The whole of John Street at Idumota and `Eyin Eyo` area at the popular Lagos Island market was thrown into mourning on Tuesday 14th February as a top fabric merchant, Titi Hypertension, died in mysterious circumstances. Her death took many by surprise because she died after a brief illness.
The Lagos society woman was not just popular on Lagos social scene, but she was a daughter of one of the popular stars of Lagos society fondly called Bisi Hypertension. Her mother, who is in her early 70s is one of the few society women, who enjoy massive praise from the Late Sikiru Ayinde Barrister in the early 90’s. She has a special anthem that goes: “Bisi Hypenten-Hypenten-Hypertension”. She was also praised by King Wasiu Ayinde Marshal in the late 90’s. Bisi Hypertension is also very popular on John Street at Idumota as she runs one of the big textile shop located a few metres from her daughters shop.
Though “death” an axiom says, “is inevitable’ and it may come calling anytime, but Titi Hypertension’s death was a painful one not just because she had an aged mother, but because she had waited on the Lord for the fruit of the womb for more than 30 years before her prayer were answered. She later became pregnant in the late 2015 and gave birth to twins, a boy and a girl.
When City People heard about her death, that on the spot assessment on 15 February at Idumota where her shop is located revealed all fabric shops in the vicinity were locked. Even some of her mother friends’ shops were all locked too to give her a last respect. One cloth merchant, who doesn’t want his name mentioned, said her death was shocking. “Her Death is a shock to many of us as she was not showing any sign of sickness. She was young and had gone through various ups and downs in her marriage. She waited on the Lord for many years and gave birth to twins.”
On why they closed shops, he explained that it was a tradition of the traders to observe a day of mourning for the demise of any member. “The information about her death didn`t reach us until late Tuesday night and that is why we decided to honour her today, Wednesday 15th of February. It is still a misery to us as she was only sick for 3days before she died”, he said.
Mrs Titi Amode, who was 52years old, died at St Nicholas Hospital and she is survived by aged mother, husband and a set of twin.