Late Ooni Sijuade’s CPS, Funmilola Olorunnisola, dies at 66

By Akeeb Alarape, Osogbo
Immediate past Chief Press Secretary in the palace of the Ooni of Ife, High Chief Funmilola Olorunnisola, 66, has passed on after a brief illness.
The Director, Media & Public Affairs in Ooni’s Palace, Mr Moses Olafare disclosed this in a statement he released to newsmen on Tuesday in Ile-Ife, Osun State.
According to Olafare, the veteran journalist served under the late Ooni Okunade Sijuwade (Olubuse II) for 30 years,: 1985 to 2015.
It said that the late Olorunnisola died at about 5a.m. on Tuesday in his Ile-Ife residence shortly after complaining of a chest pain.
The deceased who was the traditional prime minister and Obarisa of Odogbo Ijesa, was a seasoned journalist, a media practitioner and PR manager with a recorded professional excellence, it said.
Olafare in the statement said late Olorunnisola until his death, “remained a very influential personality in the inner recess of Ife Royal Court, as a close aide to Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II”.
According to the statement, Ooni Ogunwusi described him as a great personality, a rare gem, a disciplined gentleman and a core loyalist who dedicated himself to the service of Oonirisa with absolute humility and deep passion.
“Too bad, his death is, indeed, an untimely death. We will greatly miss him. He was appointed 31 years ago by my predecessor, Ooni Okunade Sijuwade Olubuse( II). I subsequently upon my enthronement found him very resourceful and I retained him as a special tourism adviser.
“Though, he retired after 30years of meritorious service to this palace but, obviously, not tired.
“He was a very disciplined gentleman, very loyal to the throne, very humble and always ready to carry out assignments given to him without any hesitation.

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