Ibrahim Okunola, husband of late Nollywood actress Aisha Abimbola who passed away recently, has finally spoken about the loss of his late wife. The grieving husband also addressed rumours that stated that the couple had divorced before Aisha’s passing.
Aisha Abimbola popularly known as Omoge Campus for her role in a popular movie had passed away after battling cancer. She had been laid to rest in Canada where she died. Friends and colleagues in the industry had also organised a candlelight and prayer session to honour the late actress who died on Tuesday, May 15. In a chat with The Punch, Okunola expressed that he would miss his late wife until he dies. He described her as a strong and virtuous woman who was always determined to achieve all her dreams and goals.
He said: “It is a lie that we had divorced. We had not lived together for about seven years but we were still legally married till she died. The reason we were separated is a family issue. I would miss her till I die because she was a virtuous mother and a go-getter. I gave her the nickname, Magic Aisha because she had a way of achieving her dreams and goals. She was someone that would give you her shoulder to lean on and her listening ears no matter what you are going through. Even when she was not in my house again, if I had any issue in life, I always called her.”
According to him, the late actress had decided to keep her illness a secret. She revealed that he had believed that she would survive cancer because she was the fighter and a strong woman.
Okunola said: “The late Aisha was my wife and her death has made me very sad. I knew she had cancer but we did not see her death coming. I thought she was going to survive the battle against cancer because she was a fighter and she really fought cancer. Though most people did not know about her ailment, she gave cancer a good fight before she died. She did not tell people that she had cancer because she did not want people to pity her neither did she want to beg the public for money. Aisha was someone that respected my opinion and vice versa. Whenever she said something, I normally agreed with her. We discussed the issue of telling the public about her illness but she refused to open up to the public and I had to respect her opinion.”
The grieving husband also addresses the rumour that he and his wife were divorced. He alleged that they were separated for seven years but they never divorced. He said: “The last time I saw her was a week before she travelled out of the country and if I am correct that would be December 23, 2017. She wanted to travel with our children to America and she needed some documents so she asked me to come with the documents she needed because for about seven years, we had not been together but we were still legally married. We actually met in Femi Falana’s office for her to get the documents. After I had given her the required documents, I told her that she looked so lean, the next thing she did was to look at me and begin to weep. I had to comfort her and tell her that I would be with her in America the following year because I believed she was going to survive the illness being the fighter that she was. Sadly, she did not win the battle against cancer.”
Okunola further thanked Omoge Campus’ colleagues for holding the candlelight and prayer session in honour of his late wife. “I am also very grateful for the support of The Golden Movies Ambassadors of Nigeria led by Saidi Balogun. They did not only hold a successful candlelight and prayer session for my late wife in Nigeria but they stood by our family in our time of grief.”