The burial party of Late Oba Idowu Abiodun Oniru was one that cannot be forgotten in a hurry due to all the classy details and how superlative it was which totally locked down Victoria Island last weekend. The party which ran for many days after Kabiyesi’s death ended with a fidau prayer and classy reception at Eko Hotel and Suites.
The party had many dignitaries in attendance, from politicians to businessmen, corporate individuals, especially first-class monarchs, celebrity kids and most especially society women and big babes who trooped in to celebrate with and honour the Oniru family. Amongst those that looked elegantly beautiful were Oba Oniru’s daughters, they looked beautiful in their choice of the carton colour outfit sewn into different styles, they were up and doing at the party catering for each of their guests. Even the wives of all the sons of late Oba Oniru wore the same outfit with his daughters so you need to be close to them before you can differentiate between Oba Oniru’s daughters and daughters-in-law. You need not tell that they are from a rich pedigree, their outfits, jewelries and the party they put together with their calibre of friends says it all. On the list we gathered, in no particular order is Hon Justice Aishat Opesanwo, Shola, Munirat, Mistura, Mowunmi, Aishat, Sariat, Simbi, Yemisi, Tolu, Bimbo, Funmilayo, Ronke, Simisola, Joko, Maryam and Bilikis.
Hon Justice Aishat Opesanwo is the first daughter. She is one of her father’s traditional chiefs and she carries the title Erelu of Iru land and popularly addressed as Beere being the first daughter. She was also at the forefront of her father’s celebration of life and had most of her top colleagues in the legal profession in attendance. Hon. Justice Opesanwo trained as a legal practitioner at the University, North London, United Kingdom, where she obtained LLB Honours before being called to the Nigerian Bar in 1991. She has over ten years of post-bar experience in litigation law prior to her appointment as a High Court Judge of Lagos State in 2006. She once spoke glowingly about her father when he turned 80, she described her father as an enigma.”Kabiyesi is a very firm man, a man of purpose, character so we grew up learning from the best”. Sariat Oniru is married and now bears Aladejoni, she received a Bachelor of Law degree at the prestigious London University and was called to the bar, Bwari 2000. She practiced law briefly at the law of Victor Charles Solicitors, V/I, Lagos. She later relocated to the United States to start a family when she took the New York State exams and later worked as a mortgage attorney for Abemort Mortgage Inc. in New Jersey. She relocated back to Nigeria with her family and started acting as one of the Oniru family property attorneys, drafting legal property documentation up until when she joined the school as the third Head of Administration in the summer of 2006. She took a study leave to Rutgers University in New Jersey, USA in 2012-2014 when she completed a Masters in Human Resource Management. Returning to BIS in April 2015. Kehinde Oniru got married to Ademola Adewole in 2011 in a superlative wedding.
Taiwo Oniru now Akintokun was a volunteer project Manager at Hands On Atlanta. She went to Kennesaw State University and had a Degree in Bachelor of Arts in marketing communication. She also attended Southern Polytechnic State University for MBA in Management, Operations & Technology Management, and MIS. She has worked as a Customer Relations Manager at LCC-Lekki Concession Company, Toll Marketing Manager at Lekki Concession Company and currently the Managing Director of Taiwo Oniru Akintokun, TOA Advertising Agency Ltd.
Yemisi Oniru Giwa is also doing very well, she is a businesswoman, caterer cum party/event planner.
The lovely, Funmi Oniru-Atolagbe owns Partee Avenue Events. Funmi relocated from Atlanta to work her event magic business. Munirat is also one of the pretty sisters who dazzled at the party. She got married on Saturday 16th May 2015 to Lagos socialite, Yusuf Ashafa Alejo. She runs a baby store in Lekki. Bimbo Oniru Okudero is a Quantity Surveyor at Lagos State Ministry of Waterfront and Infrastructure Development and Lagos State Universal Basic Education board. She also studied at Yaba College of Technology, Yaba Lagos. Joko Oniru Folashayo is the assistant Head of Administration, at British International School. She attended Bournemouth University where she studied taxation and revenue law.
One of the popular if not most popular of the daughters, Tolu Oniru, popularly known as Toolz, is a radio personality, talk show host, and presenter. She is best known for hosting The Midday Show on The Beat 99.9 FM. Toolz was born in London on 6 July 1982. She had her primary education at Talbot House preparatory school in Bournemouth, UK, and secondary education in Nigeria before relocating to study at the City of Westminster College. She also has a degree in Business and Mass Communication from London Metropolitan University. Prior to settling in Nigeria in 2008, she worked with MTV Europe and Walt Disney Pictures in the United Kingdom, though she was not at the party but we gathered she is presently abroad on her journey to motherhood. They all came out as one big united family and dazzled at their father’s burial party in Lagos.
TAYO FAJORIN OYEDIJI