- A 98-year-old woman, Madam Esther died in Nigeria's Ogun state hours after learning of her husband's demise
- Madam Esther's children say it was not surprising judging from the level of love they shared while alive
- Their 70-year-old son gives details of how they lived their lives and shared love
It comes like a fairytale but it is not. A Nigerian couple who had lived together for 72 years did not allow death to separate them. This happened in Ogun state, the southwestern part of the country.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Mama Esther, 98, died in Abeokuta, few hours after learning of the demise of her husband, Pa Israel Akojede, who was 103 years old.
The report said the incident happened at the Gbonagun Obantoko area of Abeokuta.
It added that Pa Akojede reported dead around 3am on Friday, October 30, while his beloved wife died a few hours later having got the news of her husband’s death.
It was learnt that the incident was confirmed by Joseph Akojede, the first son of the family aged 70.
Joseph said though the incident remained a mystery to the family, it was expected because of the fondness between them. He explained:
“Their death is shocking but also expected. What we are thinking is maybe there would have been a short interval because they both loved themselves dearly.
“I have watched them since I was young and I know they are inseparable, they wear same colour of clothes, have the same belief and always consulted each other for advice.
“You can hardly hear them grumbling against each other as mama will say whatever her husband did was final, she won’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 few minutes later she gave up the ghost."
Speaking further, the first grandson of the family, Olanrewaju Akojede, who works with NAN, said the demise of the couple was a true version of the popular film, “Romeo and Juliet’’.
“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,’’ he said.
The bereaved family members said they would announce their burial ceremony in due course.
The man and his wife are survived by children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Legit.ng earlier reported how 94-year-old man, Herbert Delaigle and his 88-year-old wife, Frances, reportedly passed away on the same day.
The couple, who have been married for 71 years, was said to have died hours apart. Herbert and Frances passed away on Friday, July 12. Herbert had died in the morning, and his wife died just 12 hours after.
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