The widow of Dr. Ayotunde Emmanuel Alao, Mrs. Alao Busayo Oluwabukola, has recounted the last moments she shared with her husband.
In an exclusive interview with News Hub Mag!, Mrs Alao disclosed that her husband spent his last days being his normal self as he had no premonition that death was already lurking in the corner.
“You know he was not sick so there was no premonition at all. He spent his last days being his normal self, making everyone around him happy. I would say he didn’t know he was going to die because we had discussions, we had plans and were working on those plans. We were in those plans together.
“I remember that a day before he died, he came around to help me and my crew as usual but this time it was exceptional. On Friday I came home to pick some things and left again and during the program he just called to know where the program was taking place and that’s how he came to assist us. Being the type of person he was, he has been doing that before actually, he was going around supervising those serving and taking pictures of me and my team. He stayed till around 11pm and when we got back to where we were cooking, he was like these plates are too many.
“He then called for sponge and soap to wash them, my girls tried resisting him but he couldn’t hear of it, he told them that when he was in America, he washed plates for survival that it is no big deal and he washed over 700 plates with the girls. Before he left, he made sure no plates were left dirty that night. He then asked me to hug him and left, that was the last time I saw him alive.
“He called me in the morning concerning the journey and we chatted. I think we chatted till around 1:30 something and I understand that the accident happened around 2pm,” she said.
Speaking further, the trained administrator and entrepreneur stated that her one decade of marriage with the late Dr. Ayotunde Emmanuel Alao was filled with many opportunities, dreams and love.
She said, “Our courtship was like two years but even within that space of time I was opportune to meet with some of his friends. I was a reserved person at that moment. My hubby was an extrovert while I was like an introvert but I would say he was quiet and shy, he only talks, when necessary,”
Mrs. Alao who is also a caterer stated further that the support from family, friends, colleagues, fans and students of the late scholar cum artist has been overwhelming.
On what she would remember her husband for, the PhD student of Educational Management said their marriage was characterized by love and mutual respect and understanding. She stated that she would miss his love and respect and his relationship with the children.
In her words, “We were not together for long, just 10years of marriage isn’t enough with someone like my husband. Our parents were together for 40years plus. But for those 10 years he was a nice person and straight forward. He is a human being; he gets angry normally, we have arguments and disagreements but we were good together. He does everything for us whenever he is around, his absence will be sorely missed even the children will miss him so much.”