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Madam Oshodi for burial Sept 14

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A leading Lagos philanthropist, Mrs. Olufunmilayo Oshodi, who died on July 18, will be buried on September 14.

Oshodi, who is the mother of Mr. Tunde Oshodi (an engineer) one-time permanent secretary in Lagos State Ministry of Environment, died at the General Hospital in Ajeromi-Ifelodun Local Government Area at the age of 83.

Oshodi was a leading philanthropist and community leader in Ajeromi Ifelodun Local Government Area. Until her death, she wielded great influence in both Ajegunle and Badagry in the social and religious circles.

She was supervisory councillor for health between 1976 and 1979 in the old Badagry Local Government Area. Before her voyage into politics, she worked as the head of the lone maternity centre in Ajeromi Ifelodun Local Government Area.

Her love for humanity informed the establishment of Olufunmilayo Maternity Centre which rendered maternity services to residents of Ajegunle at very low cost. The maternity centre, which was established in 1975, was noted for helping the less privileged in the Ajegunle community.

 

She also played great roles in the education of young people in the Badagry and Ajegunle areas of Lagos State, giving scholarship to the less privileged children and supporting brilliant students to further their education. Her impact in the education sector informed the naming of Oshodi Secondary School after her by the government of Lateef Jakande in 1983.

In a statement, Tunde said her remains would be interred at the Trinity Cemetery Olodi-Apapa after a church service at the Christ the King Anglican Church, Ajegunle, Apapa on September 14. A series of activities have been lined up by several organisations to honour her before the final burial rites.

Oshodi is survived by four children – Tunde, Mrs. Toyin Bamgbose (who retired as a nurse at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH)), Dr. Bisi Fanimo (one time lecturer at the Lagos State University now living in the UK) and Dr. Tope Oshodi (a consultant pathologist at LUTH).

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