Friends Celebrate As Joe Odumakin Announces Birth Of Twin, Months After Husband, Yinka’s Death

Dr. Joe Odumakin and late husband, Yinka

By Kemi Yesufu

Her Facebook announcement on Sunday evening was probably the biggest story for the day.

Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin, widow of the late spokesperson of Afenifere, Yinka Odumakin, announced that she a set of twins – a boy and a girl at a UShospital on Wednesday, October 27, 2021.

Joe in a personally signed statement said she and her babies are in “excellent health condition”.

“The “miracle” birth fulfilled the wishes of the late Odumakin towards the end of his sojourn on earth to have another baby to be named after him”, she said in the statement.

The widow explained that she and her late husband, got married in 1997, had their first baby girl in 2000 and the second, a boy, in 2003. While the girl was named after Joe, the boy was named Abraham after the late Afenifere leader, Pa Abraham Adesanya.

“The twins are coming 18 years after the last childbirth .After he survived a three-day coma in 2020 and a few months before he succumbed to the illness that eventually but unexpectedly claimed his life, YO, as he is fondly called, developed a strong desire for him and his wife to have another baby.

“Thank God Joe did not dither or procrastinate as she took in just about the time YO took ill and never recovered. It was good news that Joe conceived but YO never got to hear the news of his wishes coming to pass as he did not make it out of the ventilator”, the statement read.

According to Joe, her late husband prophetically left words concerning what the baby or babies should be called if his wishes materialised. “YO was so accurate in his predictions that they could be twins (and their sex) that he gave the names of the babies and told his wife how he would raise them. While many may interpret this to mean that YO had premonition about his death, it was only a strong desire expressed by him to have babies that he would dot over and who would possibly step into his “aluta” shoes. It’s a dream come true”, the statement further read.

Many of Joe’s followers rejoiced with her with one Solo Akpan, commenting, “Congratulations ma! God bless those beautiful kids. Amen”. Another Facebook friend of the new mother, Femi Simone Abulude, stated, “Congratulations Joe, Iya ibeji, God that has been upholding you and the children this while will never forsake you”.


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