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‘Romeo and Juliet’ married for 72 years die same day in Abeokuta

A couple Israel Akojede and Mama Esther Akojede on Friday, October 30 died few hours apart at Gbonagun located in Obantoko area of Abeokuta, Ogun State Capital, having lived together for 72 years

Penpushing reports that the husband who was aged 103 was reported dead around 3 a.m, while his beloved wife also 80 years old equally passed on, a few hours later, following the news of demise of her hubby which got to her.

The first son of the family Joseph Akojede, while confirming the deaths of his parents said it was mystery to the family but explained that it was expected because of the fondness between the duo.

“Their death is shocking but also expected. What we are thinking is maybe there would have been a short interval because they both loved themselves dearly. I have watched them since I was young and I know they are inseparable, they wear same colour of clothes, have the same belief and always consulted each other for advice’, he said.

“You can hardly hear them grumbling against each other as mama will say whatever her husband did was final, she won’t give a second opinion even if she had any. Such was the love they shared. Papa died very early in the morning and as we were being careful about breaking the news to his wife, she already knew and few minutes later she gave up the ghost,’’ the son said.

Penpushing further reports that, Olanrewaju Akojede , the first grandson of the deceased of  while speaking said the demise of the his grandparents was a true version of the popular film, “Romeo and Juliet’’.

“I have watched them play Romeo and Juliet whenever I have the opportunity to be with them. It’s so surprising to me that they even shared the same mobile telephone.Whenever I call, it’s either Mama or Papa that answers the call; it depends on who the phone was with it when I called. They are so great parents who had lived a pleasant and worthy life that is worth emulating. May their souls rest in peace,’’ he said.

Penpushing also reports that, the family said after meeting, the couple arrangements would be made public, adding that they are survived by children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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