Orisabunmi and siblings did not die of the Covid-19 virus – family.

Family members of the late Queen of Yoruba Nollywood, Mrs. Folakemi Aremu, popularly known as Orisabunmi, has denied the viral reports linking her death and that of her siblings to COVID19 complications.


Uncle Steve, Folake and Janet all dead.


Reports have gone viral on social media platforms that Orisabunmi contracted COVID19 at an event where a popular gospel artiste, Esther Igbekele, performed in Ibadan, Oyo State in December.

The rumor mill added that Orisabunmi later infected other family members.

Describing the rumor as unfounded and a calculated attempt by ‘bad people’ to denigrate the late actress and her siblings, the family warned that facts of the matter should be obtained before going to press.

The late actress, aged 61, died on January 6 during a brief illness while her elder brother, Mr. Steve Onisola, who was the Technical Director of Kwara Falcons Basketball Club of Ilorin, died on January 7, at the age of 72.

Their younger sister, Mrs. Janet Ademola, was said to have died as a result of complication arising from the shock of her siblings’ death on January 6.

The late actress, aged 61, died on January 6 during a brief illness while her elder brother, Mr Steve Onisola, who was the Technical Director of Kwara Falcons Basketball Club of Ilorin, died on January 7, at the age of 72.

Their younger sister, Mrs Janet Ademola, was said to have died as a result of complication arising from the shock of her siblings’ death on January 9.

A member of the family, Oluwaseun Adelubi, said, “We have been hearing and reading the unfounded lies being circulated on social media about their death being Covid-19 related but I can tell you that it is a lie, such nonsense should be ignored.

“I am not sure what those behind the lies want to achieve with their stupid act of misinforming unsuspecting members of the public with unfounded lies about the Onisola family. The coach died in Ilorin while Orisabunmi and aunty Bukky died in Ibadan.

“Death is not what anybody prays for, but the death toll in the family, last week, is not about COVID-19. It was just a coincidence and we have been praying to God to avert such event in our family.”

A lady in the viral audio said she is a neighbor to Orisabunmi and claimed Orisabunmi died of the Coronavirus which she passed to her late younger sibling.

Meanwhile, the obsequies of the late coach have been released by the family.

It was learnt that his wake keep would hold at Onikanga Street, GRA Ilorin, while his body would be laid to rest at Aranloye Compound, Olla Isin Local Government Area of Kwara State.

The burial arrangements of Orisabunmi and her younger sister are yet to be announced.





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