Princess Jolade Osho: A Happy Life At The End



By Bamidele Ademola-Olateju

She was 105 years old. Life had happened to her. But it is the end that matters they say and I believe it. I was told she woke up yesterday all well and radiant. She drank pap for breakfast, told stories and had pounded yam for lunch. A few minutes past 2pm, she fed her two chickens. As she walked in and sat down around 2:30pm, she took a deep breath and passed. Just like that!

Mama Osho lost all her children and was living in grinding poverty until Erelú Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi, adopted her, rented her an apartment, furnished it and put her on her payroll.

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Mama died happy after going through years of anguish, pain and abandonment. She once said, "I had no idea my children would return". She found a child in my friend. This iconic picture showed the profound bond between them. As the day breaks, Erelú will be in Ikere-Ekiti to begin the traditional àkàrà (bean cake) frying in celebration of her life. A woman who taught she would die unsung will now have a befitting burial. What an end. May mama's soul rest in peace. Indeed, it is the end that matters. Ọba jẹ́ kí alẹ́ san wá.

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