The Case Of Oluwakemi Ayoola Somolu - Dana Crash Victim
Dana Airplane Crash in Iju-Ishaga, Lagos, which claimed over 150 lives dealt The Somolu family in Lekki area of Lagos and The authorities of a private school in Mafoluku, Laureates College and Kiddies’ Kingdom Private School a devastating blow. Ms Oluwakemi Ayoola Somolu, their only daughter and one of The most successful members of The family, died in that Crash with nine of her friends who were returning from Abuja after attending The wedding of one of their friends. She died exactly three months to her own wedding.
Being The last born in The family of three, The bride’s family, The Somolus, who reside in Lekki was looking forward to this day of joy and was planning it in a big way before The tragedy struck and Ms Oluwakemi Somolu, an alumni of Queens College, met her untimely death.
Before The tragedy, all was set for her wed lock billed for The first Saturday of September, 2012; The wedding gown had been imported alongside The costume, expenses for The bridal train had been taken care off, The hall and The catering have been paid for and plans were in top gear for The honey moon.
Though she resided overseas, Ayoola had arrived Nigeria penultimate Friday for a friend’s wedding which took place in Abuja on Saturday June 2 and was in The company of her nine other friends on that day when The unexpected happened. The 10 friends left Abuja on that fateful day and were in The Dana aircraft. Unfortunately, they all lost their lives in The air mishap.
Vanguard gathered that her 80-year old mother and proprietress of Laureates College and Kiddies’ Kingdom Private School, had wished her daughter had stayed at home on that weekend but Ayoola pleaded with her and promised to come back The following day not knowing that that would be The last meeting with her aged mother.
The aged mother told her relations that ‘my daughter arrived from overseas to attend her friend’s wedding but she is no longer alive to witness her day of joy. The Somolus have been planning The deceased’s wedding in an exclusive way but see how The whole thing has gone, it is a big blow to The family. Who will wear her wedding gown now?” she cried
A close friend to The family, Mrs Bridget Anayo, said Ayoola was The favourite child of her aged mother and was to take over The running of The school as both parents are advanced in age but this was never to be.
The school located at 3/5 Olayinka Adenubi Street, Aviation Estate, Mafoluku .
“A heroine of The Somolus has fallen, who are we to question The creator of Heaven and Earth? May God grant her eternal rest in His bosom,” said Mr. Okolie Ramond.
The Head teacher of The 26-year old school, Mrs Iwuchukwu F.E, said Ayoola’s demise was a big blow to The Somolus. “Everbody who came in contact with her usually had a story to tell. She transformed many lives and was working hard to make many people great. We have lost a benefactor, a motivator and a bread winner to many. She died at a time many needed her most, who can question God? He knows why He did this and nobody can question His authority,” she said.
And I wonder, what a sad story, as I pray for her soul, I pray that The nation will rise up to her call of duty to prevent preventable deaths in Nigeria.
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