Coming barely a week after the demise of billionaire auto mogul and socialite, Willie Anumudu, the Lagos society establishment once again woke up to the sad news of the death of another top member, Abayomi Jolaoso. The famous socialite died Wednesday in Lagos.
His untimely death was like a rude shock to many of his friends, family and business associates who thronged his Lagos residence to commiserate with his wife, Funlola.
Late Abayomi’s public and private lives intersected with the verve of humaneness and growth, for that was indeed what he meant to so many while he was alive.
There is no gainsaying Abayomi, who used to run Safequip, his Ikoyi, Lagos-based high-tech security outfit, was a fair and compassionate philanthropist. He was a man who impacted positively on everyone that came in contact with him.
But his friends and associates in the high society will feel his absence more. Only a few would have forgotten so easily Abayomi as old Lagos socialite with a moniker of ‘Jolly’. He was one of the ultimate rockers of the 1990s whose place on the social ladder was further amplified by Afro Juju maestro, Sir Shina Peters.
The star musician dedicated a whole track in one of his album to eulogize the deep pockets and social prowess of Abayomi, who was a son of Ambassador Jolaoso alongside now energy tycoon Femi Otedola; (Senator) Lanre Tejuoso; Dr. Kweku Tandor; Kola Abiola, heir of MKO Abiola Dynasty; and Segun Awolowo, the grandson of late sage, Obafemi Awolowo. These society big boys painted the town red and rocked every city they visited to the hilt back then. And they all remained buddies till date.
Abayomi stood out among his peers as he earned praises endlessly from various top artistes who find his presence always assuring that crisp notes in foreign and local currency would be sprayed extravagantly.
At a point, he went off the social radar, fuelling several insinuations. It was later learnt that he was battling some ailment. However, while many are hoping to see him back on the high society beat, the news of his demise hit the streets. And that wrapped up his role in an era!
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