Barely five months after celebrating their 60th birthday, billionaire businessman, Dr. Taiwo Afolabi has lost his twin brother, Kehinde.
Afolabi, a lawyer, is the Executive Vice Chairman of SIFAX Group, a conglomerate that deals in maritime, aviation, Haulage, hospitality, financial services and oil and gas. He is also the owner of Marriot Hotel, Ikeja Lagos.
It was gathered that Kehinde who was popularly known as Watari, died in his sleep in the wee hours of Saturday, September 18 in Lagos. The news of his death was broken to family members just as they were preparing for the introduction ceremony of Afolabi’s daughter which was holding at the Sifax boss’ Ikoyi home.
Predictably, the hitherto gay atmosphere assumed a sorrowful mood when the news broke out and the intimate ceremony losts it glow.
Kehinde made his last major outing when he and his twin brother hosted a thanksgiving service to mark their 60th birthday. The brothers also dedicated a church they built, the Samson Afolabi Church in Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State during the ceremony.
Kehinde Afolabi was a businessman with investments in the hospitality industry. He was the chairman of Ken Dallas Hotel and Suites, located in the Idimu area of Lagos. It is a 3-star hotel with lodging facilities, a bar and a club.
The deceased had his primary education at Ansar-Ud-Deen Primary School, Yernoja, Ondo and also attended Mushin College, Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State. He was a recipient of many awards and a member of Lions Club International and co-founder of Ajoke Aishat Afolabi Foundation, an NGO named after his mother, which caters for the less privileged, especially indigent women and girls. Hundreds of children are on the NGO’s scholarship.
Kehinde was described as a generous man that supported the career of some of Nigeria’s notable artistes, including Naira Marley, Mega 99 and LAX.
He was married to Yemisi Afolabi and blessed with three lovely children – Ayomide (son), Adunola (daughter), and Toluwabori (son).