-As the Nigerian Society Mourns The Consummate Banker, Affable socialite and Suave Politician
-Pictures From His Burial Ceremony
On Monday, July 20, 2015, the Lagos social circuit, was yet again, thrown into a mourning mood. This was occasioned by the tragic death of Mustapha Olatunji Dokunmu, one of Nigeria’s most prominent Big Boys and socialite. He died after a protracted battle with stroke, which had plagued his health for five years. He was aged 52.
More tragic is the fact that Dokunmu died just barely a month after burying his father, Chief Muraina Akanni Dokunmu (aka Madoks), the popular and gregarious socialite and Balogun of Ake, Egbaland, who died in the first week of June.
The late Chief Dokunmu, 83, was very close to the throne of Egbaland and had lived a successful and gregarious life. He was a member of the Island Club, the Abeokuta Club, the Yoruba Tennis Club, the High Society Club and many other social clubs. The great Juju maestro, Ebenezer Obey had extolled Madoks in many of his favourite hit tracks to exemplify his immensely social popularity.
The ELITES gathered that during the high point of Dokunmu’s battle with stroke, he was flown abroad and admitted at The Wellington Hospital, the largest independent hospital in the United Kingdom, which is located in St John’s Wood, North London. He was reported to have spent one year at the hospital and was discharged when it was discovered that his state of health had improved.
A trained banker, Dokunmu had his early education at the Comprehensive High School, Aiyetoro and the University of Ibadan, where he bagged a Masters degree in Finance and Accounting. His vast experience in financial sector traversed many notable banks. Dokunmu belonged to the class of intellectually robust bankers who helped in shaping and defining what is today, known as the crop of new generational banks.
After his exit from the banking sector, Dokunmu veered into politics, and joined the Democratic Peoples Alliance (DPA). He later went ahead to contest for a seat in the House of Representatives election for Abeokuta South Federal Constituency in 2007. Although, he lost the seat, Dokunmu earned the respect of many people on account of his suave style of politics.
Dokunmu, who was a former Social and General Secretary of the Island Club of Lagos, was known to be a charmer, and he made quite a strong impression on many society ladies. Aside his marriage to his official wife Jumoke (née Jagun), which produced three children, he was also romantically linked with Tola Ademosun, the controversial and party-loving society lady. The affair produced a daughter, Maryam. Dokunmu later dumped Tola for Fausat, a senior staff of the United Nations.
The remains of Tunji Dokunmu were interred at the Victoria Garden Cementary, Lekki-Epe Expressway, yesterday. He will be sorely missed by a multitude of friends and admirers.
Below are pictures from Tunji Dokunmu’s burial.
2 thoughts on “TRAGEDY: Popular Lagos Big Boy, Tunji Dokunmu Dies, One Month After Burying Father”
vanity upon vanity
I will never forgive Chief Akanni Muraina Dokunmu.I worked for him but he refused to pay me in year 2005.Everybody must taste dealth one day.His entire generation will pay for it.