade, aged 70, confirmed the deaths saying though the incident remained a mystery to the family, it was expected because of the fondness between them.
“Their death is shocking, but also expected. What we are thinking is maybe there would have been a short interval because they both loved one another dearly,” Joseph said.
“I have watched them since I was young and I know they are inseparable; they wore the same colour of clothes, had the same belief, and always consulted each other for advice.
“You could hardly hear them grumbling against each other as mama would say whatever her husband did was final. She wouldn’t give a second opinion even if she had any.
“Such was the love they shared. Papa died very early in the morning and as we were being careful about breaking the news to his wife, she already knew and a few minutes later, she gave up the ghost.”
The first grandson of the family, Olanrewaju Akojede described the death of his grandparents as the true version of the popular film, Romeo and Juliet.
Olanrewaju said; “I have watched them play Romeo and Juliet whenever I have the opportunity to be with them. It’s so surprising to me that they even shared the same mobile telephone.
“Whenever I call, it’s either Mama or Papa that answers the call; it depends on who the phone was with it when I called. They are so great parents who had lived a pleasant and worthy life that is worth emulating. May their souls rest in peace.”