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Mrs. Cordelia Olubunmi Irele, 86, who passed away in Lagos, on Monday, January 28th, 2013, was laid to rest on Friday, February 15th instant. A funeral service was held at St. Leo’s Catholic Church, Toyin Street, Ikeja, Lagos. Her remains were interred at Ikoyi cemetery and reception was held at Ten Degree’s Events Centre, Oregun.


Mrs. Irele was born in Lagos on Friday, March 12th, 1927, to Mr. Hector Willoughby and Mrs. Honoria Folashade Pereira, nee Caulcrick (both deceased).


The young Cordelia had her elementary and secondary education at Methodist Girls’ Schools, Yaba (the Lagos suburb that was designed by her maternal grandfather, Joseph Theodore Nelson-Caulcrick, a civil engineer and town planner).


She began her working life as a teacher in Ibadan, capital of the then Western Region of Nigeria. She got married to her first love, Mr. Bennett Isola Irele, a Senior Civil Servant with the now defunct Posts and Telegraph (P & T) … now, NIPOST. He was a sprinter for the Western Regional athletics federation, hence the nickname “Irele Race”.


Mr. and Mrs.Irele were blessed with seven children: Mrs. ‘Yinka Adeniji, Mrs. ‘Funmilayo Ladele, Pastor ‘Dupe Irele, Mr. Edward ‘Bolaji Irele, Mrs. Oluremi Ajayi, Master Adebayo Irele (deceased) and Mrs.‘Funmilola Davies; 21 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.


Mrs. C.O. Irele, affectionately called “Sisi Yinka”, was the elder sister of the first Federal female Permanent Secretary, Mrs. Francesca Yetunde Emanuel, Air Force Group Captain (rtd.) Theodora Oluyinka Pereira, the late Army Major Francisco Olumide Pereira and Mrs. Eugenia Olajumoke Asiodu.


Here are some of the faces at the reception.


Photographs by multiple award-winning photographer, author, Director of Photography (THISDAY newspaper group), Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of PHOTONEWS online, SUNMI SMART-COLE; and PHOTONEWS Staff Photographer, MUYIWA IK-DAIRO.


Producer and Director MICHELLE BELLO’S film, “FLOWER GIRL”, premieres in Lagos


Producer and Director MICHELLE BELLO’s latest movie, FLOWER GIRL, premiered at Silverbird Galleria, Victoria Island, Lagos, on Wednesday (February 13th, 2013).

According to Director Bello … “With over one hundred extras, three cameras, twelve locations and a cast and crew of the best West African talent, Flower Girl has become a tour de force and one of the hottest, most anticipated films of the year. To now see it come to the big screen is a blessing and a true testament that, with God, all things are possible.”

Damilola Adegbite, Chuks Chukwujekwu, Chris Attoh, Bikiya Graham-Douglas, Eku Edewor, Patrick Harry Doyle, Teni Aofiyebi,Tosan Edremoda-Ugbeye, Ahide Adum, Jude Ufuoma Orhorha, Ijeoma Grace Agu and Angela Adiele were the main actors.

Here are some of the faces at the event.

Photographs by Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of PHOTONEWS: SUNMI SMART-COLE; and Staff Photographer MUYIWA IK-DAIRO


High Society Wedding of GOZY EKEH and TOLU IJOGUN, in Lagos.

                                     GOZY EKEH WEDS ‘TOLU IJOGUN The former Miss Gozy Andrea Ekeh got married on Saturday, Feb. 2nd, 2013, to Mr.Tolulope Kolawole Ijogun. The Solemnization of Holy Matrimony took place at Our Lady of Perpertual Help (Catholic) Church, […]


PRESENTATION OF BOOKS ON BOLAJI AKINYEMI A public presentation of two books on former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Professor Bolaji Akinyemi, was held at the Nigerian Institue of International Affairs (NIIA), Victoria Island, Lagos, on Thursday, Jan., 31st., 2013. Governor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State was the Guest of Honour. Former President, General Ibrahim Babangida, […]

Bishop ADEBAYO AKINDE becomes Lagos’ new Archbishop

LAGOS GETS NEW ARCHBISHOP  History was made in Lagos today, Sunday, Jan. 27th, 2013 … the seat of the Archbishop of the The Ecclesiastical Province of Lagos, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), moved from Lagos Island to the Mainland.A Welcome and Thanksgiving Service was held at St. Jude’s Cathedral, Ebute-Meta, Lagos, for the new archbishop […]


  The 7th ASF Memorial Christmas Concert 2012 The seventh annual Ajumogobia Science Foundation Memorial Christmas Concert (ASF) took place at Shell Hall of the Music Society of Nigeria (MUSON) Centre, Onikan, Lagos, on Friday, December 21st, 2012, at 2pm and 6pm respectively. This joyous family concert series was yet another captivating event full of festive delights with seasonal, traditional and contemporary […]