Stella Okosun, younger sister to late, legendary Nigerian musician, Sonny Okosun, on Saturday announced the death of her father, Pa Duke Akhere Okosun.
Stella, a certified nurse and the brain behind the United States Mission Health International Foundation made this known in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.
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NAN reports that late Pa Okosun died in October 2021 at 110 years.
The late Pa Okosun was the Odionwele, second in command to the king of Irrua in Edo.
She described her father as a disciplinarian and loving man who was loved by both the young and old.
Stella explained her father’s death, saying, “as the Odionwele, the second in command to the king of Irrua in Edo with about 20 villages under his care, traditional rites demand that announcement of his passing be delayed for three months.”
“When he died, we couldn’t announce it right away because traditional rites require us to wait three months,” she explained.
“He was a fulfilled man who was so dedicated to serving the people of his community that it was impossible to tell who was his biological child and who was not.”
“He had nine children, and except for my brother Sonny, who died in my arms in the United States in May 2008, the remaining eight are all alive and well.”
She claimed that the late Odionwele never wanted his son, Sonny, to be a singer, especially because he was the family’s firstborn.
“My father never wanted my brother to be a musician since educated parents expected their children to be attorneys, doctors, or engineers in those days.”
“When my brother Sonny declared that he wanted to be a musician, my father objected.
“Musicians were looked down upon back then, especially when he was the family’s first son.”
My grandma was the one who encouraged him and told my father to leave Sonny alone.
“She raised my brother and advised my parents to let Sonny be anything he wants to be,” she says.
Following that, Stella urged the Nigerian government to prioritize health issues.