Monday, 4 May 2020

Popular Lagos Socialite is Dead!

A Jolly Good Fellow: Four Years After Father’s Death, Prominent Socialite, Abayomi Jolaoso, Dies

His Battle With Stroke

The Super Big Boys Who Will Miss Him

One of Nigeria’s most prominent socialites and businessmen, Abayomi Chukwunweike Jolaoso, is dead. Fondly called Jolly (A Jolly Good Fellow), by his friends and admirers alike, Jolaoso died yesterday, Wednesday, April 29, 2020.

He was in his late 50’s.

Since the tragic news broke out, the entire Nigerian social circuit has been enveloped in palpable sorrow. More devastating is the fact that Jolly left behind an aged mother, Sisi Marcie.

It will be recalled that Jolly’s father, Ambassador Olujimi Jolaoso OFR, died in September 2016, at the age of 91. During his lifetime, he served in various capacities as a young officer at home and abroad including being Chief of Protocol of the Federation. He was the Ambassador to the then Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ambassador to Western Germany, to Tubman’s Liberia, and finally to the United States. In all these countries, he served with elegant dignity.

Jolly with his adorable wife, Funlola

Ambassador Jolaoso was also the Babatolu of Egbaland and the Maiyegun of Orile Ilugun, Ogun State.

Findings made by The ELITES revealed that Jolaoso died after suffering a massive heart attack. His battle with the ailment had spanned over ten years. This resulted in him going off the social radar for many years as well.

A very successful businessman, with vested interest in law, security and real estate, Jolly was the founder and chairman of Safequip Nigeria Limited, which is located in Ikoyi, Lagos Island, Lagos. The company is mainly into fire safety, health and safety, building materials, emergency rescue, information technology and offering CCTV and surveillance systems, comprehensive tracking and security systems, security consultancy.

Jolly is survived by an aged mother, a brother, Bankole, his adorable wife, Funlola (née Showemimo) and three children.

Jolly was the toast of prominent musicians such as King Sunny Ade (who usually rendered a special number for him) and Sir Shina Peters. Notable among some of his close friends and associates were; Kweku Adedayo Tando, Senator Lanre Tejuoso, Jojo Dawudu, Diji Vera-Cruz, Oz Giwa-Amu, Koye Rhodes, Akinyinka Akinnola, Dipo Sadipe, Segun Sebanjo, Yinka Demi-Ajayi, Adewunmi Ogunsanya, Jide Coker, Kola Abiola, Femi Otedola, Segun Awolowo, Rotimi George-Tailor, Ladi Atunrase, Maduka Nkuku, Dola Bamgboye, Kola James, Teni Zaccheaus, Soji Adebowale, Jide Onalaja, Asue Ighodalo, Wole Sowole, Demola Seriki, Wale Abudu, Tokunbo Abudu, Sola Adebayo, Debo Ajayi, Sola Braithwaite, and many others.

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