The immediate past Press Secretary in the palace of the Ooni of Ife, High Chief Funmilola Olorunnisola is dead. He died at his residence in Ile Ife at about 5am shortly after complaining of chest pain.
High Chief Olorunnisola, a veteran journalist, served under late Ooni Okunade Sijuwade(Olubuse II) for 30year between 1985 and 2015 when the late Ooni joined his ancestors.
High Chief Olorunnisola was the traditional prime minister and Obarisa of Odogo ijesa.
Olorunnisola until his death remained very influential personality in the inner recess of Ife Royal Court as a close aide to His Imperial Majesty, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II who held him in high esteem and continued to find him majorly relevant in the affairs of the palace because of his wealth of experience in advisory capacity.
Surprised by the the death news, Ooni Ogunwusi who described him as a great personality, rare gem, disciplined gentleman and a core loyalist who dedicated himself to the service of Oonirisa with absolute humility and deep passion.
A statement issued by Comrade Moses Olafare, Director, Media & Public Affairs, Ooni’s Palace, quoted Ooni Ogunwusi as saying: “Too bad, it’s 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 retired after 30years of meritorious service to the this palace but obviously not 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. May his gentle soul rest in peace and may the Almighty Olodumare continue to be with the family he left behind”
Born in 1950 to the family of Chief Samuel Onifade Olorunnisola of Idogo, Ijebu-Jesa had spent 11years at the Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo State(BCOS) Ibadan where he rose to the position of Controller of News before appointed in 1983 as the Chief Press Secretary to the then Governor of Kwara state, Chief C.O.Adebayo. He became the Press Secretary to late Ooni Okunade Sijuwade Olubuse II in 1985 and served for a period 30years during which he was also appointed by the former Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola of the State of Osun as Chairman of the state’s Culture and Tourism Board the position he held for 8 years.
Succeeded by Yera Moses Olafare in December 2015, the “BABA PRESS” as fondly called was re-appointed by the newly crowned Ooni Ogunwusi as his honourary Special Adviser on Tourism, the capacity in which he functioned productively until his death this morning at the age of 66 survived by two wives Folasade and Oluwatoyin with six children Tomilola, Sunmisola, Gbemisola, Kayinsola, Kunmilola and Pemilola.
His body has since been deposited at the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital(OAUTH) Ile-Ife while burial activities will be decided later.