My husband recovered from COVID-19 a week ago, a part of me is gone — Joe Okei-Odumakin

Yinka Odumakin
Yinka Odumakin and his wife, Joe Okei Odumakin

A human rights crusader, Dr Joe Okei-Odumakin, widow of Yinka Odumakin, the national publicity secretary of Afenifere, said her husband recovered from COVID-19 a week ago before his death.

The death of Odumakin, also a human rights activist, was announced Saturday morning.

As confirmed by his mournful widow, in a statement she personally signed entitled: “A Part Of Me Is Gone!” said her husband died of COVID-19 complications at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH).

Disclosing the nature of his death in a statement on Saturday, the widow said her husband died on Saturday, at the intensive care unit of LASUTH where he was being treated for respiratory issues due to COVID-19 complications.

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Okei-Odumakin, who expressed her appreciation over “the sympathy received by the family since the news broke out,” said that the burial arrangement will be announced soon.

Okei-Odumakin’s statement read:


“With gratitude to the Supreme Being for a life well spent, Iannounce the passing on of my beloved husband, Comrade Yinka Odumakin to the great beyond after a brief illness.

“The sad event happened this morning (Saturday, 3/4/2021) at the intensive care unit of LASUTH where he was being managed for respiratory issues due to complications from COVID-19 which he had recovered from about a week ago.

“I appreciate the outpouring of grief and sympathy from home and abroad as I mourn my irreplaceable soulmate. I urge us all to remain steadfast in the cause of the masses to which he dedicated his life.

“Burial arrangement will be made public in due course.”

Signed: Dr Joe Okei Odumakin