Obit: Oyinade Asuni-Akran passes on! – Tola Adenle

June 7, 2013


The death has been announced of Oyinade Asuni-Akran on Saturday, June 1, 2013. Ms. Asuni-Akran passed away suddenly on Saturday at her Upstate Albany, New York  home a day after her 61st birthday.

Born on May 31, 1952 to the family of one of Nigeria’s earliest industrialists, Chief T.A. Oni of Oni & Sons, Oyinade had all her early education in Nigeria before travelling to the United States of America with her spouse, Engineer Remi Asuni.  She would later live and study in Italy, a period that left Oyinade not just a speaker of Italian but a love of the country of high designs and style; those two words also fitted Oyinade to a T.

Oyinade was very laid back and took pleasure in the little things of life.  She was one of those rare friends that kept you in mind, and no matter how long we last saw, we could pick up conversations of years as if we never parted.  To annoy Oyinade was an impossibility, or worse, have anything against her would require a truly unkind person because she was a rare gem whose words about anybody always were always generous.

She wrote for Emotan Magazine in the Late 70s and Early 80s from Italy while pursuing graduate education.

The last time we spoke was about two months ago when I called from Nigeria.  She will be greatly missed.

Oyinade is survived by Ore Asuni, a top official of the Lagos branch of an international hotel chain.  There are also many sisters, brothers and many relations of the Oni & Sons’ extensive and closely-knit family from Oke-Mesi  in Ekiti State who are all over the world.

Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and may light perpetual shine upon her; may she rest in peace.

FRIDAY, JUNE 7, 2013.  2:24:00 a.m. [GMT]

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