Joe Okei-Odumakin, widow of the late spokesperson of the Yoruba socio-cultural group Afenifere Yinka Odumakin, has been delivered of twins.
A statement on Sunday signed by Okei-Odumakin said she was delivered of the babies — a boy and a girl — at a United States’ hospital on October 27.
The 55-year-old mother and the babies are in excellent health condition. The twins are coming 18 years after the last childbirth.
The statement described it as a miracle birth in fulfilment of the wishes of the late Odumakin towards the end of his life on earth to have another baby to be named after him.
“The couple 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 statement read.
“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.”
Okei-Odumakin said her husband, who died in April, never heard the news of his wishes come to pass, adding that he had already 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,” she added.